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PS3 – Upgrade Harddrive Notes and Tips

So, is 60GB not enough for you? It wasn’t for me. Here are some good tips and tricks that will help if you decide to upgrade your playstation3’s harddrive.


With the Playstation3 being touted as a music/media hub; 60GB of storage can run out pretty fast if you have a rather extensive mp3/music library and add videos on top of that.

Here are some tips on how to upgrade the internal harddrive (20GB or 60GB PS3s).

PS3 Factory Harddrive Specs:
-Sata 150
-5400RPM
-20GB or 60GB capacity

maximum size internal hdd that PS3 can use: 250GB
maximum size of external hdd connected to PS3 via USB: 500GB, also must use FAT32 filesystem (PS3 will not recognize NTFS)
(added 2/28/08)

Basically you will want to get a 2.5″ laptop harddrive that falls in these specs; 5400 / 7200 rpm speed (7200rpm drives run faster but hotter), sata150 interface, and is 250GB or less in size.

P-ATA drives will not work!!!!!

Be sure to do a system backup if possible. Remember that a system backup will copy your photos/music/videos as part of the backup. I would recommend deleting all media you’ve added and have elsewhere off of the PS3 harddrive prior to a backup. This will also let you make a backup to a memory stick or sd card. Also, some game saves can only be saved to memory sticks/usb drives via a system backup (NFS: Carbon will not let you copy its game save to a memory stick or usb drive).

The actual removing and inserting of the new harddrive is easy. On the left side is a screw that holds the harddrive cage in the PS3. remove the screw and pull out the harddrive and its cage. Take the cage off of the original harddrive and put it on the new harddrive. Slide it back in, screw it back on and voila!

Once you go through the system backup restore, you can redownload any games from the PS store you have purchased that weren’t backed up.

Hopefully those tips helped out, btw a 160gb drive will run about $80 these days (2/08).

Jimmy S
Jimmy Shttp://blogs.tech-recipes.com/jimmyselix
Jimmy Selix is an early adopter that loves to be one of the first on the block to have the latest and greatest in technology and gadgets. Another love of his is being able to share his knowledge to others seeking it. Feel free to drop any comments or questions that you may have.
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