Originally Posted by MrT-Man
Yeah, I did this successfully. You can download a lot of the drivers from the Sony support site, BUT some of the critical drivers and applications are only on the recovery discs. So step 1 is to burn them. Once you've installed XP Pro, here's the catch -- DON'T insert the recovery startup disc, because the only option it gives you is to do a full restore (which would wipe out your XP Pro!). Instead, boot your computer off the hard drive and insert recovery disc 1. That'll give you the option to selectively install the drivers and applications that you need.
Between the Sony website and the recovery discs, you can get all the necessary drivers etc.
Incidently, I HIGHLY recommend the Hitachi 7K60 drive, my 1.7ghz S170 became dramatically more responsive once I replaced the original 4200 rpm drive with that.
BTW, where is the best place to get the Hitachi 7200rpm 60GB drive??? And How much? Would it cause more heat to the system and increase the fan noise?