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Oct 5 2009   2:46AM GMT

What I learned last week: WinXP defaults to IDE!

Michelle Laverick Michelle Laverick Profile: Michelle Laverick

One of the things I learned last week was that when you create a brand new copy of Window XP, it defaults to using IDE as the disk type in vSphere4. Like many I simply re-used my existing template of Windows XP (which actually goes as far back as ESX 2.0) and upgraded the tools and hardware so I hadn’t spotted this before. Anyway, last week I needed a new copy of Windows XP, and for reason I can’t be arsed to explain my template wasn’t available. In the end it was just as easy to install a clean copy to a vSphere4 VM. At the back of mind I knew at some stage I would need to reach for my LSI Logic.flp file, and press F6 to tell Windows XP’s installer to use the driver. In the end I didn’t need it…

It’s not immediately obivious that Windows XP defaults to an IDE drive in vSphere4 because you still see the point of the wizard that asks what controller type you want to use. The IDE controller doesn’t appear as option/default unless you use the “custom” option and get to the end of the new virtual machine wizard:

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