Can i get some advice on upgrading my current 40gb PS3 to 500gb. Like how to save my current info on the 40gb and reload to the new hard drive. Also do I need to reinstall the O/S. Thanks.
Back up all files in your 40gb HDD to an external HDD. Replace your current HDD with the 500gb. Format the new HDD. Once the format is complete, re-attach the external HDD and restore the back up files into the new HDD. The Backup, Format, and Restore utilities are found under system settings using the XMB settings category.
For more info on the utilities, here's the link:
The PS3 will force a format when it recognizes the presence of a new hdd
Download Firmware 3.42 from a PC and load it onto a USB flash or burn it on a disc.
When the HDD is formatted, the system will ask / search for the Firmware.
After the Firmware is installed, then transfer backup files from the external storage device.
1. These drives are laptop hard drives (2.5 inch).
2. Knowing this, know that the stock drives are a mere 5400 RPM's and have lack luster performance.
3. What ever HDD you decide to get, make sure it's 7200 RPM because it will help you kill dead time.
4. Avoid Seagates Momentus brand, as they have some quality issues with their portable hard drives. If you must have one get the ST9500420AS.
5. HITACHI Travelstar H2IK5001672SP
Hope that is clear enough. Prolly the best 500GB hard drive on the market, that is of reasonable price and not $300-400. But if you don't want to get that (the Hitachi 500GB 7200RPM HDD), a good replacement is the Western Digital Scorpio Black WD5000BEKT (might not be better than the Momentus I mentioned earlier -- ST9500420AS), which also is a 7200RPM HDD with 500GB's of space. Be careful with what you buy, cause you don't want to lose your info just cause you bought a cheap drive because you didn't do any research.
PS: Also look into this 640GB drive if you want the biggest and baddest laptop drive on the market, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N8
WD Scorpio Blue SATA 2.5, 5400 RPM, 2.5 inch netbook 500GBGO HDD
As well it has been the only one I have found that was cheap and worked on the ps3 correctly with out freezing up my system, or making it crash horribly. Make sure the rpm’s are 5400 the 7200 rpm hard drives will melt, in the older models of the fatter ps3’s.
Back up your old hard drive that’s in your ps3 if you want to back up your saves. Download the latest firmware update to a flash drive or an external USB hard drive that’s formatted to fat32. Slip the old hard drive out, take the 4 screws out of the HDD case, slip out old hard drive then slip in new hard drive into the case, put the screws back in slip the hard drive back into the ps3, plug in either your external hard drive to USB or a flash drive to USB, make sure you have the latest firmware update in it, folders named like this, PS3\UPDATE\ dump the firmware update in the update folder. Safely eject flash drive or external, and then just plug into the ps3’s USB turn on ps3, since you have a new hard drive your ps3 will check for the update on your storage media device, once it verifies it, the OS will start to install\boot.
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