2: Integrate SATA/RAID Drivers using DriverPacks
DriverPacks is a well known solution for allowing the integration of a number of drivers onto your XP install CD or Vista / 7 DVD. Although it can include other drivers such as sound, video and network, for the purposes of this article we’re only interested in the Mass Storage drivers and getting them installed so you don’t need a floppy drive during XP’s setup. The big advantage here is this method doesn’t need you to find the exact driver for your storage controller, just about all the major brands are already included in the driverpack file you download.
You WILL need a folder on your hard drive with the contents of your XP CD copied into it for the drivers to be integrated.
1. Visit DriverPacks.net and download the latest DriverPacks BASE program. Run the SFX archive and extract it to the folder of your choice, then run the DPs_BASE.exe file.
2. DriverPacks uses Bittorrent these days to distribute its driver archives and the updating function from within the program doesn’t work. Visit the Mass Storage XP drivers download page and download the torrent file. Then either add it in and download the file from your favorite torrent client, or use one of the methods such as BitLet from our article about downloading torrents without installing software. The file to download is around 8MB.
3. Copy the downloaded drivers 7z file to the DriverPacks folder inside the folder you extracted DPs_BASE to.
4. Go back to the DPs_BASE.exe program (or start it if you haven’t already) and click on UpdateChecker down the left. The “DriverPack Mass Storage xx.xx” should be visible and say it’s up to date. If it’s not there, check the folder you placed the 7z file in from step 3 and click Refresh.
5. Click the Next arrow a few times or click on Settings -> Location and click on the Browse button. Locate the folder containing the contents of the XP CD you should have copied over before starting the tutorial.
6. Navigate to Settings -> DriverPacks and put a tick next to “DriverPack Mass Storage xx.xx”. Make sure it has also put a tick next to “DriverPack Mass Storage text mode – Update ‘F6’ drivers”.
No other settings need to be configured so you can now press Slipstream! to begin the integration. Unfortunately, once complete the DriverPacks tool cannot create an ISO to be burned back to CD, you can either install nLite or download and run a useful portable tool called RyanVM Integrator.
7. Download the RyanVM Integrator tool, run it and click on the Make ISO tab.
8. Use the top browse button to locate the XP folder on your hard drive, the next browse button for the ISO save name and location, and then press the Make button. The finished ISO will then be ready to be burned back to CD, use your favorite ISO burning software or choose one from our list of 10 free ISO burning tools. Or alternatively, write the XP ISO to USB for a faster Windows installation.
Now you have a new Windows XP CD/DVD that contains the SATA/RAID drivers needed to get your system running in AHCI/RAID mode without the need for a floppy drive. Boot your laptop or desktop with the new XP CD and install as normal without needing to press F6.