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My BIOS won't recognize 2nd SATA hard drive

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I have a Dell Inspiron 531 running Vista Home 32bit.  It has a WD 250 GB HD master.  I bought a new 2TB Hitachi Deskstar to add as a slave.  They are both SATA.  I have four SATA ports on the mobo.  SATA 0 is for my WD HDD.  SATA 1 is for my DVD drive. I plug up the new HDD to SATA 2 or 3 and the BIOS doesn't recognize it.

I unplugged the WD HDD from SATA 0, plug in the new HDD into SATA 0 and the BIOS recognizes.  It seems as though anything plugged into SATA 2 or 3 is not being recognized in the BIOS.

I have tried the new SATA drive with and without a jumper on the back.  

Can anyone tell me why my BIOS won't recognize anything being plugged in to SATA 2 or 3?
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DO you able to check if those SATA 2 and 3 are enabled?

I know there is some Motherboard that can disable some SATA ports.
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Check the BIOS to see if you have a setting that affects which ports are on.  It would be under SATA controller or Integrated/Embedded Devices.
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When I'm in the BIOS, it doesn't even give me the option to select/enable/disable the 4 SATA connections.  So when I first get in the BIOS, the Date/Time is highlighted and I can of course press enter and change those.  But when I use the down arrow, it just skips over SATA 0, 1, 2, 3 and goes to 'Smart HDD' (which by the way was disabled so I enabled it but that didn't make any difference).

So I didn't even see a place where I could enable/disable these.  And all four are 'grayed out' whereas other things that I can change, like Date/Time, turn blue when the arrows go to them.
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Is there a SATA controller or Integrated/Embedded Devices?
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Did you try to browse out from the first page in BIOS?
by pressing the left and right arrow, you should see more pages,

Those settings might be under other pages.
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OK when I go to the 'Advanced' page to the right, and go down to 'Integrated peripherals', there is a Serial-ATA Configuration section.  When I go in there, I have the following:

SATA Controller                        [SATA-1]
RAID Enabled                             [Disabled]
x SATA 1 Primary       RAID       Disabled
x SATA 1 Secondary  RAID       Disabled
x SATA 2 Primary       RAID       Disabled
x SATA 1 Secondary   RAID       Disabled

The bottom 4 (with the x's) are grayed out/unselectable.  When I press Enter on SATA Controller, I get the following:

Disabled  ..... [ ]
SATA-1  ......[x]
SATA-1+2 ......[ ]
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Enter on SATA controller and select SATA1+2
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Could you please post your motherboard model number?
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Have you tried to update the BIOS to the current version?

Also, the motherboard is irrelevant - we know the model of the computer.
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BINGO PowerEdgeTech.  That did it.  Thanks to everyone who contributed!
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Glad you got it!
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