Great article! But I still cannot get Windows Setup to recognize my SATA drive. I used all the drivers you mentioned. My controller is the Intel 82801FR SATA AHCI.
I did not see that one listed the driver list that comes up when I loaded your infs. Many others do, but not the FR version. Do I have the wrong ones?
Yes, the "old" Intel 82801FR SATA AHCI Controller is not supported anymore by Intel's actual textmode drivers (Intel Matrix Storage Manager). As a consequence it is possible, that your mainboard doesn't have the full AHCI features.
If you want to get AHCI support for your Intel S-ATA Controller, you should take the Intel Raid/AHCI drivers from your Dell CD or download this
driver package (it is not easy to extract it without a floppy drive).
As a result Windows Setup only sees my SATA boot drive if I change the BIOS the COMBINATION mode instead of RAID autodetect/ AHCI.
When you say that doing this loses all AHCI funtionality, I can still load the full Windows driver once I get there and restore full functionality so I can change the BIOS back to AHCI, right?
If you don't have RAID, you shouldn't set the BIOS to "Raid". The "autodetect/AHCI" BIOS option should detect your Intel SATA AHCI Controller.
Try to load the Dell Intel drivers (from the Dell CD or from the download link I gave you) and look what happens. If it doesn't work this way, you should integrate the drivers into a bootable XP XD and do a fresh install.