|If the hard drive isn't too difficult to access you could look to see if there is a jumper for SATA I. |
I am not saying that is the problem for sure but the fact you can access the BIOS indicates the motherboard may be OK. It is possible the drive controller is bad or there are other settings you need to adjust. I am not very familiar with laptops but I believe the BIOS options are even more limited than desktop OEM computers. So, you probably don't have very many settings you can change.
Below is a link to the support page for your model. There are additional links available on that page. Contacting customer support may help.
Describe what made you decide the hard drive was defective in the first place?
If after contacting support you determine you can't use a SATA II drive and there is no jumper then below is a second link to a couple of SATA I drives that should work.