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PS3 HDD Guide (internal/external)

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this blog post is for those who are looking into upgrading their PS3 HDD by themselves, and what to do with their old HDD they just replaced... this guide will provide tips and info needed to successfully make the switch...

-: PURCHASING A NEW HDD :-
first things first, you'll need to purchase said hard drive in order to switch them... internal HDD's come in many sizes, from 40GB to 1TB... what size you choose is entirely up to you... but, if your upgrading your PS3 HDD it's because you don't have enough memory for all of your games, PSN titles, music, movies, etc... so, i suggest getting at least a 250GB HDD... the most important aspect of this operation is purchasing the "correct" internal hard drive... here are the following requirements:

- Internal Serial ATA Hard Drive (SATA)
for laptops... must be internal and must be a laptop SATA hard drive...
- 2.5"
this MUST be the size of the hard drive... nothing else will fit...
- 5400RPM
this is the recommended speed... the PS3 only requires this and anything faster will result in added heat and only a "very small", but not noticeable upgrade to the speed... i suggest you just stick to what the PS3 can handle...

those are the requirements... it's a short list and leaves the door open for you to purchase whatever internal HDD meets the requirements... if your a bargain hunter and most likely buying off-brands, i suggest reading the customer reviews and make sure you see someone making a comment about using it for the PS3... most ones that work tend to have a comment from someone who was using the item for the upgrade... but, this is not required if you know the hard drive meets the requirements...

if your not a bargain hunter and want to get one that you know for sure works and aren't afraid of paying $10-20 more, purchase this one: *CLICK HERE*... it links to best buys website but, my best buy in town didn't have these... instead i found it at office depot for a few bucks more... but, i was determined to purchase the one i knew would work so, i didn't mind spending a little extra...

-: BACKUP HDD AND/OR SAVED GAME FILES :-
if you have an external HD with enough space, you can backup your entire PS3 HDD to it... this is a rather pointless step if you don't mind re-installing your games, DLC, and PSN titles... if you don't want to then, your going to need an external HDD that's big enough to fit all of your stuff on... and you'll have to partition it to FAT32 in order for the PS3 to read it... more on partitioning later in the blog... plug it in and look for the "backup" option in your settings... follow instructions...

if you think backing up the entire hard drive is silly then, just backup your game saves... for this all you need is a little USB flash drive... 4GB ones go for about $20 nowadays... plus, it's always good to have a memory card anyways... once you have a USB flash drive, you'll need to plug it into the PS3 and follow the prompts... i believe it will ask you if you want to format it... say yes... if you already have a USB flash drive you don't use anymore, clear the data off of it and format it as a FAT32 partition... again, more on this later... now all you have to do is plug in the flash drive and copy your saved game data files to your flash drive...
NOTE: your trophies will carry over to your new hard drive once you log into the network and sync back up to the server... they will be added back to your hard drive... to make sure all of your trophies are re-added, log into the playstation network and sync up your profile before you remove the hard drive...

-: EXCHANGING THE HDD :-
now that all of the above has been taken care of, the next step is the most delicate of the whole process... for this you will need to take great precautions... the most important one is making sure your not statically charged... if you are, it's very possible you could fry the HDD with a little spark from your fingers and ruin the HDD you just bought... your going to need a phillips screwdriver as well, preferably a very small one... some suggest using an eyeglass screwdriver... and your going to have to be very very careful not to strip the screws you will encounter... they are easy to strip and could cause some headaches when it comes to taking them out, or putting them back in...

.: remove the black panel protecting the HDD...
.: unscrew the blue screw...
.: slide the unit to the side, removing it from it's resting place...
.: carefully remove the HDD casing from the PS3...
.: remove the 4 little screws that surround the internal HDD casing...
.: carefully slide the existing HDD out of the casing...
.: carefully slide the new HDD into the spot of the old one..
.: re-screw in the 4 screws that surround the HDD casing tightly...
.: slide back into PS3 and push it to the side to lock it back in...
.: put the blue screw back in...
.: put HDD cover back on...
.: start the system...
.: follow the instructions about formatting the hard drive...

the beauty of this upgrade is that your system will remember your user name, settings, and even your PSN login information if you have it set up to automatically remember... plus, you won't need to download firmware updates as those are saved to an internal memory inside the system... all of this information is saved there and will never disappear unless it gets refurbished...

-: WHAT TO DO WITH OLD HDD (+PARTITION FORMATTING) :-
after the exchange you will be left with the old HDD... if you want to turn this into an external hard drive, you can... all you'll need to do is buy an external hard drive enclosure casing... and make sure your buying one that will fit the 2.5" HDD inside... once it's set into the casing, you can turn it into an external HD... and for these steps, you'll need to use your PC or MAC... plug the new hard drive into either computer and follow these steps to partition them to be used on their corresponding operating systems...

for PC:
goto: control panel; administrative tools; computer management; storage; disk management

from there erase the existing data stored on there and create a new partition... for PC use, create a NTFS partition... if your PC can recognize FAT32 file types then, format it to that... if you can create a FAT32 partition then, you will be able to use the hard drive on both a MAC and the PS3... more on that later...

follow those steps as well if your trying to create a USB memory card... but, format it as FAT32 ONLY... the PS3 cannot recognize a NTFS partition...

for MAC:
goto: macintosh HD; applications; utilities; disk utility

follow the same steps by erasing the current data and partitioning it as a FAT32 (Mac OS Extended) file type... but, if you are using a MAC, you might as well create an MS-DOS partition... macs have this option and MS-DOS partitions can be read by any operating system, including the PS3...

follow those steps as well if your trying to create a USB memory card... but, format it as FAT32 ONLY... the PS3 cannot recognize an MS-DOS partition for game saves...

so, for PC partition as NTFS... for MAC partition as FAT32 (Mac OS Extended)...

but keep in mind that FAT32 partitions can only be as big as 32GB, which might not be a problem for a 40GB one but, if you have the 80GB one, you'll only be using half of the hard drive... but, if your PC can format it as a FAT32 partition then, you can use this new external hard drive on the PC, MAC, and PS3... but, if you have a MAC, i suggest using that to partition the hard drive as an MS-DOS system... not only will it partition the entire hard drive but, it will also work on all operating systems... it's the best option in the whole process...

if you were able to format it to be read on the PS3 then, all you have to do is plug it into your desktop/laptop computer and create 3 folders on it... call them "Picture", "Video" and "Music"... and if you drop photos, videos, and music into the corresponding folders, they will appear in your PS3 XMB the next time you plug it in...

how cool is that?! now you have a bigger PS3 HD and a fancy new external hard drive created from the old PS3 hard drive... and if you can get this to work on the PS3, you'll also have a portable storage device that can be used on the PS3... sure beats copying all the music to the PS3 HDD doesn't it? all you have to do now is plug in and play...

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if you have any suggestions or questions, post them here... if you'd like to discuss the process or share your own experiences, be sure to post it in the forums... here's a link: *CLICK HERE*...
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online HB~Sauceactivity 1817 Days Ago
Damn, it sounds pretty simple to change. What kind of phillips screwdriver (like how small?) I'm tempted to just open the side of my ps3 to see exactly what's up but not a good idea right now haha.
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