|Some older low capacity laptop drives have problems with the IO, maybe try a newer drive.|
This method works for Win2k & WinXP:
Make the HD bootable to a DOS prompt, then run smartdrv.exe, then run i386/winnt.exe.
An adapter for temporarily connecting the HD to a desktop machine can be very useful. This is when you make the HD bootable to a DOS prompt, copy smartdrv.exe, and also copy the i386 folder from CD to HD.
For future reference, I'd recommend NOT cutting the Sandisk leads; don't see any real benefit.