Playstation 3 Disk Too Small? Swap It Out for a Monster Drive

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Stuck with a measly 20GB hard drive on your shiny new PS3? It's easy to replace that with a hefty 120GB, or even 160GB drive. The guys at GamersReports show us exactly how it's done, a process whose most complicated operation is the selection of the drive itself.


If you get yourself a 2.5-inch notebook SATA hard drive ($94-$160, depending on capacity), preferably one which runs at 5400RPM, the mini-guide shows you how to remove the PS3's original drive and replace it with a new one. Don't be fooled by the article's reference to a "2.5mm" drive—methinks that would be a wee bit small.

The final (and incredibly easiest) step, after the jump.

After that, it's a simple matter of formatting the drive, and except for game saves, everything you need to run the PS3 will be placed on your voluminous new drive. Now if you could turn that PS3 into a 1080p personal video recorder, you might actually need all that extra disk space.


Playstation 3 HDD Replacement Mini-Guide [GamersReports]

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>>"Bravo Sony - you just screwed yourself out of millions in revenue" - A baking powder? Ex Squeeze me?

Ou contraire. I believe there is a very large home-brew enthusiast base that will purchase the PS3 over the other consoles because it is so hackable... and I'm one of them. As more 'hacks' (user generated applications) become mainstream the PS3 demand will remain. Remember, a PS3 isn't just for Christmas!

I like the PS3 because I can load another operating system and change the HDD size etc. By the time I'm done with the games that've pushed the boundaries of the PS3, there will be so many Apps and hacks that it will have an ongoing life as another device. This gives the PS3 a very long life which started as a game console. Look that the original x-box; plenty are used for DVD storage, media centers and servers and I believe the PS-3 will follow a similar track.

In terms of bang for the buck and considering its actual usable life, the PS3 is probably the best choice of the consoles on the market.