question for ps3 owners, re: hdd upgrading

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  1. bouncing boy77

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    hey guys, as the title says, how many of you have upgraded you ps3's hdd? i recently got a 80 gig ps3 and i just want to know if what's the best hdd out there to upgrade it with, as far as gigabytes go as well as brand. thanks!
     
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    I don't have one, however from what I have read any 2.5" SATA hard drive will work. The stock drives are 5400 RPM but I have read that 7200 RPM drives work too. Just find a drive and a size you like and have at it. (A lot better than the crap I had to go through to upgrade the drive on my 360, and no I did not buy the bigger MS one)
     
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    I installed a 160GB hdd in my 80GB PS3 (and upgraded my 20GB to an 80GB if I recall correctly). I purchased the 20GB first, had some issues, purchased one of the newer 80GB consoles to play PS3 games and bought a junker PS3 20GB to fix the blu-ray drive in my original 20GB console). Now I have two working consoles--20GB (w/80GB hdd) and 80GB (w/160GB hdd).

    I use the space for a lot of tv shows, music, videos, and PSN games. I upgraded with a Western Digital portable hdd (ripped it out of the portable case and installed it in my PS3). Picked it up at Target for a decent price about 9 months ago.
     
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    Shin, you went through all of that shit for the 360 hd? I read about how you needed a certain drive and then needed to load custom firmware on it. Was it a bitch to do? I got a MS 120 gig on sale for 120 bucks, then I offloaded the cable and my old hd for 80 bucks total, not a bad deal if I say so.

    I get my tankstick on Tuesday, I can't wait to hook it up to the PS3 and play SFIV. OOOOOOOOOOH AND THEN MARVEL BABY! Do you have the PS3 adapter for the tankstick Shin?
     
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    I upgraded my 60Gb PS3 to 200Gb. I used a 5400.3 Seagate Momentus, since what was in there was a 5400.1 Seagate Momentus. I recommend a set of good screwdrivers, since the screws that hold the HDD to it's bracket are very soft.

    I wouldn't go nuts getting with the spec of the hard drive since it'll only be using SATA1 protocol.
     
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    its sounds like this one is good, how hard was it to install it? and the price?
     
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    I actually got my model numbers messed up. The HDD that came with the PS3 was a 5400.2 (st96812as to be precise), and I put in a 5400.4 (st9200827as).

    It's not hard to put the drive in. There's five screws, the obvious blue one holds the hard drive bracket in place. Once that's removed the hard drive bracket slides towards the front of the console, then out through the opening. Then there's just four more screws that attach the hard drive to the bracket. Like I said, the screws are very soft, and, they are done up tightly, but that's the only difficulty.

    It cost me £50 in July 2008, to answer your other question.
     
  8. bouncing boy77

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    thanks for the replies guys! i already ordered a seagate 320 gig drive from newegg. i figured that its better to upgrade now while i havent put/downloaded anything on my ps3 yet rather than wait later when the 80 gig that came with it becomes full. i guess the only thing i have to be careful of is the screws on the hard drive coz like you guys said, i've seen videos on youtube saying that the screws strip easily. thanks again!
     
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    all i remember is that even though it can use 7200rpm drives, it won't make any difference as the ps3 can't read faster than 5400. so don't buy a more expensive one than you need to. i got a 320 in mine, cost a mighty £40 i think, greatest accessory i ever bought. maybe.
     
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    I did all that you have read, once I did it the first time it was not that bad and oddly satisfying. Especially when the HD cost me $50 all told.

    I do not have the PS3 adapter as of yet but I am supposed to be testing a new combo PS3-360 adapter as soon as it clears R&D
     
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    Sounds pretty cool, I want one. :) 

    Let me know how that cable works out, thanks man.
     
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    I upgraded to...I think it was a 320 GB 5400. It's ridiculously easy, one of the things Sony really got right. Literally takes less than 5 minutes.
     

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