New drive for Dell Inspiron 1210

Hello. I've been tasked with finding a replacement drive for a dell netbook. The old drive's completely unresponsive.
Upon taking the unit apart I noticed it was using a flatcable for interface. I've not seen that before (nor disassembled any other netbook). What's that interface called? are all 1.8" drives like that? ie. how do I find a suitable replacement drive that I can actually attach?
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  1. I'm not sure it's an 1,8" drive, but I am sure it's not a 2,5" - it's simply not big enough for that. It's an 80GB drive. I'll upload an image from when I had the thing open last week.
  2. OK, but it still sounds like a P-ATA drive. A SATA drive has card edge connectors, a P-ATA drives has pins which a ribbon cable connects to.
  3. ye I know that, but I also know that the netbook is based on an intel chip with sata, so would be surprised if it's pata. Anyway - look at the picture. It's definetly not an old pata system.
  4. Best answer
    Why not just go to dell support

    and type in your service tag number. It will list everything that system came with.
  5. I'm on thephone with em atm - not the greatest service I've been subjected to :(
  6. Still on the bloddy phone with the dell people. waiting in one queue, and then the next. Anyhow google found me a toshiba 60GB drive that looks very much like the broken drive. But it costs like 120 € !!!
  7. Best answer selected by neiroatopelcc.
  8. Am STILL in queue @ dell phone support. I'm giving up and returning to unit to the owner as non repairable.

    Best phone service ever!
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