SATA hard drives have become more and more appreciated tending to substitute the IDE drives due to the increasing speed they offer. Motherboard manufacturers started to implement the new standard years ago, when the technology was young and expensive. Now, as the SATA HDD prices have lowered to a level where anybody can afford to choose a SATA enabled HDD instead of an IDE one, a great migration has been observed among the common computer users.
They choose to install Windows and applications on SATA drives because they provide more speed which determines the system to run smoother. Thus, for those owning older mainboards with SATA support an extra step is required while attempting to install Windows XP. Windows XP does not provide drivers for all the SATA controllers, therefore, during the installation procedure, the user must insert a floppy with the drivers that came in the package along with the motherboard.
Not a big deal, not much effort, but the funny thing is that a great number of people passed on their floppy drives. Under these circumstances, no floppy means the impossibility to install Windows XP on SATA (on some mainboards). The result? The installation guide simply won't detect the SATA HDD.
DriverForge is a program that will automatically install all drivers from a specified location onto your Windows XP install. The tool actually works in quite a similar way to the DriverPacks script above and extracts the drivers from the DriverPacks archives and then installs them, but does it from the comfort of a graphical interface. Windows XP drivers. Windows XP is an honored “veteran” among all operating systems of Windows NT family, released on October 25th, 2001, and it’s still one of the most popular operating systems in the world till now. About 7% of all PCs all over the world still operate on Windows XP, 16 years later after its release. In your post you said you have all the disk. One is called the driver disk. Put this disk in the cdrom and you can install the drivers. If you do not have this disk you will need to find another computer from a friend or go to the library to download and burn the drivers onto a disk. Hardware drivers category page Microsoft Download Center. Premium Office apps, extra cloud storage, advanced security, and more—all in one convenient subscription. For up to 6 people For 1 person. Popular Hardware drivers downloads. 01 Microsoft® ODBC Driver 13.1 for SQL Server® - Windows, Linux, & macOS.
People that were happy they got rid of the old removable drive have now motives to worry. Some may reconsider buying new floppy drives for their computers. Even if I wrote in a precedent article about the utility of the floppy drive, I do not encourage spending your money buying back an obsolete piece of hardware. I will present you a method to avoid this inconvenient by doing a software trick.
Let's take it slow. Where is the problem? We have a driver problem strictly because the SATA driver we need does not come embedded in the Windows XP installation package. What if we add the driver by ourselves before installing Windows?
What ingredients are involved in this operation? The original Windows XP Installation CD, a freeware application named NLite and a blank CD. Moreover, we need the drivers for the SATA controller provided by the manufacturer. In case you did not find any floppy inside the motherboard package or you cannot locate them on the mainboard installation CD, you can consult the manufacturer's website to download the latest versions. To do the trick I have been talking about, it is assumed that you already have a Windows installed on an IDE drive. In case you don't, pay a visit to a friend and ask him to let you use his computer. It won't take too much time, I guarantee.
So, download the drivers and unzip them (in case they come archived) in a desired location. Then download and install the Nlite application. When you start the Nlite application, you will be asked to provide the location for the Windows installation package. Insert the genuine Windows Installation CD into the CD drive and, inside the application, select the CD drive letter.
To insert the SATA drivers within the installation package, you need to have it saved on the HDD. Hence, when the warning window appears click OK and select the destination folder for the files to be saved. Make sure that the destination partition / HDD has enough space to store the contents of the installation CD.
I tested a Windows XP Home Edition and it seems that it required about 566 MB. Immediately after you have chosen the destination folder, the application will start copying the Windows installation files. When finished, it will display some version information regarding the newly copied Windows Installation Package.
Now, click next twice until you get to a screen where you get options sorted in 4 categories: Integrate, Remove, Setup, Create. We are interested in the integration procedure, therefore select the Drivers button and click next. From the next menu window, click Insert and select multiple drive folder option from the drop down menu. This option permits you to browse to the location where the downloaded drivers are found.
Select the containing directory and click next. You will get a list with the available drivers (in case there are more than one) or simply one driver. Select it (them) and click next. Now the application will ask for the permission to start the integration procedure. Choose Yes and wait for the drivers to be inserted into the installation package.With problematic driver being included in the installation package you can install Windows XP on your SATA HDD..but..the installation package is on the HDD. You need a bootable CD in order to start an installation. Don't worry, once the installation package has been adorned with additional user selected drivers it can be transformed into a bootable disk image and later burned on a CD. To encapsulate the installation into a ISO image use the same Nlite application.
Open it, make sure the HDD installation folder is selected and click next. Select 'Last session' preset and click next again. Now from the options menu choose Bootable ISO and click next. In the following window, make sure that the mode is set to 'Create Image' and click Make ISO. A destination folder is required where the resulting ISO image will be saved. Once the image saving process finished you have the freedom to burn it on a blank CD with whatever you favorite CD burner software may be.The new CD will be the twin copy of the Windows Installation CD but with one difference, it includes the SATA driver.
If you’re a computer technician, the computer geek in your street or just a user who likes to play around with Windows, something you’ll face quite often is re-installing the operating system. Assuming installing Windows itself goes without any problems, the nightmares can really start when Windows doesn’t have generic device drivers for some of the hardware components. You need to identify the brand and model of the hardware and sometimes you even need to look for drivers using another computer when there aren’t any driver CD’s to hand.
When using a slow Internet connection it can take ages to even find a driver for a specific hardware component never mind downloading it, which could be in the hundreds of Megabytes. A simple solution is having a program to make installing Windows drivers an automated process which can be done from the local computer without having to use to the internet if you can help it. If you already have just about all drivers that would be needed for almost any machine stored on a CD/DVD or USB flash drive, it would take the hassle out of you finding, downloading and then installing them yourself. Here are 3 solutions for installing device drivers in Windows from a local source.1. DriverPack Solution
DriverPack Solution is a popular Russian program to automatically install drivers for Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 for both 32-bit and 64-bit. It greatly simplifies the process of updating your system drivers or any other computer that needs new drivers installed. The program bases itself around the popular DriverPacks set of compressed drivers which are packed with 7-Zip and contain thousands of different drivers for just about any piece of hardware.
DriverPack Solution comes in two flavors, a Lite version and a DVD version. The Lite version is only around 10MB and doesn’t include any driverpacks, you select which packs you want from the program and they download via bittorrent. The DVD version comes as a 4GB+ pre-built ISO image with all the driverpacks included which you download also via BitTorrent and burn to a DVD disc. The major problem we encountered was the full DVD version was extremely poorly seeded, never having more than 1 during testing. The Lite version is much quicker because it uses the official DriverPacks torrents which have more seeds and will download far faster.
The program will automatically scan for any drivers that need to be installed or can be updated. If missing drivers are found, simply click Update All, or if you want to see and control what’s installed, tick the Settings box, then tick Expert Mode. If you downloaded the Lite version the required driverpacks will need downloading. Do note that even if you choose to download no drivers at all, there’s still 700MB+ of updates, 3rd party programs and touchpad drivers which download by default and can’t be disabled. Once you have downloaded the driverpacks they will be stored in the default location of “C:DriverPack Solution” and the contents of the folder can be copied to USB flash drive or burned to a CD/DVD.
There is also a diagnostics option in the DriverPack Solution window which provides some basic information about your computer, a CPU temperature monitor, hard drive low space warning, a memory test and disk defrag. The system cleanup and antivirus options are really nothing more than affiliate links to other 3rd party software. A few other features on offer are a backup tab that can backup all the drivers in use to an executable file for restoring again later, and a Programs tab which offers to install a few Windows and 3rd party utilities.
During early releases DriverPack Solution used to change your browser Home page without asking, but this no longer happens and you get offered adware during the Lite version install instead.
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2. DriverPacks Script File
Although the DriverPacks driver archives are still the standard way to get hold of Windows drivers in compressed form, their DP Base utility is all but useless for this task now because it only supports creating a driver disc for XP, and then hasn’t been updated since 2010 to reflect newer updated packs.
In their forums, a developer and forum member have created a batch script that works on Window XP, Vista and 7 (and 8 if you can find some DriverPacks) which will auto install the correct drivers from the DriverPack archives for your system. All you need is to download the packs you want and place them in the correct location. Here’s how to do it.
1. Download and extract the Stand Alone Driverpack utility (SAD 2.5) from the DriverPacks forum thread. The file is a 7-Zip archive so you need a compatible archiver to extract it.
2. Go to the DriverPacks website and download the packs you want. All DriverPacks are only available as torrent files these days, so you will need a torrent client to get them or use an online service such as BitLet.
3. Once you have all the needed DriverPacks, they need to be copied into the correct folders inside the SAD folder.
- XP DriverPacks – go in the NT5x86 folder.
- Vista/7 32-bit DriverPacks – go in the NT6x86 folder.
- Vista/7 64-bit DriverPacks – go in the NT6x64 folder.
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There will be an example dummy 7z file in each folder.
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4. After this, the contents of the whole SAD folder can be copied to hard drive, USB flash drive or burned onto a CD/DVD. When you want to install drivers simply run the DP_Install_Tool.cmd. You MUST run the tool as administrator.
5. The tool will ask you a few questions before extracting and installing the drivers. First it will ask if you want to keep the drivers after install. Yes is useful to keep the drivers for future reference. The next question will ask if you want to create a restore point.
6. Next you will be asked of you want the drivers not required by the system to be removed, press Y so it doesn’t extract non related driver archives. The tool then extracts the needed DriverPacks to C:D and then installs the needed drivers. This may take a few minutes and you will be asked to restart the system afterwards.
3. DriverForge (XP only)
DriverForge is a program that will automatically install all drivers from a specified location onto your Windows XP install. The tool actually works in quite a similar way to the DriverPacks script above and extracts the drivers from the DriverPacks archives and then installs them, but does it from the comfort of a graphical interface. It’s known not to be compatible with Windows Vista or 7. Here are the steps to do it.
1. Download DriverForge and place it in an empty folder.
2. Go to the DriverPacks page and download the packs you want. It can be anything in the Windows 2000/XP/2003 (x86) DriverPacks section but remember the files need to be downloaded using bittorrent so could take a while. Copy the downloaded .7z packs to the same folder where you put the DriverForge program.
3. You can then either burn the whole DriverForge folder to a CD or copy it to a USB flash drive. When you want to install drivers on a system, run the DriverForge tool.
4. Check “Restart when completed” as Windows usually requires a restart after installing drivers, and “Delete uncompressed drivers when completed” if you want to save some hard disk space. In the “Path to Compressed Driver Files Location” box, browse for the folder where DriverForge and the DriverPack files are located.
5. Click the Start button and it’ll automatically extract the drivers to install and then install them.
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The best way to get drivers is to install them from the shipped disc and if unavailable to download them from the official hardware manufacturer website itself for the exact model and the model version (or revision) as they are specifically modified and optimized by the manufacturer for the architecture of that model of hardware, mainboard or device to fully control it, and other parties as listed above may propose generic (at the default state they were written and published by the original chip or sub-system maker (ex intel via sis.) ) or other hardware/models/brands designed and targeted drivers that may be working but they won’t be offerring full experience and rendering with the device and they may even cause PC crushes, so they should be used only as a last resort when unable to retreive the original drivers disc or the drivers were removed from the manufacturer website (discontinued)Reply
Ray I did it and everything is OK far as drivers. Hey thumbs up Ray.I will be rolling on Facebook.Reply
Great work thank you. I personaly work with DRP “Driver Sack Solution”
ps: there is also SDI “Snappy Driver Installer”
You are the best bro… you helped me a lot.Reply
can we add more programs to driver pack solution? as avast , unlocker etc etc ?
can any1 explian how to do ?
great work brother.tnx lot………………….Reply
Thank you very much !Reply
This thing is freaking great, please never stop updating IT!Reply
wow…it works! great info’s very informative. keep the good work.Reply
This thing rocks. I’m not an IT person and not really system savvy, but this thing was incredibly easy. I thought I’d have to pay someone to do it for me, but you guys saved me $75. Thanks.Reply
This is pure genius! Thanks Raymond!Reply
Thanks for this tips raymond. I have been reading your blog for quite some time now and i just want to say thanks for all the tips and information you have given. More power to your site and keep up the good work.Reply
wow thanks manReply
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Raymond, from the first moment I started reading your blog my job got so much easier and fun…
Thank you very much, again.
hey Raymond. You did it again…i was looking for this when you published it…thanks once againReply