Dark Helmet wrote:
if I want to re-use the original hard drive (assuming its not fried) which of the bays do I need the SATA or the IDE/PATA???? I think the PATA...
also any guidance on quality of the various ebay vendors???
Since your original drive is PATA, you can get an ultra bay tray for around $10 on ebay. As for which vendors, they are pretty much the same (most of them have sold over 1,000 items without too much bad feedbacks).
While you are waiting for the ultra bay tray to arrive, you might try to put your original drive in one of those USB enclosures to see if it is really dead or not. This will also give you some ideas whether your problem is with the drive or your motherboard. If the drive is OK, you should try to recover as much as possible your data on that drive.