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Installing XP on a SATA without floppy

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I've just bought a new computer and built it up, but when I attempt to install XP on the SATA drive it seems I need a floppy disk with some drivers to be able to install the SATA HD. No HD with drivers was supplied with the motherboard or anything, and we didn't even buy a floppy drive.
so. Anybody know a way around this problem? Is it possible to install XP on a SATA without a floppy drive?
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Poke about in the BIOS, there should be an option to change the SATA type. Usually you set this to IDE mode. Failing that there should be another option for the type of SATA you're using - usually in the form of Legacy, Combinated and SATA. One of these will stop the need for use of a floppy.
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Of course, the legacy IDE mode causes further problems if you want to use it for hotswapping etc. But scince this is most likely not required for you, it's the best (and only) solution.
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