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Re-Installing Windows XP Pro

I've been doing Windows XP installations for years and I've never had this problem before.  My friend's toshiba laptop OS was corrupted and needed to have Windows XP Pro reloaded.  He still had the codes but unfortunately, the original install disks are gone.  In my collection of installation CDs, I have two types of install disks:  OEM re-installs for Dell Laptops and older installation CDs (no SP1 or SP2).

The problem I'm having is that the older installtion CD doesn't recognize the newer SATA drive in the laptop.  To make matters worse, the laptop doesn't have a floppy and Toshiba doesn't have a hard drive driver for the SATA drive.  I've tried the OEM install disks and the installation works, but registration is for an OEM license and the license he has was for a 5 octant product code (purchased separately since the laptop's original VISTA OS was/is a piece of crap).

I have tried integrating SP2 with the older XP installion CD and re-creating the bootable CD with thw installation files.  However, after getting the "Hit any key to boot from CD" prompt, I hit a key and the install program flashes the "checking configuration" and then the PC reboots!  I've tried a couple of cd writing programs (nero, imgburn) with the same result.

I appreciate any help on resolving this issue.  
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try if you can purchase the original cd's from Toshiba
You can use the VISTA product key which came with the laptop to install XP.
If that doesnt work with the OS CD which you have, please get a XP SP2 CD and try installing again.

You can use the nLite to modify and add addition drivers if required.
None of the windows XP disks include SATA drivers.

You could try going into the BIOS on the laptop ans see if there is an option to switch the SATA controller to Legacy mode.

If there is no SATA driver available then that is your only option. If you do manage to get a SATA driver you can slipstream it onto a CD with nlite http://www.nliteos.com/index.html
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The nlite program is a great slipstreaming program.  It was the only program I used that created a CD that would actually boot.  The other key component was the Intel Matrix Storage Component.  One minor problem when inserting the drivers in nlite, you need to use the "Text" drivers and not the "PNP" drivers.  Thank you all for the suggestions.