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BullSpit
12-21-2012, 09:01 PM
I am thinking about grabbing the Toshiba Canvio Basic 1.5TB and I suspect it is a 12mm drive. Has anyone tried putting a 12mm drive in the G74SX?


Edit:
I discovered I had an old 12mm drive laying under some junk and tried it. It worked fine.

Zygomorphic
12-22-2012, 02:15 AM
I know that my G53SX (same family, just 15" variant) did not have room for one, so I would be careful. Also, is that an external drive? Those drives are often a USB->SCSI interface, which is not compatible with your SATA interface.

BullSpit
12-22-2012, 01:51 PM
I know that my G53SX (same family, just 15" variant) did not have room for one, so I would be careful. Also, is that an external drive? Those drives are often a USB->SCSI interface, which is not compatible with your SATA interface.

I am hoping that the drive inside the Canvio casing is this: http://www.mwave.com/mwave/SKUSearch.asp?scriteria=AA78425&pagetitle=TOSHIBA%20MQ01ABC150%201.5TB%205400%20RP M%208MB%20Cache%202.5%2012mm%20SA

Best Buy has the best price on it that I can find.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Toshiba+-+Canvio+Basics+1.5TB+External+USB+3.0+Portable+Har d+Drive+-+Black/5622222.p?id=1218677495232&skuId=5622222&st=Toshiba - Canvio 3.0&cp=1&lp=2

Youtube has a few videos on tearing down the Canvio Basic, although none are for the 1.5TB. They all show to have standard interfaces like Seagates line of portables do. I've torn a bunch of the Seagates apart and used the drives as internals.

I have an old Fujitsu 12mm drive from a Sony that was several years old and put it in my G74Sx to see. The 12mm drive stood a little higher than the other and I feared the cover would not fit snug and secure. The rear screws could not be driven all the way in, but it did seat well and secure. The front screws did seat all the way in. The cover snapped in with no bulges or anything looking irregular. I powered on the notebook and booted to Windows and it saw the old drive with no problem. It looks like the notebook was designed to accommodate the taller drives with no problem.