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Hi,

Not sure where I should post this, but since it's to do with the PS3 I thought it'd fit here best.

I'm looking into buying a new 500GB HDD for my PS3, since I've still got the original 60GB and to be honest, I find myself having to uninstall games to fit more on, when, for around £50 I can have a 500GB HDD and not need to do any of this. Currently I'm looking at this;

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/151803

Now, I'm good with components, be it RAM, Motherboards, GFX Cards etc. but when it comes to HDD I'm not the greatesr obviously bigger is better, however, apparently a 7200RPM HDD isn't as effective in a PS3 as a 5400RPM, since it doesn't increase load times by too much, and causes more heat, which I'd like to avoid, thus getting a 5400RPM, and I'm not sure what the difference is between SATA an SATAII, but whatever.

I'm also looking into getting a 500GB Portable External HDD, I'd go for a stationary desktop one, but I think this would be easier to transfer back and forth between multiple PS3's and computers etc. I'm going to be using it to back up my PS3 saves etc. since in September my PS3 died and I lost 3 years worth of savedata etc. and have recently had a powercut that caused my Gran Turismo 5 savedata to corrupt and  I've had to start again, lol. Here's the one I'm looking at;

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/221352

Now I'd like to know, are these two good choices of equipment, or would you recommend something else? Preferably something from eBuyer if you see anything that might be better, although I AM trying to stick to around £50 for each of them maximum, but if it really will make a big difference, I'll go up more.

Cheers.



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The drives you linked are fine, though its worth pointing out the 5400rpm / 7200rpm should have much difference outside of some load times (PS3's stock drive is 5400rpm anyway). Also the external HDD is alright for use with your PS3, but remember USB 2.0 will cause a bottleneck limiting data transfer/back-up speed (its a shame PS3 doesn't have a eSATA port..)



Aprisaiden said:

but remember USB 2.0 will cause a bottleneck limiting data transfer/back-up speed (its a shame PS3 doesn't have a eSATA port..)

Yeah but I can't see it taking much longer to be honest, and I can always start backing up and then go watch tele for an hour or use my PC or something, so transfer speed isn't really an issue, just as long as it gets the job done.



I would recommend this one for your internal HDD replacement.  I have always had better luck with Western Digital products,  and I have one of these in my PS3 now.

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/150515



You seem to know what you're at, so i'll only advise you get an external HDD thats larger than 500GB if you can afford it. Won't last if you have lots of movies, music and backup ps3 laptops etc. Also remeber to format your drives to fat 32. Your ps3 drive should automatically format to fat32, but you may have to format the external drive yourself. Oh and make sure you have firmware update 3.41 on a usb stick. I think its something like PS3(folder)/UPDATE(folder)/3.41(or whatever the update file is called) and the installation works fine. Anyway just google it and you'll find instructions.

Enjoy the bigger hard drive. Its well worth it.



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Vetteman94 said:

I would recommend this one for your internal HDD replacement.  I have always had better luck with Western Digital products,  and I have one of these in my PS3 now.

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/150515

Ah fair do's, I just prefer Seagate myself, however, but since this is practically the same and cheaper, I'll go with it lol, thanks.



_BetterThanToast_ said:

You seem to know what you're at, so i'll only advise you get an external HDD thats larger than 500GB if you can afford it. Won't last if you have lots of movies, music and backup ps3 laptops etc. Also remeber to format your drives to fat 32. Your ps3 drive should automatically format to fat32, but you may have to format the external drive yourself. Oh and make sure you have firmware update 3.41 on a usb stick. I think its something like PS3(folder)/UPDATE(folder)/3.41(or whatever the update file is called) and the installation works fine. Anyway just google it and you'll find instructions.

Enjoy the bigger hard drive. Its well worth it.

Just wondering, but why would I need the new firmware on a usb stick? Can't I just download the updates on my PS3? I mean sure it'd be quicker to do it this way, but I'll still check google anyway to see how to do it, lol.

And yeah I'll format the External HDD using my PC anyway, pretty simple procedure that any nutjob should be able to do, lol.

Thanks for the info!



Bristow9091 said:
_BetterThanToast_ said:

You seem to know what you're at, so i'll only advise you get an external HDD thats larger than 500GB if you can afford it. Won't last if you have lots of movies, music and backup ps3 laptops etc. Also remeber to format your drives to fat 32. Your ps3 drive should automatically format to fat32, but you may have to format the external drive yourself. Oh and make sure you have firmware update 3.41 on a usb stick. I think its something like PS3(folder)/UPDATE(folder)/3.41(or whatever the update file is called) and the installation works fine. Anyway just google it and you'll find instructions.

Enjoy the bigger hard drive. Its well worth it.

Just wondering, but why would I need the new firmware on a usb stick? Can't I just download the updates on my PS3? I mean sure it'd be quicker to do it this way, but I'll still check google anyway to see how to do it, lol.

And yeah I'll format the External HDD using my PC anyway, pretty simple procedure that any nutjob should be able to do, lol.

Thanks for the info!

Just going on my experience of replacing my HDD it asks for the firmware to be 3.41. Probably so you can't replace your HDD and jailbreak your ps3 with earlier firmware. Sony think these things through.

Sorry just left a link as windows wont format to fat32. Not saying your a tard lol, just wouldn't want you to put films etc on a NTFS format and not be able to use it with your ps3, and then have to format like my friend did. Not the end of the world but annoying :)



So what you're saying is I can't format an External HDD the same way I can with a usb stick? Just plug it in, right click Format and choose FAT32? I'd assume because it's a portable external it'd just be like a bigger usb stick or something, lol.



Bristow9091 said:

So what you're saying is I can't format an External HDD the same way I can with a usb stick? Just plug it in, right click Format and choose FAT32? I'd assume because it's a portable external it'd just be like a bigger usb stick or something, lol.


Yep for whatever reason windows won't give you the option (well it didn't hive me the option), hence my link. Windows won't format anything larger than 32GB or something.

You will need the firmware so far as i know.

Who knows the drive you buy might already be fat 32 format. Anyway you always want fat32 cause then you can use the HDD with windows, ps3, mac, linux etc.