Solved SATA Ports not working Tags: Hard Drives Sata Dell Studio Xps Storage Last response: February 16, 2011 12:22 AM in Storage Share msa1994 November 6, 2010 12:29:50 AM Please help!!! Ok I have a Dell XPS 430. The mobo as far as I know has 5 sata connections on it. There are two right beside the RAM and the 3 further down the motherboard. I want to install a second drive. The problem is that nothing will work when I plug it into my bottom 3 ports. The top 2 are being used by the primary factory drive and the optical drive. Now I switched the optical for the new hdd to see if my drive was the problem. I boot windows and it comes right up. I got it from a friend and it worked fine without any need for formatting. So my question is a) can I use the other 3 sata ports? and b) if not what are the ports used for? Thanks in advance More about : sata ports working | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Best solution treefrog07 November 6, 2010 4:09:24 PM You may have to enter the BIOS to setup the new HDD on the SATA ports. Press the F2 key right after you start the computer. The BIOS setting options are here. | Report abuse msa1994 November 7, 2010 6:16:56 PM Found it. thanks for the help. | Report abuse treefrog07 November 8, 2010 9:29:38 PM You're welcome. | Report abuse msa1994 February 16, 2011 12:22:45 AM Best answer selected by msa1994. | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Ask the community Publish Tom's Hardware>Forum>Storage>SATA Ports not working> Related ressources: ForumSATA Ports not working with new GPU ForumSATA Ports not working ForumHow to tell if my SATA ports are not working ForumIn my computer motherboard sata ports 4 are there in that two are not working ho ForumAll Sata Ports Immediately Stopped Working [Abit IP35 Pro] ForumSATA ports 3-6 stopped working ... ForumX9DAi how do I get those 4 extra SATA ports to work ? ForumHDD not showing up in certain SATA ports ForumRan out of SATA ports ! ForumMotherboard for HTPC/server with 8 sata ports ForumGraphics card blocking SATA ports ForumWill sata 3gb drives work on 6gb ports ForumWindows7 broke after changing SATA ports ForumP9X79 Pro does not detect Sata 3gb drives in 6gb ports Forum4tb hdd is being read as 2tb hdd ForumComputer wont read sata drives ForumUsing both sata and ide hard drives simultaneously ForumAHCI on SSD:How to determine AHCI is working or not?? ForumSata hdd installed using adapter on ide mobo not booting. ForumInstalled sata hdd on ide mobo via adapter but wont boot. More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !