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PS3 Hard Drive Upgrade on Slim

In Gaming, Tech on December 9, 2010 at 9:36 am

The Ps3 is one of those comsumer electronics products that DO allow for end user hard drive upgrades. That is one of the advantages it has over some of the other competing products to say the least. The upgrading of the hard drive is documented in your PS3 manual if you have ever had the time to read it. It will obviously not void your warranty or anything like that as long as you do it correctly. If you chew up the screws with an incorrectly sized screw driver than perhaps Sony may sell you some replacements, so be careful with that.

First things first, the hardest part of the upgrade is actually backing up all your data. The PS3 will take any FAT32 formated drive. You won’t be able to use Windows to format a drive larger than 32gb. You may use Mac or Linux or perhaps one of the alternate formating software available for Windows. I’ll presume most people like me want to keep their game saves and also any demos etc they have downloaded and better still have everything back the way it was. PS3 does have a utility built in to do the job and it backs up everything except for a few things which i wouldn’t worry about but you can find out from the manual. If you were wondering whether protected save files do work once restored, then yes they most certainly do work. In fact, it will be like its the same PS3 including all the users, settings even login details for networks and PSN. The utility is found under system settings as backup utility. Please also remember that the backup should only be restored to the original PS3 it was made on. Use the transfer utility if you want to move data to a new PS3. You should also manually save any media files just in case.

Once backed up you can turn off everything and unhook the PS3, place it upside down on a table possibly with a cloth underneath. You will see the little tab you can lift and swivel, under which is a blue screw you need to unscrew. The front faceplate slides off. You then pull out the HDD caddy. There are four screws to take out the HDD. Do in reverse to put it back together. It’s that simple.

Turn on the PS3, it will recognise the HDD is new and the OS is missing. You need to download the latest firmware from the Playstation website and put it into the correct directory structure and plug it into the PS3 and follow the on screen instructions to install it in.

The last step is to restore your backup which will take a while. This is again found under the backup utility.

I have used a Seagate 500GB 5400rpm drive. Of course it is 2.5″ sata II. Although some say that you may use a 7200rpm drive, I thought it would be safe just to use the 5400rpm it came with. If you were wondering which brand was in there, it was Toshiba; however I would think most people prefer Seagate and Western Digital because they sell alot of drives to end users in the form of external and portable drives and they have excellent service compared to the other 3 (Hitachi, Toshiba and Samsung) which sell mainly to other manufacturers. That is not saying that if you got a drive from them you would be at any disadvantage. Sony is known to have used possibly all the brands so far in the various models, so brand is not an issue. On hindsight i think I could have gone with a 640gb drive instead because after installing the OS I remember only having close to 412gb/465gb. Also good to note is the fact that the PS3 will not take any of those 12.5mm drives that WD has made. I guess the largest size at the moment would therefore be 750gb.

As a last note, you should keep the old drive until your warranty expires on the console in case you have to send back the PS3 in which case you need to put back the original drive. Also, that drive if popped back in will work just fine on that PS3 so it will serve as a backup till then as well in case your old drive fails.

All in all, great easy upgrade for my new PlayTV.

The Spray Can

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