O/S will not load
First off I need a laptop with a Firewire port, second I can't us an O/S newer than Win2000, 2003 Server, Win XP but with a maximum of SP2, SP3 will load but it will not work on my program. I recently installed an SSID 128 GB Crucial H.D., my Motherboard BIOS recognized the SATA drive, DVD writer and legacy USB enabled. The BIOS does not have the ability to engage or disable Native SATA.
When I try to install W2k or XP Pro using an "external floppy drive" USB with the INTEL SATA DRIVER files on the floppy , hitting F6 on the installation setup the O/S displays a menu stating that if I needed to load another driver from the floppy hit "S". I choose the SATA driver file I need and I can hear it load the file. At that point it gives the choice of loading another file or to continue hit ENTER. I hit enter and it starts to load the Windows files but after a bit a menu is displayed telling me to hit "enter" to enable the "A" drive (floppy) but it can't find the "A" drive to load so the installation stops. I've done this over and over but the same bottleneck, can't find the floppy drive. It obviously found "A" when I did the F6 on load but can't find it later to complete the install. I suspect the PC does not recognize the USB Legacy port so of course no "A" drive. I enabled USB Legacy in the BIOS. It does this on 2 H.P. laptops so I don't think it's an isolated problem.
"Never corner something that's meaner than you are"
Add the Dos floppy drivers to the floppy disk, I would try that idea.
Stark Raving MOD
Do you mean an SSD (Solid State Drive), not a HD? SSID is for wireless networks.
If it's an SSD, XP doesn't natively support it. There is a lot of prep you'd need to do, plus you'd have to do manual garbage cleanup (no TRIM)
It would help if you posted the model of the laptop, so that we know what you're working with.
If you're sure you have the proper AHCI drivers (you should be using AHCI if you are using an SSD), then you can slipstream the drivers onto a new XP disc.