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BIOS does not recognize my SATA drive

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BIOS does not recognize my SATA drive

snoop_daniels
Dell Dimension 4600
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Seagate 160Gb Sata HD

I just had my hard-drive crash and decided to buy a SATA drive to replace it. I was careful to make sure the motherboard had SATA compatibility, and it does. I plugged it in today and was going to install windows, but it gave me the message "Primary Sata 0 not found". Bad news. I went throught the bios and found anything that even remotely related to the words "hard drive", but to no avail. I tried installing the RAID drivers at the beginning of the windows installation but it failed to correct the problem as well.
The only thing I can think of is that one of them might be SATA II and the other SATA I (which, consequently, Dell doesn't specify--hang them).
The hard drive is SATA150, which I assume means SATA I. This leads me to the second part of my question: are SATA I mobos and SATA II drives compatible, and why the heck can't people stick to a standard name? Why do some websites/people call it SATA I and others SATA150?
When the old hard drive went out it gave me a similar error message. "Primary IDE 0 not found". I unplugged and plugged it back in and it worked, but I still wasn't able to install Windows; however, all the data was still in tact, and after I connected it with another computer I was able to retrieve it all. It gave every appearance of being in good working order. I read somewhere that the CMOS might have something to do with this. Any ideas?