Bootable CD or Equivilent SATA Controller Support

By kwillson ·
In past I've used DOS bootable or CD bootable devices to boot a computer within a DOS prompt while running utilities like Ghost. These PC's were all ATA.

Today's PC/Laptop are different as they have SATA Hard Drives / Controllers. These same bootable DOS disks/CD/USB do not load SATA drivers.

Question- Where can I get a DOS CD Bootable Image to provide support for SATA Controllers / Drives so I may run Ghost or other utilities from DOS prompt?


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Drivers not Needed for Ghost

by willcomp In reply to Bootable CD or Equivilent ...

Ghost will handle SATA drives without any problems. I use Ghost on a bootable CD to clone SATA hard disks. No additional drivers are required.

Are you just assuming that your boot disks won't work, or have you tried them?

post back with any specific problems.

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Not Just Ghost

by kwillson In reply to Drivers not Needed for Gh ...

In past, I've used Delpart to delete partitions. I've noticed on newer cmputers when I install XP, the CD/DVD does not acknowledge the hard drive. However, when I install Vista, Vista does see the hard drive during installation. After installing Vista, I then run Windows XP CD to boot, so I can install Windows XP.

That's the only way I can get XP to install/reinstall on newer computers w/ SATA drives.

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Add driver at CD boot

by sidekick In reply to Not Just Ghost

When booting from the XP CD, watch for a message to press F6 to add a driver. Press F6, XP will continue to copy files, then when XP is ready for the driver, it will ask if you want to add one. You will probably need to put the driver on a floppy to add it, and hopefully you can download the driver from the internet. I don't know if your other utilities have a similar option.

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by TheChas In reply to Not Just Ghost

What you need to do, is create a XP install CD with the SATA drivers slip-streamed onto the CD.

There are numerous questions here in the forum that have links to various web sites that describe how to slip-stream SATA drivers onto an XP install CD. Or, just google slipstream and SATA.


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Major Difference

by willcomp In reply to Not Just Ghost

between using utilities and installing XP. It always helps to be specific when asking questions.

The Chas is correct that slipstreaming is the preferable approach. The easiest method is nLite.

Driver packs are available here:

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