How to Add a SCSI Driver to an XP ISO

Written by joel douglas
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Installing Windows XP on a SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) hard drive normally requires a floppy drive. Most SCSI controller manufacturers provide drivers on a floppy disc, which you must insert early on in the XP installation process. If you lack a floppy drive, however, or simply want to skip this step, you also can create a custom Windows XP installation disc with the drivers included. The freeware program NLite lets you create custom XP ISOs that you can burn to a disc and install.

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  1. 1

    Download the drivers for the SCSI controller from the manufacturer's website. Extract the drivers to your computer if distributed in a zip file.

  2. 2

    Download and install NLite. Open NLite by click the Windows "Start" menu and selecting it from the "All Programs" list.

  3. 3

    Insert your original Windows XP installation disc when prompted. Click "Browse" and select the appropriate CD drive letter. Select a location on the hard drive where you want NLite to copy the Windows XP installation files. Click "Next" when NLite finishes copying the files.

  4. 4

    Choose "Drivers" under "Integrate" and click "Next." Select "Multiple Driver Folder" from the "Drivers" drop-down menu. Click "Browse" and direct NLite to the location of the SCSI drivers on the hard drive. NLite will display an information dialogue box about the drivers. Click "Next," followed by "Yes" to confirm the driver integration. NLite will now integrate the SCSI drivers into the Windows XP installation files.

  5. 5

    Navigate back to the NLite main menu. Select "Last Session" and click "Next." Choose "Bootable ISO" in the "Options" menu. Click "Create Image" and select "Make ISO." Click "Browse" to choose a destination folder for the ISO file.

  6. 6

    Burn the ISO file to CD with a disc-burning application such as ImageBurn, BurnAware Free or Nero Multimedia Suite.

Tips and warnings

  • Create a custom Windows XP disc that includes drivers for all of your hardware to further simplify the installation process.

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