Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2


The [SysprepMassStorage] section contains an entry for identifying the different mass-storage controllers that you want to install on each destination computer. Sysprep prepopulates the necessary driver information so that the correct drivers will be loaded when the operating system starts on a computer that uses one of the predefined mass-storage controllers.

You do not need to create the entries manually in the [SysprepMassStorage] section. Instead, you can include the BuildMassStorageSection = Yes entry in the [Sysprep] section of the Sysprep.inf file.

Sysprep will automatically generate the entries in [SysprepMassStorage] for all mass-storage controllers that are specified by the Plug and Play hardware IDs in the Machine.inf, Scsi.inf, Pnpscsi.inf, and Mshdc.inf files, and will install those mass-storage controllers.

hardware_id=path_to_device_inf[, disk_folder[, disk_description[, disk_tag]]]
Variable Description


Specifies the Plug and Play ID for the device as specified in the device's .inf file.


Specifies the path to the .inf file that contains the Plug and Play ID of the controller to install. Enclose path_to_device_inf in quotation marks if it is a long file name.


Specifies the name of the folder on the floppy disk provided by the manufacturer that contains the copy of the mass-storage driver.


Specifies the description of the floppy disk as specified in the Txtsetup.oem file provided by the manufacturer.


Specifies the disk tag of the floppy disk as specified in the Txtsetup.oem file provided by the manufacturer.

PCI\VEN_1077&DEV_1080 = "C:\Sysprep\qlogic\qlogic.inf", "\nt", "Qlogic Software Disk", "\qlogic"

When you run the Sysprep -reseal or Sysprep -factory command, Sysprep reads the [SysprepMassStorage] section of the Sysprep.inf file and installs the mass-storage controllers by writing the information into the registry before shutdown. The next time the computer starts, all mass-storage controllers are available.

If you do not use the [SysprepMassStorage] section, Sysprep requires that the mass-storage controller on the master installation be identical to the controllers on the destination computers.

If you use images as part of your manufacturing process, you might want to reduce the number of images that you maintain by creating one master image to install Microsoft Windows on destination computers that may use different mass-storage controllers.