Okay, so I know for a fact that my current Internal Hard Drive is scrapped and falling apart. I can re-install the OS time and time again.. it works for a few weeks then the partition the OS is re-installed upon breaks down. Everything else is running just fine though.
So I went out and bought a USB external HD.. tried to reformat it, and install the OS, and it said that it couldn't reach the HD.. riiight >.> .. it just so conveniently was able to unformat the drive, so it has to have some connectivity going.
Also.. if for some reason that this isn't possible, I'm looking around for possible Internal HD replacements for my Inspiron 8200... although the parts selection program here was less than helpful.. only bringing up "Disk Drives".. whenever I specified "Hard Drive" in the search box.. which made me worry that the parts I need might not be produced anymore.. hmm..
Hmmm.. can't USB? Ah, I see. Well using the specifications you gave me, I searched out abroad.. and.. well I found that they still do sell HD's that look exactly like my computer's. Part ID: DELLC800-60.0 --Seems like it should work just fine.
Unless I'm mistaken and theres some weird difference between a 8100 and a 8200's connectors? Naw, couldn't be...? I think.. bleh.