The SATA driver for your Dell XPS 600 is here: http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&releaseid=R105373&SystemID=XPS_PNT_P4_DXG&servicetag=&os=WW1&osl=en&deviceid=9711&devlib=0&typecnt=0&vercnt=1&catid=-1&impid=-1&formatcnt=0&libid=41&typeid=-1&dateid=-1&formatid=-1&source=-1&fileid=136025
The "Installation instructions" for this item on the download page are irrelevant as they don't explain how to install the driver prior to a fresh Windows installation.
Run the file and it will create a new "Dell" folder tree containing ten files.
Copy those ten files to the root of a floppy disk (copy the files only, not the folders or sub-folders).
Press F6 during Windows Setup when you see "Press F6.." at bottom of screen.
Leave the floppy disk in the drive and the files should be copied just before the reboot.
From what I've read elsewhere, you may need to try the above process several times before the driver installation is successful on a Dell PC.
Should you have need to look for a SATA driver in future on a different PC, remember that it's not supplied by the drive manufacturer because the driver is for the SATA Controller on the motherboard
, it's not for the hard drive itself.
Therefore, you need to be looking on either the PC maker's website, or the motherboard manufacturer's website.
Edited by pip22, 20 April 2011 - 09:18 AM.