so my son destroyed his laptop...he got a virus and i think the best solution would be to just replace the HDD. I cannot get safemode to come up and a regular boot gives me a blue screen saying something is messed up.
when putting in my dell service tag, this is the info on the hdd:
1 XD923 Module, Hard Drive, 40GB, 5.4K Small Form Factor, Moraga Plus B130
No need to replace the hard drive if the issue is a virus (help me out, other members: is there a virus that can damage the hardware?). If the laptop came with recovery media (a CD or DVD), and you are willing to lose all the data that was on your son's machine, just install a fresh OS off the media and then run Windows Update to catch up.
To answer your question: The Moraga Plus (?!?) is a small-form-factor SATA drive. If they consider 2.5" small-form-factor, new drive will fit. If the old drive is 1.5", no it won't. I don't see full specs on said Dell drive, which doesn't surprise me.