I originally wanted to install xp on my sata drive. However its not discoverd by windows during the setup, I placed the sata/raid drivers on a cd in the hope that windows install could load the drivers from it though it appears windows install will only install sata/raid drivers from a floppy disk. I dont actually have a floppy disk drive, is there some way around this (other than forking out £10 for a floppy drive and cable im only ever going to use when installing os's)?
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With XP I think you're out of luck... the drivers can only be loaded with a floppy. There is a way to streamline them into the installation... but I don't know the procedure. It will involve making a new XP CD from the one you currently have... and obviously it will also involve the SATA drivers.