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Replacement drive required for Matshita UJ 812 on Vaio PCG-TR5MP

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Hi Experts

Now I'm really struggling with this one.
I need to replace a DVD burner as stated above.
I am confident that a replacement is necessary (apparently drive failure on this is not uncommon).
It is a 9mm drive and I cannot find a suitable replacement.
I have tried a Sony DW Q520A and a Sony DW Q58A, both stating that they are 9mm drives but they are both in fact 12mm.
It seems most drives are 12mm (or 12.7mm) even if they say 9mm.
I am in the UK but will buy from US if necessary.

Many thanks

Nick
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Thanks.
However
>Dimensions:5.1" x 5.0" x 0.5" <
I need 9mm (or 0.35")
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Thanks for the links.
I really need to "know" which drives are suitable though.
I've trawled thru online shops for hours.
I've even ordered 2 drives that "claimed" to be the right size.

I guess what I really need is some kind of proof before I go wasting even more time and money.
Not just for size but for compatibility too.
I have read on forums not all drives were "created equal".

But appreciate the help though.

Thanks
Nick.
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What you have to do is only check the system requirements for the two drives you have ordered in theri homepage . You can also call their techsupport  if have have any doubts of compatability.


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Well nobody really knows for sure, except those that want to sell me an exact replacement (e.g. Sony)
I mean, look at this for silly money:
http://www.sparepartswarehouse.com/Sony,Laptop,Part,179689213.aspx

I am getting quotes of over £200 + VAT (sales Tax) + shipping, getting to £250 + ($450 ish).

So I feel that I have limited choice and have managed to source the same (but new) for less than £100 delivered.

My customer is ok with this so this is the route I'm following. A little disappointed that I couldn't for sure find a faster replacement, but there you go!!

Thanks Reps for your efforts but after being "misled" a couple of times I was looking for definites rather than hopefullys and maybes (i.e. someone who may have actually had this same scenario).
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Thanks for all the input Reps, I appreciate the time involved here.

Although it didn't really solve the challenge, and I had pretty much run the route you offered,  your comments were helpful and I'm sure would be helpful for someone else in a similar position.

I think it therefore appropriate to award a grade B here.

Regards

Nick
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