You are getting off-track here. You do not need to boot with Win98 or
anything other than the XP CD to prepare your hard drive to accept the
XP operating system.
1. Have the drivers for your SATA hard drive on a floppy. If you don't
have a floppy drive, get a USB external floppy drive.
2. Go into your computer's BIOS. How you get into the BIOS depends on
your motherboard, but basically there will be a notice on the screen
when you first start the machine that says something like "Press F2 [or
DEL or some other keypress] to enter Setup". Here is a link with common
3. Once in the BIOS, make sure that a) legacy USB is enabled. Change the
boot order to CD/DVD drive first, hard drive second.
4. Insert the XP install CD and restart the computer. When you see the
prompt to "press any key to boot from CD" do so. The XP install will
start. Very early in the install there will be a message at the bottom
of the screen that says "Press F6 if you need to install additional
drivers" so press F6. As the installation progresses, it will prompt
you for the additional drivers. Put the floppy with the SATA drivers in
the floppy drive and follow the instructions.
The XP install will now be able to see your hard drive and you can
partition and format it during installation.
5. Make sure your XP CD includes Service Pack 2. If it is a new copy of
XP it will since SP2 has been out for nearly two years now. If your XP
install CD does *not* include SP1 or SP2, make a slipstreamed install
CD with SP2 first before you start all this.
How to slipstream SP2 into XP
If you still cannot install XP, you have done something wrong in
building your computer, have hardware issues, or aren't following the
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