Let's look at Dell docs. http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/ins8200/en/sm_en/hdd.htm#1084976
Ok I see a BOG STANDARD LAPTOP DRIVE but with a Dell "pull tab." Usually I remove that from the old drive and put it on the new laptop drive.
There are currently 2 types of laptop optical drive connections. SATA and PATA. Your laptop uses the IDE variety you can buy at newegg.com and other places for about 50.
I have a Dell Inspiron 8200 laptop.The current one installed on my laptop is a CD-RW/DVD combo in the Fixed Optical Drive located on the left rear side of the computer. I decided to purchase a DVD+RW Burner drive which is suppose to W/R DVD's as well as W/R CD's and according to the seller fit this model laptop.
When the new drive arrived, I could tell from the shape it wasn't going to fit the drive. I decided to pull out the old drive by undoing the screw and pulling it out and no doubt this new one is not going to fit in that slot.
Is there anything else I'm not seeing which would make this the right one for my laptop? Just checking to be sure before I have to go through sending everything back.