Pata or sata

i have a laptop toshiba approx. 8 years old. hard drive was fried. i bought sata hdd but its connection isn't even close.the old hdd has 2 rows of pins.the new or sata hdd has 3 inline rows of flat contacts.my hdd is a toshiba hdd2189 mk6025gas. can anyone tell me what i need, and how can you tell a sata from a pata? thanks
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  1. Your old HDD description sounds like a pata. Your new drive is most likely to be sata, but your description of 3 inline rows of flat contact does not sound like any connection I know of.

    Check the pictures

    Pictures of sata and sas:
    http://www.google.com/imgres?q=sas+2.5&um=1&hl=en&safe=off&client=firefox-a&sa=N&rls=org.mozilla:en-US: official&biw=1366&bih=635&tbm=isch&tbnid=SLogAV9R_lvIsM:&imgrefurl=http://www.9lives.be/forum/b-s-hardware/670290-hp-146gb-10-000rpm-2-5-sas-drive-hot-plug-sealed.html&docid=rkpAAAzaxHon6M&w=454&h=305&ei=EBBRToeNAeSfmQXcneHXBg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=540&vpy=269&dur=567&hovh=184&hovw=274&tx=156&ty=45&page=1&tbnh=156&tbnw=208&start=0&ndsp=18&ved=1t:429,r:8,s:0

    Pata:
    http://www.google.com/imgres?q=pata+2.5&um=1&hl=en&safe=off&client=firefox-a&sa=N&rls=org.mozilla:en-US: official&biw=1366&bih=635&tbm=isch&tbnid=mNm58Ekh77SGvM:&imgrefurl=http://www.dansdata.com/rdriver.htm&docid=m0Qie1o5uh5YGM&w=480&h=269&ei=WxBRTpqUD4WKmQXurbHbBg&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=473&page=1&tbnh=118&tbnw=211&start=0&ndsp=18&ved=1t:429,r:17,s:0&tx=69&ty=30

    Get rid of the space to view the photo. I need to put a space there or else the o and : combination turns into a smiley.

    You need a converter for sata drive on a pata port, but I doubt it will fit in the confined space of a laptop. So you will need to buy a new pata hdd.
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