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Hello, I need to install a mass storage driver on my Intel Motherboard. Windows XP is asking for the floppy disk that came with my motherboard. The motherboard does not have a FDD port. It requires the use of a USB floppy drive. According to Microsoft, there are only 3 drives that, it claims, XP will recognize. Something about the "Txtsetup.sif file". I've searched around the web and I cannot find any of those drives. Can you, please help me
Thanks, Dave

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  • Comprookie Mar 09, 2008

    Hello, I am using a home built computer. I am using 2 SATA Hard drives. The motherboard only has 1 IDE port. I have a Sony DVD R+W drive plugged into it.

  • Comprookie Mar 09, 2008

    I am trying to set up a RAID Array. That's why I'm using the 2 SATA Drives. The motherboard is RAID ready, but XP needs the mass storage drivers. Is that what you're asking?

  • Comprookie Mar 09, 2008

    I guess I should have said, I need to install the RAID Drivers. Sorry 'bout that!

  • Comprookie Mar 10, 2008

    The Product Guide, that came with my motherboard, **ted that I would have to use a USB diskette drive, in order to install the RAID driver. As I previously stated, there is ** FDD port on the board. They provided a link to Microsoft. It stated there were only 3 compatible USB floppy drives. I don't understand why ! The Product Guide did, however, state that RAID configuration could be set up after XP was already installed on just one of the SATA drives. If XP was already installed, it makes me wonder if, possibly, "any" USB Floppy Drive would work.

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Yes..this one is a little complicated...who's computer are you using? Home built or off the shelf?

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    Patrick Michaels Mar 08, 2008

    this might be able to be done from bios, but that board most likely only supports a certain number of drives, and of course, they will need to be compatible(IDE, EIDE) etc...what type of drive you have currently?

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    Patrick Michaels Mar 09, 2008

    ok..and the mass storage device..is it PCI or USB compatible?

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    Patrick Michaels Mar 09, 2008

    ahh..got it..wondered about that. There is a whole differenty set of Bios drivers needed for that. Did someone you know suggest you could do this?

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    Patrick Michaels Mar 10, 2008

    the major issues here are the on board chipsets, the memory and uP capacities to handle that much data. This is the essence of the PC world, the configuration options. I wish you good luck on this project.

    thanks for using fixya

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