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How do you get around the RAID Drivers via floppy on XP install

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I recently purchased a dell dimension and it has built in RAID 0/1 however the WINDOWS XP installer disc doesnt know what this device is, so you are supposed to hit F6 or somethign during boot up to install the drivers by a floppy. However, like most modern PCs there is no floppy.

My question is, do I have to go buy a USB floppy just to install this OS or is there some workaround. I cant believe microsoft still has this ancient method of requiring a floppy disk.
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Hi nichiaiinc,

You can build a custom Windows XP disk including the drivers. Download the nLite software from http://www.nliteos.com/ and there's an option to add the drivers. You'll need you Windows CD handy.

There is a very good site for this process and much more advanced things you can do at http://unattended.msfn.org - this will give you all the instructions you need.

Cheers,
Daniel
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Hi nichiaiinc,

I know it doesn't help you in this case but just for your interest, Windows Vista now allows you to load the drivers from a USB flash drive :-)

Cheers,
Daniel
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Yeah the USB idea is brillant if it only worked for Xp. So is Mundys example of creating a boot CD with the drivers already installed the only way????

ahhh, losing respect for the big guy (microsoft)
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Yeah it frustrates me all the time. The only way other than customizing a CD is to use a USB floppy drive - but that hasn't always worked well for me.
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Thank you for the quick reponse
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