Reinstall XP on Netbook using USB drive - How to Preinstall Driver?
Posted on 2011-10-20
I am rebuilding an HP Mini whose solid state drive was fried. I installed Win7 on a new WD Scorpio HD as a test, but now I want to reformat the hard drive as clean and install Windows XP from a USB. I know this isn't easy - but I've gotten most of the way there, I think!
I've used Win2Flash to transfer my XP Home SP3 slipstreamed install CD to a USB. It does boot to the USB, then begins the Windows XP Home Edition Startup. The blue screens look much like I see in most any OEM reinstall CD.
The problem is this: XP Setup does not recognize the installed hard drive (controller/chipset). I've downloaded the ACH7 driver package from HP, but I can't seem to figure out how to install it or integrate it with the Setup files.
Windows Setup tells me that it doesn't recognize any drives; then gives me a list of adapters or Other (Requires disk provided by a hardware manufacturer).
I can add more details but I think if you've solved something like this before you'll already know the rest of them.