Subscriber Stephen wrote with a problem that he had when reinstalling Windows XP:
Good day Terry
I have an Acer Aspire5315 from a child who has an XP install disk with SP3 and a new hard drive.
It seems I need a SATA drive to get the install to start.
How do I add the drivers to the install
I wrote back to Stephen to explain the problem and the solution.
In one of the very early stages of the WIndows XP install process, before Windows XP ever starts loading all the files from the CDROM onto the hard drive, the XP install process has several stopping points that require user action.
One of these tells the user to press F6 to install any necessary hard drive drivers. This is the point where you need to install your motherboard’s SATA driver for Windows XP or the Windows XP driver for a SATA interface card (if you added one).
If you don’t install the SATA driver at that point, the Windows installation process will proceed, using drivers that are on the Windows XP install CD. However, for some reason, Windows XP doesn’t install them on the hard drive.
When you reboot during the install, Windows XP won’t be able to boot the drive because it won’t have the SATA drivers installed.
What happens if you don’t have Windows XP drivers for the SATA ports on your motherboard or your SATA interface card? Visit the motherboard or card manufacturer’s web site to find and download them. Hopefully the manufacturer has them available for download.