I'm guessing he got it from the bug ticket mentioned in his second post. Check the Bugtracker
for the ticket itself.
Strange that you're having issues with 3.0.4 and SATA boot disk. I have a couple of VMs, including two with XP, and they boot without problems. I think I even created one with 3.0.4. Can you tell me which version of the Intel Matrix Storage Manager you used? I know that the latest, or one of the latest versions don't work properly (either the drive isn't found, or you get a BSOD during setup). I use version 7.8.