Ever have one of those days? I mean it seemed like a good idea at the time but it soon turned in to a catastrophe.
I have been having problems installing XP and Server 2003 on computers with
newer motherboards that use the SATA II and SATA III specification. XP and
Server 2003 with SP 1 through SP 3 do not have the drivers for SATA II or III
drives (hard, SSD, or CD/DVD) so when you start the install it will hang at the
splash screen and never go any further.
This took me about six weeks to figure out, originally I thought that the new
Core 2 i Series processor was the culprit until I came across a program called
nlite.exe (be careful with this program - there are some that are infected with
viruses - only get it from the publishers web site!).
With a lot of research I discovered that the original SATA specification was
written with backward compatibility to the IDE interface but the newer SATA II
and III specifications are for the ICH only (which is the same as a USB
specification for communication between devices). This led me to searching for
SATA II and III drivers with the ICH specifications and there are quite a few
out there. If you are having problems with a newer motherboard and want to
install XP before you wipe the drive check the drivers for the SATA drives in
the computer, look at the properties in the Device manager, you are looking for
the name of the publisher for that driver. Intel has a lot of different drivers
with the ICH specification written in to them.
After making my bootable CD and testing the end product with a slew of SATA
II and III drivers on three different computers I was satisfied and decided that
I needed a pen drive with the new installation from the cd.
I found a program that will put Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7 / 8 / 10 installation
media on a usb drive (if it is big enough) and make it a bootable device. Cool.
I wanted to put the install source files for XP and Windows Seven on usb pen
drives, sometimes it is faster than a cd/dvd (and some newer computers do not
have an optical (cd/dvd) drive!).
It is called
wintoflash, I downloaded the program (it
was free) and installed it. Then I put my XP cd in the DVD drive, plugged a 4 Gig Sandisk in the USB port and opened the program.
What I want to do is make the bootable XP OS install on a USB drive. Here are
the screen shots of the wintoflash
All is good, select the correct drive for the cd and the usb. Opps wrong drive letter. The program wiped my data drive.
Where I messed up is selecting the correct drive then going back and looking at the options, then assumed that the
wintoflash program kept the drives I selected, it didn't, it reverted back the drive the program was installed on. Keep that in mind if you use this program.
It will wipe the drive!
Troubleshoot, repair, maintain, upgrade & secure...
Select the cd/dvd source drive:
table, or PDF was removed because it will not display on your device. Check back on a PC....
Select the target USB drive:
Insure that you double check the drive letter, if you change pages the program will revert to the default install drive.
I have written a full
review of this program here, if used properly it does work, now to remove the boot cd image from the Sandisk...