Could people offer PS3 upgrade advice?

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  • Rash' 25 Jun 2009 20:54:02 948 posts
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    hi guys,

    i about to upgrade my PS3 HDD and really could do with your recommendations on the best equip and where find them.

    Thanks in advance.
  • Khanivor 25 Jun 2009 20:55:41 40,388 posts
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    me no able helpy.
  • Psychotext 25 Jun 2009 20:58:28 53,813 posts
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    Seagate Momentus... any of the 2.5" 5400 rpm models will do.

    http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/products/laptops/momentus/
  • Rash' 25 Jun 2009 21:07:32 948 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    Seagate Momentus... any of the 2.5" 5400 rpm models will do.

    http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/products/laptops/momentus/
    thanks, psycho.
  • Rash' 25 Jun 2009 21:09:23 948 posts
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    Khanivor wrote:
    me no able helpy.
    fuck off then! :p
  • urban 25 Jun 2009 21:09:38 10,923 posts
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    and where to find them

    typically stick with western digital or seagate, hardy manufacturers and you can't go wrong, theres really isn't much to it.

    replacing the drive itself is really easy though i will say you need a small precision screwdriver and remember to tap the screw heads a good few times if they won't budge.
  • Rash' 25 Jun 2009 21:15:24 948 posts
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    urban wrote:
    and where to find them

    typically stick with western digital or seagate, hardy manufacturers and you can't go wrong, theres really isn't much to it.

    replacing the drive itself is really easy though i will say you need a small precision screwdriver and remember to tap the screw heads a good few times if they won't budge.
    nice, urban. Thanks
  • Psychotext 25 Jun 2009 21:27:06 53,813 posts
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    Once you have the right model number you can pretty much just stick it into a google product search and pick the company with the best price / rating. :)
  • Flying_Pig 25 Jun 2009 21:30:58 10,686 posts
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    There are a couple of good threads on this:

    Here
    and here

    This is a great drive at an excellent price
  • Rash' 25 Jun 2009 22:05:07 948 posts
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    Nice one, fellas.

  • urban 25 Jun 2009 22:08:58 10,923 posts
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    Flying_Pig wrote:
    There are a couple of good threads on this:

    Here
    and here

    This is a great drive at an excellent price

    yeah really can't argue with that play.com price cause its play.com easy innit.
  • M_of_the_sys 25 Jun 2009 22:11:54 1,154 posts
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    The last play.com one Flying Pig linked is the one I got and it was straight forward enough to upgrade. Only problem I had was after I replaced the hard drive, my PS3 kept asking for a firmware update but would stop reading the portable USB drives I had it on halfway through updating. I just kept trying though and eventually it got to 100% and continued to setup the OS.
    Don't get anything above 5400 rpm though as they tend to overheat it... or so I hear.
  • Phily50 25 Jun 2009 22:22:19 2,199 posts
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    Flying_Pig wrote:
    This is a great drive at an excellent price

    I got this one. Piece of piss to install apart from those fucking blue screws. I just resorted to pliers in the end.
  • seasidebaz 25 Jun 2009 22:44:40 6,126 posts
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    urban wrote:
    typically stick with western digital or seagate, hardy manufacturers and you can't go wrong, theres really isn't much to it.

    You can go massively wrong. One of those manufactureres (forgotten which one) has been shit recently.

    Damn alcohol, stops me typing.
  • Phily50 25 Jun 2009 22:52:17 2,199 posts
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    WD are fine. Both my laptop's and my PS3 have WD drives in them and they're fine.

    /touches wood
  • Jazzy_Geoff 25 Jun 2009 23:57:02 7,767 posts
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    I got a 500gb drive of amazon

    cost 85

    can't remember the make but it works fine

    not hard to swap over either
  • Darren 26 Jun 2009 11:13:28 8,698 posts
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    I've been using a 320 GB Western Digital Scorpio in my PS3 for well over a year now with no problems at all.

    PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, Xbox One, PC (Intel Core i7-4770K, 16 GB, 3 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780, Windows 8.1 Pro), iPad 4, iPad mini with Retina Display.

  • Fasira 26 Jun 2009 11:18:35 122 posts
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    Has anyone had any experiance with the 7200RPM drives? do they overhear as suggested above? sucks if they do.
  • phycus 26 Jun 2009 11:19:13 298 posts
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    www.span.com have good deals
  • Darren 26 Jun 2009 11:23:37 8,698 posts
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    Fasira wrote:
    Has anyone had any experiance with the 7200RPM drives? do they overhear as suggested above? sucks if they do.

    Well they do spin faster and so well put out slightly more heat but that shouldn't be a problem really. The speed benefit for PS3 games going from 5,400 rpm to 7,200 rpm HDDs is negligible though so it's not really worth the extra cost.

    PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, Xbox One, PC (Intel Core i7-4770K, 16 GB, 3 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780, Windows 8.1 Pro), iPad 4, iPad mini with Retina Display.

  • phycus 26 Jun 2009 11:26:33 298 posts
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    only recommendation i can make is to be careful when unscrewing hard drive tray, some ppl have managed to destroy the screw heads making it difficult to remove.
  • Widge Moderator 26 Jun 2009 11:35:02 13,260 posts
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    DO NOT USE AN ELECTRIC SCREWDRIVER

    or you will FUCK UP your caddy like I did.

    _ _ _

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  • Widge Moderator 26 Jun 2009 11:35:03 13,260 posts
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    DO NOT USE AN ELECTRIC SCREWDRIVER

    or you will FUCK UP your caddy like I did.

    _ _ _

    www.unpaused.co.uk - electronic noise adjective salad

  • Darren 26 Jun 2009 11:39:04 8,698 posts
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    If you wear the threads out on the screws (which is what I did when I tried to replace the HDD way back in March 2007) then just use some wire cutters to pinch into the outside of the soft metal screws so you can turn them.

    I was getting pissed off by the fact that I couldn't get the screws off with a screwdriver until someone on a forum suggested the wire cutters. I even tried ringing Sony for a replacement caddy but they just asked why I was I even replacing the HDD (remember this was the same day the console had launched in the UK) to which my answer was: "Because it says you can in the manual that came with the console". Idiots!

    PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, Xbox One, PC (Intel Core i7-4770K, 16 GB, 3 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780, Windows 8.1 Pro), iPad 4, iPad mini with Retina Display.

  • M_of_the_sys 26 Jun 2009 13:13:53 1,154 posts
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    As long as you use the right sized screwdriver you should be fine. All the screws were fine apart from one where I had to use a slightly larger screwdriver.

    Widge wrote:
    DO NOT USE AN ELECTRIC SCREWDRIVER

    or you will FUCK UP your caddy like I did.

    Haha. Common sense prevails! Sorry but that made me laugh.
  • Rash' 28 Jun 2009 22:38:54 948 posts
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    Once again, thanks fellas for all your help. I've just ordered the Western Digital Scorpio WD3200BEVT 320GB 2.5" that came highly recommended by many of you. Let's hope I don't fuck up my caddy...
  • Jazzy_Geoff 28 Jun 2009 22:53:23 7,767 posts
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    real men have 500gb
  • danathjo 28 Jun 2009 23:23:51 7,223 posts
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    got the same on mine and it's great, just make sure you haven't had the PS3 on for long before you swap it over cause the warmth of the machine will obviously soften the screws even more
  • Deleted user 29 June 2009 00:02:20
    Im thinking about upping my HDD, I have the 80GB model & only have 20GB or so left.. I don't have a portable drive though & don't fancy downloading / installing 60GB's worth of games & updates :(
  • M_of_the_sys 29 Jun 2009 08:59:26 1,154 posts
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    A friend of mine said he got a chassis for his old hard drive and was able to transfer most of the data across afterwards. Still, I think you'd be better off buying a portable drive.
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