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 Best solution treefrog07 a b G Storage 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. Share msa1994 November 7, 2010 6:16:56 PM Found it. thanks for the help. m 0 l Related resources Sata ports not working - Forum Sata 3G ports not working asus p8-h67 m-pro Sata 6G works fine. - Forum Sabertooth asmedia sata ports not working - Forum SATA ports intermittently not working. Very strange circumstances (ASUS P8Z77-V LK) - Forum SATA Ports not working with new GPU - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer treefrog07 a b G Storage November 8, 2010 9:29:38 PM You're welcome. m 0 l msa1994 February 16, 2011 12:22:45 AM Best answer selected by msa1994. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SATA Ports not working Forum All Sata Ports Immediately Stopped Working [Abit IP35 Pro] Forum SolvedSATA ports won't work in AHCI mode Forum In my computer motherboard sata ports 4 are there in that two are not working ho Forum SATA ports 3-6 stopped working... Forum X9DAi how do I get those 4 extra SATA ports to work? Forum 3gb sata ports dont work Forum Will sata 3gb drives work on 6gb ports Forum Xfx 8200 cant get sata ports 5 and 6 to work do i need to use raid ? Forum asus m4n78 pro sata port not working Forum SolvedWill a sata1 dvd drive work from a sata2 port? Forum Solvedwill a hard drive work as fast in a sata 2 port as if it is in a sata 3 port. Forum SolvedWhich SATA DATA ports do i use? Forum Solvedusing HDD IDE in a new MB support Sata ports only Forum SolvedSata ports for hard drive Forum More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !