SATA RAID drivers for XP Installation

By rosaw ·
I'm trying to install Windows XP SP2 from a bootable cd but My RAID driver is ALi SATA/RAID Controller (M5289). I downloaded the driver "SATA RAID Driver (For system to read from floppy diskette during Windows installation)" from http://www.asrock.com/MB/download.asp?Model=H67DE3&o=XP to add to the installation through a Floppy disk.
But the drivers are Intel one's and maybe it's because of that that they aren't working.
I've copied the files to the floppy disk and in the installation I've choosen driver "Intel<R> Desktop Express Chipset SATA RAID Controller for Windows XP". It sends me an error of not findindg any hard disk drive.
My motherboard is ASRock.
Thanks for your help.

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Is the RAID controller an add-on?

by seanferd In reply to SATA RAID drivers for XP ...

If you are using an expansion card rather than the on-board RAID, get the driver for the card being used.

Did you otherwise follow the copy-to-floppy instructions given?

If you still get no joy, and would rather look for the correct driver after installation, and are using SATA but not RAID, go to BIOS setup and set AHCI to compatibility mode for the installation.

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The above answer covers most things it could be

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to SATA RAID drivers for XP ...

But when you use the XP Install Disc which has to be a M$ Branded Install Disc not a System Makers Recovery Disc when the First Blue Screen appears press the F6 Key and wait till you are prompted to insert a Floppy with the SATA/RAID Driver.

This Driver needs to be copied to the Root of the Floppy not into a Folder so if you are hoping that the Driver will be found and it's in a Folder called something it' remains invisible to th Windows Installer.

The easier way to proceed here is to Slipstream a Install Disc with the required drivers for your hardware. You could manually setup a Slipstreamed image or use a product like nLite available free here


Just do not forget the Instructions on their Web Site here on how to properly use this application


It makes installing Windows and additional Service Packs much faster and a lot less hassle.


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