upgrading PS3 HDD?

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  1. yodafett

    yodafett Well-Known Member

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    So, I finally got a PS3. I know that upgrading the HDD is possible, but how difficult is it? Can you just pop it and drop in a SATA HD, or does it have to be something specific for the PS3?

    I'm not sure of the PS3's "OS" is stored on the mobo, or on the HD, so would it even be feasible to pull the current 40Gb HD, image it with something like Norton Ghost and shoot that image over to a bigger one?

    Thoughts or experiences would be appreciated!
     
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    Joe Moore Is Not Jim... Administrator

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    read the manual. it explains everything.
     
  4. yodafett

    yodafett Well-Known Member

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    w00t! thanks for the supa-fast reply!
     
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    pscoop Dead inside

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    Be REALLY careful with the 4 screws on the cage that holds the HDD. I stripped one and it was a real pain to get out. Sony did send me a new cradle and screws for free though. Other than that, it's super easy.
     
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    smangerbot The Holy Zombie Jesus TFW2005 Supporter

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    this. the screws on mine seemed very soft. in fact i used pliers to flatten the sides of the last screw so i could undo it with said pliers :lol 
     
  7. yodafett

    yodafett Well-Known Member

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    if you go for the external drive in an enclosure, does it still have to be a 2.5, or is any SATA style drive ok? The playstation thread in the link made it sound like it had to be a 2.5 drive for either scenario, but I can't imagine why that'd make a difference if it's done via an enclosure and USB...
     
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    smangerbot The Holy Zombie Jesus TFW2005 Supporter

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    boulderdash. any old fat32 external hard disc will work via usb.
     
  9. yodafett

    yodafett Well-Known Member

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    That was my thought, but I wanted to check with someone else first. I guess that 120GB HD won't be going to waste after all now! :) 
     
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    smangerbot The Holy Zombie Jesus TFW2005 Supporter

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    it has to be lameo fat32 though.
     
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    Dude, I was so mad. It took me a few days to get the balls to force that bastard out with pliers. I didn't want to break anything. I love all the space I have now though. Whole series of Beast Wars, most of Animated, several movies, games, demos, music and photos and still tons of space left.
     
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    smangerbot The Holy Zombie Jesus TFW2005 Supporter

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    i know man, i had to download all 10 gigs of Siren just because i have the space now :lol 
     

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