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Installing SATA Drivers without a Floppy Disk (TTID #411)

Author: Kevin   Views: 158,044 /  Created: June 1, 2007
When installing Windows XP on a system with hard drive controllers not natively supported one or more of the following may be encountered:
  • New PC doesn't have a floppy drive.
  • Floppy drive is not functioning properly.
  • Drivers for controller shipped on a CD.
  • You don't want to press the F6 key during your installation.
* Note: If you system only contains Intel controllers see:
Installing SATA Drivers without a Floppy Disk (Intel Only) (TTID #414)

Please do not post these instructions on any other site. I put a lot of time into getting these to work properly. Link to this article instead using this URL:
http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=411



Caution: Windows Vista PE discs do NOT natively support the SiI 3112 Controller. Do not attempt using a DISKPART script from a USB drive. You may format the USB drive instead of the intended hard drive.

These instructions will add support for the following:
  • Intel 82801GR/GH SATA RAID Controller
  • Intel 631xESB/632xESB SATA RAID Controller
  • Intel 82801GHM SATA RAID Controller
  • Intel ICH8R/ICH9R SATA RAID Controller
  • Intel 82801HEM SATA RAID Controller
  • Promise SATAII150 TX2plus IDE Controller
  • Promise SATAII150 TX4 IDE Controller
  • Promise SATAII150 579 IDE Controller
  • Promise SATA300 TX2plus IDE Controller
  • Promise SATA300 TX4 IDE Controller
  • Promise SATA300 779 IDE Controller
  • Silicon Image SiI 3112 SATARaid Controller
  • Silicon Image SiI 3512 SATARaid Controller
  • ATI 436E Serial ATA Controller
  • ATI 4379 Serial ATA Controller
  • ATI 437A Serial ATA Controller
Preparation

The following items are required:
  • A copy of the original Windows CD/DVD or ISO.

  • A copy of the Boot Files (Downloaded Below).

  • A minimum of 1GB available hard disk space for CD's.
    A minimum of 5GB available hard disk space for DVD's.

Create a folder called OS on your hard drive (C: is used in this example).

In this folder create two sub-folder called BOOT, and ROOT.

http://www.tacktech.com


Copy the entire Windows XP SP2 CD (or extract the ISO) into folder ROOT.


Drivers (Part 1)

1.) Download Drivers. (sata-drivers.zip ~466KB).

2.) Create the folder structure C:\OS\ROOT\$OEM$\$1\DRIVERS.

3.) Extract the file from sata-drivers.zip into the folder C:\OS\ROOT\$OEM$\$1\DRIVERS.


Drivers (Part 2)

1.) Download Drivers. (sata-i386.zip ~668KB).

2.) Extract the file from sata-i386.zip into the folder C:\OS\ROOT\i386.


WINNT.SIF - Unattended Script

I won't make you suffer through listening to me ramble on about SIF files.

Simply create a new text file named WINNT.SIF in i386 folder.
Should be C:\OS\ROOT\i386\WINNT.SIF

Paste the following into it:


Edit the follwing in the [UserData] section:
  • Enter the ProductKey in place of xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx.
  • Enter the ComputerName in place of WorkStation.
  • Enter the FullName in quotes.
  • Enter the OrgName in quotes.
Save WINNT.SIF.

TXTSETUP.SIF

Open TXTSETUP.SIF using your favorite text editor.
Should be C:\OS\ROOT\i386\TXTSETUP.SIF

Paste the following into to [SourceDisksFiles] section:


Paste the following into to [HardwareIdsDatabase] section:


Paste the following into to [SCSI.Load] section:


Paste the following into to [FileFlags] section:


Paste the following into to [SCSI] section:


Save TXTSETUP.SIF.

DOSNET.INF

Open DOSNET.INF using your favorite text editor.
Should be C:\OS\ROOT\i386\DOSNET.INF

Paste the following into the [FloppyFiles.1] section:


Paste the following into the [Files] section:


Save DOSNET.INF.

Creating the Bootable CD/DVD/ISO

- View Creating Bootable Disc using Nero 6.6 (TTID #346)
- View Creating Bootable Disc using Nero 6.0 (TTID #297)
- View Creating Bootable Disc using Nero 5.5 (TTID# 296)
- View Creating bootable Windows 2000/XP/2003 CD/DVD (UltraISO 8) (TTID #412)
- View Creating Bootable Disc using UltraISO 7.5 / 7.6 (TTID #356)
- View Creating Bootable Disc using UltraISO 6.5 (TTID #301)
- View Creating Bootable ISO using UltraISO 6.5 (TTID# 302)
- View Creating Bootable Disc using Easy CD and DVD Creator 6.0 (TTID #311)
- View Creating Bootable Disc using Easy CD Creator 5.0 (TTID #298)
- View Creating Bootable Disc using CDBurnerXP Pro (TTID #359)
- View Creating Bootable ISO using CDBurnerXP Pro (TTID #360)
- View Creating Bootable ISO using WinISO 5.3 (TTID #326)


Revision History:

09.21.2007 - Added link to Intel only article. - Kevin

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