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Windows XP does not recognize SATA Drives or Raid driver floppy

Hi, I have a computer that I am trying to do a fresh install of XP on. I have two 150gb SATA drives that I have previously and recently ran in a RAID 0 array with no problems. I was re-formatting and reinstalling windows onto my drives, and in anticipation of the need for third party raid drivers, I copied the drivers from the make disk function of the motherboard support CD (I did this on a separate computer). However, when it is time to install the third party drivers and I am prompted by windows to enter the hardware support disk, it does not seem to recognize or be able to read the diskette, and just asks me to insert the disc again. I have tried four different floppy discs, So I do not think that is the issue, and when I am initially making the disc, I do not encounter any errors.I have ran windows xp and then vista on this computer fine before, and before I started to try and install xp again, I made sure to format the array. The drives are also still visible in the BIOS.

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chrisdunn_6Commented:
What is your motherboard Model?
Does the floppy drive work on the computer you are installing on?

 When you create the floppy can you access it in windows. You need to make sure there is a file named txtsetup.oem or something similar.
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MarkCommented:
You may need to use the floppy drive you made this disk on as there can be discrepancies in the placement of the writing reading heads between different drives. This would cause the floppy not to be read on a different floppy drive.
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MarkCommented:
Another way to do this is to slipstream the raid drivers onto the installation CD.
http://maxeasyguide.blogspot.com/2008/04/preparations-for-winxp-installation-cd.html
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PalbartAuthor Commented:
@ Chrisdunn 6 - The motherboard is an Asus P5N32E-SLI. The floppy drive has always worked for me in the past, and it shows up in the BIOS, So I would assume it's working?

@ sparkmaker - I wrote the floppy on a different computer on a removable USB floppy drive (the floppy in my pc is hard-installed). If I attach the USB floppy to the computer I am trying to install windows on, will it read it? My concern is that it won't recognize the usb drive as floppy drive A and wont read from it.
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chrisdunn_6Commented:
1. Get the third party raid drivers directly from your manufactures site.
2. Make 2 floppy Disks 1 with the drivers 1 dos boot disk.
3. If you can boot the dos disk there is no problem between drives.
4. make sure you can see the file txtsetup.oem or it will not work
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chrisdunn_6Commented:
goto asus website http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?SLanguage=en-us
First drop down is motherboard
second drop down is socket 775
third drop down is p5n32-e plus

Click on sata and there is the correct makedisk utility
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chrisdunn_6Commented:
remember after you make the disk open it and look for txtsetup.oem. Make sure the floppy is done writting before removing the floppy. if you see txtsetup.oem it will work as long as the floppy works.
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PalbartAuthor Commented:
@ Chrisdunn 6 - I did that and made sure that txtsetup.oem was on the floppy. Still no go. I am thinking that my floppy might not work, but it is recognized in the BIOS so could that still be the case?
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MarkCommented:
There is always the possibility that the floppy heads are not working or are misaligned. Being recognized in the BIOS does not necessarily mean t reads discs.
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PalbartAuthor Commented:
is there any way for me to use my USB floppy drive? My computer didn't recognize the USB keyboard I tried to use, so I had to plug in a serial one, making me believe my usb drive might not be recognized.
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MarkCommented:
Check in the BIOS to enable legacy USB
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chrisdunn_6Commented:
Also in bios advanced is sata configured as raid
if it is you must boot to raid configuration and raid drives
otherwise set sata configured as ide for non raid.

does the floppy work in the usb after you put it in the other floppy?
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chrisdunn_6Commented:
Also set usb emulation type to floppy
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PalbartAuthor Commented:
Thanks, it turned out being a number of those things. Had to set legacy usb to on and configure the sata as a raid. Also replaced the floppy drive ide cable.
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