I have a Sony Vaio laptop (VGN-FZ140) which came with Windows Vista pre-installed in it. But then I needed 2003 server to work with server technologies. As usual I tried to insert the Setup CD and boot from it. Now here came a major issue, the installation wasn't detecting any of my hard drives. With lots of research I could finally have dual boot on my laptop. Here is what I did.
The problem was not with Vista at all. The default installation CDs of Windows XP and Window 2003 Server do not come with in-build drivers for SATA hard disks. And you do not have any floppy drives to specify custom drivers :(. So whats the solution; You need to have a installation CD of the OS with your laptop's driver embedded in it. Sounds complicated but it isn't.
There are a lot of tools in market that allow you to rip your installation CD, add your custom drivers into it and generate a newer version of installation disk. This process is called SlipStreaming.
The best & simple tool I found was nLite. You can download it from http://www.nliteos.com/download.html.
What you need to do?
- Copy a dump of your OS CD on your local hard drive.
- Download your laptop/computer drivers from your vendor's site and extract them to a temporary folder.
- Download nLite (or any other slipstreaming tool)
- Run the tool and provide it with your driver information and dump of OS
- After the tool has updated your dump with drivers, use any standard CD burning utility to create a bootable CD with your latest dump. Ensure that you have a bootable blank ISO file for the required operating system. Refer :http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=346
- Before starting the installation make sure that you have a seperate partition. If it doesn't exist use the Vista's disk manager to split your partition into two.
- Try to boot with the CD and install the OS.
- After you have completed the installation, your Vista boot is completely lost. Dont worry. Download this utility VistaBootPro from http://www.vistabootpro.org/ and use it to restore your Vista partition.
Be ready to do away with couple of blank CDs if things dont work at the first time.
Best of luck