Adding 2nd SATA Drive -- Can't Enable in BIOS?

By HisRocker
May 12, 2010
  1. System = Dell Inspiron 531

    Had issue with boot drive, so replaced and re-loaded Windows Vista OS.

    Decided to add original drive to grab some data; so installed the old drive in Sata Port 2. The drive did not work -- I thot is might be a bad SATA cable, so started switching things around.

    Net is -- drive works fine if new boot drive is in SATA port 0; and prior hard drive is plugged in SATA port 1 (where CD had been plugged). Copied data, etc.

    So -- knew I needed to ENABLE SATA Port 2 in BIOS -- but when I go there -- those items are 'Greyed out' and not selectable.

    KEY QUESTION - Is there some other change that has to be made to enable SATA ports in BIOS? I went in Device Manager -- found the 'controller' entry -- but nothing seemed out of place there.

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

    Regards, HisRocker
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,876   +332

    Under Integrated Peripherals in the BIOS are the SATA ports greyed out even if there is a device plugged into one of them? I wish your manual would show illustrations of the BIOS pages but they don't.
  3. HisRocker

    HisRocker TS Rookie Topic Starter

    After a number of searches -- found this one on the Dell Forums:

    Link =

    I had the same issue - here is the solution:

    Reboot and enter bios setup (F2)


    Step 2: Advanced / Integrated Peripherals / Serial-ATA Configuration;
    set the SATA controller to SATA 1+2 - this activates the other 2 SATA ports

    That should do it - good luck!​

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