Posted 25 January 2009 - 10:17 AM
I want to reinstall XP SP2 on a clean system due to past bloating/corruption of the OS. For the record here are the system specs:
Mobo: Intel DP35DP
Proc: Core2 Duo 2666 MHz/Socket 775, 1333 Mhz FSB
Mem: 2x2Gb PC800 DDR2
Vid: XFX GeFORCE 8600 GT
HDD1 (System): Seagate 80 MB SATA (ST380215SCE 3Gb/sec)
HDD2 (Data): Seagate 320 MB SATA (ST3320620SV 3Gb/sec)
IDE DVD R/W
IDE DVD ROM
I have an original OEM version of XP SP2 on CD. I've stripped all non-essential programs and software updates from the HDD's. I backed up my data files on a 320Gb WD MyPassport drive. I scanned my computer thoroughly w/ my old AV software, and also with 3 online scanners: F-Secure, Symantec and Kaspersky - all were clean. Dl'd and ran SuperAntiSpyware (clean), and CCleaner. I subsequently stripped off all the AV and related programs and disconected from the internet. My system is naked and clean, and I have all of the drivers for the mobo and video card at hand. I have also disconnected my internal USB media reader - as I gather XP can recognize these as fixed disks and screw up drive lettering. I've set up my daughters computer next to mine so I have easy access to the web and this site.
I want to reinstall the OS on the 80Gb drive and continue to use the 320Gb for data and swap file. Was going to reformat both drives last night (adding an 8Gb partition to the 320Gb drive for the swapfile) using the Windows CD and recovery console. But DOH - it wouldn't recognize the sata SATA drives (should have seen that coming...)
I gather if one is doing a virgin install that you can slipstream the SATA drivers onto a bootable CD with the OS. Will this work if I want to format the drives too? Could I run the slipstream off the USB hard drive??? Last thing I want is multiple installs of the OS - I'd probably go over the edge, pitch the computers in the garbage and move into a cave!
Never done this before. I think I have all the necessary peripheral hardware to make this work, but lack the knowledge. Any pointers on the easiest way to accomplish this? My tech level is high-moderate - thanks to this site!
All help greatly appreciated!