While you MUST USE the right drive the reason is not because your replacements don't work if the Slim IDE drives have the connections in the right spot. That is, I've replaced hundreds over the years and it's all good. Here's what is the issue for some.
1. The bezel or face plate is not an exact match. If you find this unacceptable, then get the right drive.
2. Some software supplied with machines only work with the drive from the maker. I never have an issue here since I can replace software with free titles.
I need to replace the optical drive in an HP 510 (RX709AA#ABA) running Windows XP. The one I pulled looks like a regular IDE drive, but I'm being told by our vendor that it "is proprietary & there is no 3rd party option."
One of the stickers on the drive shows model TS-L632. A search for this returns results for a Toshiba Samsung drive with LightScribe (http://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-Samsung-TS-L632-DVD%C2%B1RW-LightScribe/dp/B003A05HIM), but there is not indication that the current drive has LS. Another sticker on top lists HP part number 416184-8C0, but the part number the vendor is giving me is SPS-438523-001, which I find on a small sticker on the bottom of the drive along with a date code.
My question is: is there just one correct drive for this system? I don't think it's worth it to pay the $159 (plus shipping) that our vendor quoted.