Aug 8, 2012
Afternoon Community!

I am having a bit of an issue with my G74 from Asus.

It recently ate up the two stock hard-drives that it came with (two [2] Western Digital 750GB Scorpio Black [WD7500BPKT]

So, wanting to upgrade and squeeze a little more performance out of it I purchased two Seagate Momentus XT 750 GB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s 32 MB Cache 2.5 Inch Solid State Hybrid Drive ST750LX003.

Drive one installed on the primary slot works wonderfully; drive two on the second slot does not read in windows, but does read in certain parts of the bios.

Also worth noting for this device I have purchased four [4] sticks of Corsair 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 SODIMM Memory Kit (CMSO16GX3M2A1333C9) for a total of 32gb of ram, when filled with the 32gb of ram the G74SX-3DE refuses to boot even to Bios. I replaced the 16gb DDR3 [4 x 4gb] and it boots and processes fine.

Any and all suggestions and info is appreciated.

Specs as follows:
Processor Intel® Core™ i7 2630QM Processor
Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64bit
This version contains all product updates (SP1)
Chipset Intel® HM65 Express Chipset
Memory DDR3 1333 MHz SDRAM, 4 x SO-DIMM socket for expansion up to 16 GB SDRAM (Quad Core), 2 x SO-DIMM socket for expansion up to 8 GB SDRAM (Dual Core)
Display 17.3" 16:9 HD+ (1600x900)/Full HD (1920x1080)/Full HD 3D(1920x1080 120Hz) LED Backlight
Graphic NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 560M with 3GB GDDR5 VRAM
Storage 2.5" SATA
750GB 5400rpm/7200rpm
640GB 5400rpm
500GB 5400rpm/7200rpm
500GB 7200rpm SSH
Dual HDD Support*1
2.5" SATA
Optical Drive Blu-Ray DVD Combo
Super-Multi DVD
Blue-ray Writer
Card Reader 3 -in-1 card reader ( SDXC/ MS/ MMC)
Camera HD Web Camera
Networking Integrated 802.11 b/g/n
Built-in Bluetooth™ V3.0 (Optional)
10/100/1000 Base T
Interface 1 x Microphone-in jack
1 x Headphone-out jack
1 x USB 3.0 port(s)
3 x USB 2.0 port(s)
1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert
1 x HDMI
Audio Built-in Speakers And Microphone
EAX Advanced HD 5.0
THX TruStudio
Battery 5200 mAh 74 Whrs
Power Adapter Output :
19 V DC, 6.3 A, 150 W ((Quad Core)) , 120 W ((Dual Core))
Input :
100 -240 V AC, 50/60 Hz universal
Dimensions 32.5 x 42 x 2.09 ~6.2 cm (WxDxH)
Weight 9.4 lbs (with 8 cell battery)
Security Kensington lock
Note *1 : dual HDD support up to 1.5TB / Solid State Hybrid drive up to 1TB


Jul 5, 2012
Pretty basic question, but there is a reason why things like "Is it plugged in" are still staples of troubleshooting to this very day.

Did you go into disk management on Windows and partition and format the drive that you say cannot be read?


May 16, 2006
The i7-2630QM does indeed support 32GB of ram. I have an Asus G53SW that proves it.

Might not be officially supported by Intel, but it does work.