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Old Dell Inspiron 6000 - compatible hard drives?

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June 14, 2010 5:33:29 PM

I've decided to try to resurrect my 5 year old laptop (Dell Inspiron 6000), which finally died when the hard drive gave out.

Upon searching through various forums I found most people saying to look for basically any 2.5" PATA/IDE drive. Just to be sure I removed my old hard drive from my laptop and it is labeled with the following specifications:

7200 RPM
5V 1.1A DC

I'm posting here just be sure I'm clear as to what all this means.

1.) From what I can find PATA = parallel ATA, which is a synonym for IDE? Is that correct? Is there a difference then between ATA and PATA/IDE?

2.) What is ATA-6? I saw some people posting on forums that ATA-6 hard drives would be ideal for using in Dell Inspiron 6000s.

3.) Will SATA hard drives be incompatible with my laptop (which contained an ATA/IDE drive from the manufacturer)?

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June 14, 2010 7:56:51 PM

Sata has a different connector. My guess is that if you stick to drives with a similar capacity to the original you won't go wrong .

These will be secondhand by now.

However I have a couple of older Dells -- Latitude and Inspiron 5000 and they seem to work with almost any hard drive (so long as it's roughly contemporary to
June 14, 2010 10:51:24 PM

Just make sure you get one thats described as IDE not Sata and you won't go wrong
June 15, 2010 3:01:28 AM

They are out there, question is what size do you need/want?

Here are some from MicroCenter, so NewEgg and the like should have them also.

Choose Hard Drive/Internal/2.5"/IDE.

Good luck.