I have a HP NC6400 which I'm trying to rebuild with Windows XP Pro. When I insert and boot from the installation cd, I get a message that the installation can't proceed because it can't find any hard drives on the machine. After looking around the internet for a while it appears that the NC6400 has SATA harddrives which aren't supported on the standard Windows XP boot cd and so SATA drivers must be installed.
Unfortunately all the solutions that I have found (including on the HP site http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareIndex.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodNameId=1847704&prodTypeId=321957&prodSeriesId=1847703&swLang=8&taskId=135&swEnvOID=1093#166237
) require a floppy drive (I didn't even know these existed any more) which I don't have.
There are two solutions which I've found: 1) booting up from the cd while installing the drivers (Intel SATA AHCI Controller Driver) from a floppy disk; 2) creating a new boot cd and include the drivers in the boot cd. Unfortunately even the second solution required a floppy drive as the .exe from HP, which contains the drivers, loads them onto a floppy drive and won't run without one.
Is there anyway that I can install the drivers without a floppy drive, or should I give up and disable the SATA drives in the BIOS and simply run them as IDE? I'm not entirely sure how to do this, but I read somewhere that someone had used this option. Also if I manage to install XP with the drives as IDE will I then be able to convert them back to SATA and have them work correctly?
Long question, but I'd appreciate any help.