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Hey


I need to install WinXP to my laptop which uses a SATA drive. Naturally I need drivers. But I lost my USB floppy drive.


So I was wondering, is it possible to use an IDE - USB enclosure for a floppy drive? Will it work??

Thanks!
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nope
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Different connectors even though they look very similar
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post #4 of 18
Pin count and signalling are different.
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post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
Pin count and signalling are different.
Roger that...its not going to work im afraid.
post #6 of 18
Use a USB key with the drivers on it. Im sure there are tut's on the net how to do it.
post #7 of 18
you wont need any sata/raid drivers.
xp install should recognise the hdd.
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post #8 of 18
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you wont need any sata/raid drivers.
xp install should recognise the hdd.
When laptops use native SATA, the sata drivers either have to be slipstreamed into the install, or loaded with a floppy disc. XP won't just see it.

OT: Check your bios, there may be an option to disable native sata and install windows with no issues. That's what I do on my HP.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by dasparx View Post
you wont need any sata/raid drivers.
xp install should recognise the hdd.
XP Pre-SP2 will need SATA drivers (or was it Pre-SP1?).

XP will need RAID drivers for the majority of controllers.

Quote:
Originally Posted by h33b View Post
When laptops use native SATA, the sata drivers either have to be slipstreamed into the install, or loaded with a floppy disc. XP won't just see it.

OT: Check your bios, there may be an option to disable native sata and install windows with no issues. That's what I do on my HP.
Are you talking about AHCI mode?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
XP Pre-SP2 will need SATA drivers (or was it Pre-SP1?).

XP will need RAID drivers for the majority of controllers.
Not necessarily - my P5K-E and DS3 don't need SATA drivers, and I only have an original XP disc (no SPs).

It seems to depend on the controller
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