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18 July, 2008

Sony PS3 HDD upgrade

Well, the Sony PlayStation 3 only comes in 40GB hard drive now. But if you plan to use it for media centre and many other things, 40GB is pretty much not enough. After asking for opinions, I decided to get a 200GB (7200rpm) instead of 5400rpm (which is included).

HDD of Sony PlayStation 3 (40GB)

Getting a 2.5-inch internal HDD is not difficult, it is just a matter to decide which one to get. There are a number of reports on upgrading PlayStation 3's HDD, since Sony designed for user to upgrade the internal HDD themselves. (Upgrading HDD won't void warranty.)

Here's the photo of new 2.5-inch HDD (SATA) for PS3.

2.5-inch 200GB HDD SATA (7200rpm)

Opening up the plastic cover of HDD tray is easy, but to unscrew the blue screw would require a good screw driver. (It was very tight.) Also to remove the four screws which hold the original HDD is a bit challenge. They are very very tight, and the screw head can get damaged easily. Using an electrical screwdriver is highly recommended. (I ended up getting a cheap electrical screwdriver/drill from Disk Smith Electronics.)

(to Don: Antony is poor.)

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(This is a backdated entry, the 200GB HDD was installed on 3rd July 2008 before getting games from Sony PlayStation Network.)

Related blog entries:
I can't afford the Monster Cable (30 June, 2008)
I got a Blu-ray player (a.k.a. PS3) (27 June, 2008)

Posted by Antony on 18 July 2008 2:46 PM | gadget, photos

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The remote village Council is currently sitting to decide whether to excommunicate you from village affairs, seeing that you have become a "techno-maniac" in recents times.
The single line telephone has been running hot with complaints about your excesses! Donkey Express has even begun to exclude people who even just know of you!!
Posted by Rev.Dr.Wu Yi on 20 July 2008 3:57 PM.
If I combine all my digital pictures, videos (minus DVDs), and music, I still have less than 40GB worth. The Xbox I have (modded) runs Xbox Media Center and has an 80GB hard drive; perhaps someday I'll get around to transferring over my 18GB of files to it.


Rev. Dr., I assume the remote village is too far away from the central office for DSL. So if you only have a single phone line, do you guys use RFC1149 or RFC2549 to get out to the Internet?
Posted by Don_HH2K on 22 July 2008 10:01 AM.
anyone try putting in an SSD instead of a traditional HDD? Seeing as SSD's basically generate zero heat and are much faster than 7200 rpm drives, this would seem like a logical upgrade. the cost is a little bit more than standard HDD but might be well worth it over cooking your machine as i've heard happening with machines running 7200 rpm machines.
Posted by moe on 4 March 2009 7:02 AM.
did you see a performance difference in the 7200rpm over the 5400rpm ?
Posted by Stu on 9 March 2009 1:13 PM.
HI THERE I HAVE NOT TRYIED A SSD IN MY PS3 BUT WANT TOO BECUASE HARD DRIVE GAMES TAKE FOREVER TOO LOAD THE GAME OR MORE LIKE 10 MINUTES SO SENSE DIGITAL VOLICI RAPTORS AT 10,000 RPMS OR SEAGATE 15,000 RPM HARD DRIVE OR A SOLID STATE FLASH DRIUVE
Posted by james braselton on 24 May 2009 11:20 AM.
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