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Upgrading my HDD
11.21.2011
10:04 am
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Hey guys,

I'm thinking about upgrading my HDD to a bigger one, since mine's only 120GB and it's getting hard to manage all the downloads for reviews and game installs that keep getting bigger and bigger each day.

Can someone confirm if this hard drive is compatible with the PS3?

Thanks in advance for the help.

11.21.2011
10:05 am
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Once Oly sees this he should be able to help you as he's already changed his.

11.21.2011
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Yeah, I'm kind of looking for advice since I've no idea what I'm doing here ;p

Possibly will get it and use to install all the new games I've bought, without worrying too much about what's on the other one with the exception of a few game saves. I'll just keep the other one in a safe place, in case I ever need to go back.

11.21.2011
10:16 am
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Ya, any 2.5 laptop hard drive will work. SeaGate is a good brand too.

11.21.2011
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Thanks Tosh, any advice on compatibility or if I should get a 5400 (original PS3 speed if I'm not mistaken) or 7200 one? Does it make a difference? I don't want to compromise my PS3 performance  in any way.

11.21.2011
11:57 am
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Check this out. I don't recall what speed I have in mine off hand.

11.21.2011
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thanks for the link.  I am looking for a new hd too since my 80 is full now.

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11.21.2011
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Really easy to upgrade.. I have a 500GB in each of my PS3s.. pretty much just  plug and play HDD..

Tosh's link is actually one I have saved to share..

Do you have any other questions? 

 

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11.21.2011
7:21 pm
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that hard drive is a bit pricey sure i bought my 500gig for around $60

11.21.2011
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5600 and 7200 RPM HDDs apparently will both work, but the general consensus is to use the stock 5600RPM as a "better safe than sorry" precaution. I've got a 500GB HDD. Just make sure you have a FAT32 external HDD you can back your old HDD data to so you can recover everything onto the new one.

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11.21.2011
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i'm hoping to find one at a cheap price this black friday.  Well hopefully

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11.22.2011
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@Jay what do you mean by using the 5400 to be safe? Are there reports of problems with the 7200 counterparts?

11.22.2011
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it's just a precaution, but 7200 might be fine. I don't think there was but maybe a few minor cases where a 7200 failed, but the same could be said about 5600. Either should work, but I was just saying most people recommend a 5600RPM drive based solely on original PS3 specs

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11.23.2011
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Thanks for the tips everyone!

 

I'll look into it and possibly upgrade it, it get's annoying having to constantly clean up your game data and things of the sort!

11.25.2011
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Does anyone know if this SSD Hybrid could be an interesting option? The price is tempting and I've heard good things about SSD drives performance on the PS3.

11.25.2011
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Seems like some people have used it in a PS3. Check this out.

Sounds pretty cool to me. I can't wait until huge SSD Hard Drive are more affordable.

11.25.2011
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the only problem is some games still bottleneck the installation speed on an HDD. Well, in MGS4's case anyway. Not sure of other titles have similar problems, but it definitely would be a lot better if SSD's became cheaper and standard. Less moving parts means more reliable anyway.

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11.25.2011
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Here's what I want to know about upgrading your HD.

I have one PS3 so it's not like i can swap out the HD and then do the ethernet cable link update thing. How do you preserve your data on a single HD? Do i need to buy a 2.5inch case to store the old HD and then do a restore or what have you?

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