Reinstalling XP on a SATA hdd
by cnot - 3/16/12 3:27 AM
I like to be prepared for the worse so have researched the process of reinstalling XP on my system. However I discovered that XP installation disks, being that XP is a relatively elderly OS, do not have the necessary SATA drivers included. The usual practice was to have the necessary drivers included on a floppy disk but most systems do not have floppy drives as standard.
Apparently, a get around is to use a free program like Nlite to copy the OS installation disk and slipstream in the necessary drivers. However, my motherboard chipset (Via P4M890 (Southbridge Model VT8237A)) appears to include PATA/SATA IDE Driver package. If my understanding is correct, then I presume I will be able to reinstall XP from the original OS disk anyway.
I would be grateful if any more knowledgeable forum members could confirm or otherwise if I am correct in my assumptions and pass on any related advice.