If you are refering to the connector that slides over the pins on the hard drive, yes. The new hard drive is being seen correctly in the BIOS. It will boot using the Dell Diagnostics CD. But this CD does not see any hard drives. It will not boot using the Reinstallation CD for Windows 2000.
The 30gig Hitachi Travel Star ATA-5 worked. Seagate told me that the 60gig ATA-100 should have worked. I am assuming that it is a Dell Software issue that requires a hard drive similar to the original.
I'm having a similar problem with my Inspiron 2500. My original 10GB HDD works fine with XP SP2 but I am trying to upgrade to WD 120GB. This is the second drive I have tried (RMA'd the first one because I thought it was a bad drive). Cannot run diagnostics other than disabled quiet boot, and get the above message. HDD is seen in bios. Unable to run XP CD. Is there a size problem with this model Dell? I'm not sure how to get the latest bios update, unless I'm supposed to do it when I have the old drive installed. On the first WD120GB, I hooked the drive to a Vista PC and tried to format it, but was unable to do so. I haven't tried that on the second drive. Is it possible I have gotten two bad drives in a row? I have swapped the pin adapter, the new drive is IDE, I'm using Genuine Windows Advantage XP (just purchased to upgrade from ME), and I've reinstalled many OS's. I'm really stumped on this one though. Any help is greatly appreciated.
With my limited experience with the 2500, you can only use a Hard Drive with an ATA-5 interface. This is probably going to limit you to 30 or 40 gig. If you need more storage space try going to an external Hard Drive that uses a USB port.