Can a PS3 12gb HDD be upgraded?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Gaming MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Gaming MoneySaving
Seems like my son's 12gb unit is just not enough for him these days so wonder if there is any way I can upgrade the HDD to say 80 or even 120gb?
If so could I please have a type/ spec on the HDD I need and how to install it please?

Many thanks as usual
F
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  • PenguinJimPenguinJim Forumite
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    Almost. You cannot upgrade the 12GB internal memory. When you install a HDD, you will no longer be able to access that 12GB. So back everything up first. Some save games are copy-protected so you can never transfer them, in a stroke of astounding genius by Sony.

    But yes, you can lob in pretty much any 2.5" HDD as long as you have a screwdriver. You'll probably be able to get a 1TB HDD for roughly the same price as a 120GB HDD! ;)

    Be careful not to get a 3.5" HDD as it will be too big and require too much power to be supported.
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  • ferryferry Forumite
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    Thanks
    Does it need to be SATA or do the 2.5 hdd only come in one type?
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  • PenguinJimPenguinJim Forumite
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    I'd be extremely surprised if you could find an IDE 2.5" drive still for sale, but you're right, it should be SATA. Any SATA, 1, 2 or 3 is fine.

    Edit: if you're not in a mad rush, I'll keep an eye out for a good price for a drive for you between now and Friday. Window shopping is fun! :)
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  • PenguinJimPenguinJim Forumite
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    I think this 2.5" 500GB Momentus Thin for £33.56 delivered should fit the bill pretty well. The PS3 can take 7mm or 9.5mm drives, and this is 7mm. It's a bit faster than its 9.5mm M8 cousin, too - probably due to its 16MB cache (compared to 8 on the M8), and it should be near-silent in operation.

    You're looking at £46+ for 1TB. 500GB should be more than enough for a PS3, though. However... if you're feeling confident (and possibly own a rotary multi-tool :D) you could open up the case on this external 2.5" drive and have a 1TB drive for £30.24. Cut it carefully and you could use the USB interface for other drives in future! It will probably be slightly slower than the above Momentus, though.
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  • ferryferry Forumite
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    Thanks for getting back to me on this.
    I'll take a look at your recommendations

    F
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  • Interesting thread,i was also curious about this topic, thanks for sharing guys.
  • ferryferry Forumite
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    Sorry to drag up an old thread-would anyone know if once I instal the new hard drive I can transfer everything from the flash drive to the new one without any loss of data?

    Thanks again
    F
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  • PenguinJimPenguinJim Forumite
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    No, you cannot. You will lose access to the 12GB once you have a hard drive in there. You will need to copy everything onto a USB drive or back up to the Cloud first.
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