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Can I install XP w/SP2 from a SATA optical drive?

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  • Floppy Disk
  • Windows XP
Last response: in Windows XP
December 29, 2006 10:43:50 PM


Trying to put together an order for parts for my next computer. I have been told XP does not come with SATA drivers so you need a floppy drive in order to load SATA drivers from a floppy during the installation process, so XP can use the SATA HD. So I need a floppy drive apparently.

However, that makes me wonder if you can even boot up XP from the CD-ROM drive if that drive is itself a SATA drive.

Do you need an IDE optical drive in order to boot up the XP install disc?

Thanks in advance.


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December 30, 2006 1:42:20 PM

You're getting way ahead of yourself.

If you don't enable RAID, XP will see the drives without drivers. Just make sure you have proper Boot order.
December 30, 2006 2:39:57 PM


I am asking now because I don't want to order all SATA optical drives if I need an IDE one to install XP.