Originally Posted by Bolivar
I forgot to add. I was told that the connection inside the laptop without the drive kit is propriatary. But from what I understand from kronus' statement, it's not?
the connection w/o the drive kit IS proprietary. It is a female connector in the notebook. If you look on regular drives at newegg you will see they are female connectors on them like here
. Female + female = doesn't work
(you know what i mean, get your mind out of the gutter) The carrier allows the drive to lock in to the bay and it changes the female connection on the drive to a male one. You cannot install any drive without the mount carrier anyway because of the special locking connections that need to be made on the sides and the special face to it because the side of the notebook is curved, in addition to the connector issue.
As to the unanswered question (still) of whether other drives besides the same ones asus uses in the carriers will fit into an empty carrier, no one has tried any other drives yet as far as i know. you could try finding out the drives they use in other countries, that will give you more options, but other than that no one has tried ordering some other good drive (such as a cheaper nec, etc) from newegg and trying it.