Found 9th Sep 2009
hi, i am wanted to upgrade my 60GB hard drive for my ps3, i have found a 320gb ps3 compatiable hard drive and seen tutorials on youtube, it looks simple but want to know a few answers before i proceed;

320gb hard drive
play.com/PC/…6R8

1. anyone had any problems with the hdd above?
2. when backing up data from my 60gb hard drive, do i need to fomat my external hard drive to the same format as the ps3 so i can backup my data?

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2. yes FAT32

its well easy btw :thumbsup:

I had to dl all the games i had bought again.

1. No, same HDD I installed in my bro's PS3 with no probs at all.
2. As above, format external HDD to FAT32 (if it's not already that is)

Just be careful removing the screws from the PS3 caddy, some of them can be a right ****** to get undone. Have had a 160GB BEVT in mine since about a month after I got it, which is around 2 years ago now

[edit] BEFORE installing new HDD, go to account options on PSN and disable console.. the reason for this is that the PS3 name your machine currently has is linked to it, and when you install the new HDD it'll get a new name... so then you just go to PSN and sign in with existing account and you're done. Have done that a few times on mine as I wanted to reformat and restore the PS3 to "as new".. and I can still download everything I have previously bought from the store with no probs at all.

I used that drive fine too. Had to download the latest firmware (again) to a USB stick (and then put in the PS3) before the drive would work though. Bit of faffing around but we did it all in under an hour including backups and restore - it's a good time to delete any rubbish you don't need beforehand. My mate has a 60Gb like yours and it worked straight away mind you. The Sony site should answer all your questions, it's pretty good.

uk.playstation.com/hel…_GB

aphex187;6253533

I had to dl all the games i had bought again.



That's because you downloaded them onto the old hard disk. Think about it....

tallpete33;6254462

That's because you downloaded them onto the old hard disk. Think about … That's because you downloaded them onto the old hard disk. Think about it....



Hey thx genius i didn't know that :thumbsup: i was giving him heads up incase he didn't and to expect a long waiting time in dl'ing all his stuff again. Make sure you delete any games from the game save data bit after you have finished installing onto the new HD.

Also if you have Singstar to phone Sony and get them to activate the songs you have dl'd.

Can i say that it took me all of 2mins to put the new HD in, np's at all with screws so don't be put off, GL m8!

Original Poster

hmmm... its starting to sound a bit confusing, i've only purchased 2 things from the PSN store, this was tekken 5 and International Track and Field, do i have to download these again on my new hard drive?

also paddy.stone, i'm confused on the part where i had to disable my console?

if anyone knows any good tutorials which will help me upgrade and also shows how to backup and restore data, it would be much appreiciated

youtube.com/wat…x=7

that's pretty decent and you shouldn't go wrong, it's so easy so don't worry!

Original Poster

1x external hard drive = formatted? to Fat32 so ps3 can backup everything on to this? cant i leave all my documents, music and photos on this?
1x new ps3 hard drive = this is formatted from the ps3
1x old ps3 hard drive

killabyte;6257124

1x external hard drive = formatted? to Fat32 so ps3 can backup everything … 1x external hard drive = formatted? to Fat32 so ps3 can backup everything on to this? cant i leave all my documents, music and photos on this?1x new ps3 hard drive = this is formatted from the ps31x old ps3 hard drive



If iyour ext hard drive is formatted to Fat32 (see below) then you're ok and can leave your data on there as the backup will create a separate folder. It's pretty straight forward.

playstation.custhelp.com/cgi…w=1

To check if your ext HDD is Fat32, plug it into your laptop/PC. Find it in "My Computer" and right click on properties. It will say if the file system is Fat32 or NTFS. If it's NTFS you'll have to format (some or all) it to Fat32.

You may not HAVE to disable the system... But it's what is recommended when using system format or system restore so that you can re-download anything you bought from PSN. So thought you may want to do it for swapping HDDs too.

If you DO want to do it, all you have to do is go to account management and select [system activation] and choose disable PS3 system.
When you've popped in the new HDD, just register the system under your PSN account you already have and it should activate it again... then you can re-download anything you previously bought from the store.

paddy.stone;6257957

You may not HAVE to disable the system... But it's what is recommended … You may not HAVE to disable the system... But it's what is recommended when using system format or system restore so that you can re-download anything you bought from PSN. So thought you may want to do it for swapping HDDs too.If you DO want to do it, all you have to do is go to account management and select [system activation] and choose disable PS3 system.When you've popped in the new HDD, just register the system under your PSN account you already have and it should activate it again... then you can re-download anything you previously bought from the store.



I forgot to de-activate mine, put the HD in and it someone who told me about that activation which i then did, Wonder if that's because i haven't de-activated the old HD and then gone and put my new one in it thinks i now have a new console? It's just i had probs the other day as i de-activated the console then when i went to activate it again it wouldn't let me, i had to get someone i file shared with to use my log in to de-activate their console their side.

Original Poster

right i'm going to buy a hdd this week and read a lot of reviews on the one hdd posted above (post 1), there are many negatives then positives with that hdd namely the bbc iplayer freezing which i use very frequently...

so i've decided that, seeing as my original hdd 60gb is a hitachi, should i buy a hitachi hdd?

i have been looking at this hitachigst.com/por….B/ but not seen many reviews...does anyone recommened this? i heard that there isn't much problems and bbc iplayer doesn't freeze...

killabyte;6553462

right i'm going to buy a hdd this week and read a lot of reviews on the … right i'm going to buy a hdd this week and read a lot of reviews on the one hdd posted above (post 1), there are many negatives then positives with that hdd namely the bbc iplayer freezing which i use very frequently...so i've decided that, seeing as my original hdd 60gb is a hitachi, should i buy a hitachi hdd?i have been looking at this http://www.hitachigst.com/portal/site/en/products/travelstar/5K500.B/ but not seen many reviews...does anyone recommened this? i heard that there isn't much problems and bbc iplayer doesn't freeze...



I don't think the fact that yours has an Hitachi in it means anything. Mine had a Seagate.

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thesaint;6553523

I don't think the fact that yours has an Hitachi in it means anything. … I don't think the fact that yours has an Hitachi in it means anything. Mine had a Seagate.



hmmm...i'm just looking for a hdd that will work perfectly...i dont want it to freeze or anything plus i need bbc iplayer working perfectly thats why i'm looking at the hitachi, from reviews i've seen, which isnt many state it works perfectly fine with no problems...

killabyte;6553682

hmmm...i'm just looking for a hdd that will work perfectly...i dont want … hmmm...i'm just looking for a hdd that will work perfectly...i dont want it to freeze or anything plus i need bbc iplayer working perfectly thats why i'm looking at the hitachi, from reviews i've seen, which isnt many state it works perfectly fine with no problems...



I haven't ever been on i-player on mine, but the point I was making is that I don't think that your PS3 having a Hitachi hard-drive originally means anything.

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thesaint;6553707

I haven't ever been on i-player on mine, but the point I was making is … I haven't ever been on i-player on mine, but the point I was making is that I don't think that your PS3 having a Hitachi hard-drive originally means anything.



i guess so but from reviews fitting another hitachi may be good

Original Poster

anyone use the hitachi on their ps3? any probs?
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