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« on: April 30, 2004, 09:06:11 PM »

PLEASE SUPPLY RELEVANT INFORMATION:
Operating System Version: Win2K
Problem Application Name & Version: OS Installation
Problem Hardware Make & Model: Dell Dimension 8300
Error Messages:



I use a customized winnt.sif file to do automated installations of Windows 2000 Pro.  I was recently handed a machine to install on which didn't have a floppy drive (The winnt.sif file is searched for on the A: drive).  I attempted to get around this by connecting a USB Floppy drive and inserting the floppy with the winnt.sif file there, but though the USB drivers were loaded, the automated install didn't get used.  Any hints on what to do with machines with no floppy when one wants to do an unattended install?
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« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2004, 03:03:22 AM »

JohnJohn:


You sound pretty technically oriented, so I won't water down
my answers.


That's one I haven't heard before. Hmmm..why don't you
customize a bootable install CD, setting the drive to boot
as drive A:

That way, when the install looks for the system information
file, it will look to the CDROM, and you can just leave the file
on the CD. This is a good site to start from for bootable CDs:
http://www.nu2.nu/bootdisk/cdrom/


Alternatively, you could make sure floppy disks are disabled in hardware setup, and create a RAMDISK as drive A: and copy the winnt.sif file there.


Shplad


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Originally posted by johnjohn

PLEASE SUPPLY RELEVANT INFORMATION:
Operating System Version: Win2K
Problem Application Name & Version: OS Installation
Problem Hardware Make & Model: Dell Dimension 8300
Error Messages:



I use a customized winnt.sif file to do automated installations of Windows 2000 Pro.  I was recently handed a machine to install on which didn't have a floppy drive (The winnt.sif file is searched for on the A: drive).  I attempted to get around this by connecting a USB Floppy drive and inserting the floppy with the winnt.sif file there, but though the USB drivers were loaded, the automated install didn't get used.  Any hints on what to do with machines with no floppy when one wants to do an unattended install?

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