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Old 27-09-2009, 13:45   #1
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Ps3 hdd upgrade query

Hi guys,

I have an 80gb PS3 and I intend to upgrade the HD to something like 300+ gb, I don't have much stuff that I need to back up at the moment but can anyone tell me how big the system information file is that needs to be re-installed on the new drive? and can I bung it on a flash?

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Old 27-09-2009, 14:02   #2
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Re: Ps3 hdd upgrade query

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuyQPW3bDS0

video here

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I changed the vid if you look it tells you system files are on the PS3 not the drive you can copy saved games etc off your drive to a usb drive

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I know, thanks for the help!
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Re: Ps3 hdd upgrade query

Slim seems simple to upgrade too, and I have to say I'm impressed that upgrading the HDD doesn't invalidate the warranty
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as it should not in all fairness you are hardly doing anything invasive. Shame M$ are not so cool about it
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Re: Ps3 hdd upgrade query

Some people do get asked by the PS3 for the firmware when installing a new HDD. No idea why though. I think part of the Store may be kept on the HDD, but AFAIK the firmware itself is kept on flash memory.

Regarding firmware though, you can put it on a USB flash drive, external HDD, etc., & install it to the PS3 from there (instead of letting the PS3 download it, or for "just in case" the PS3 wants it when fitting a new HDD). It must be stored in "\PS3\UPDATE\" to be found by the PS3. It's 153MB in size, & can be found at http://uk.playstation.com/ps3/support/system-software/. I find it easier doing updates that way than letting the PS3 download it itself.

If changing HDDs, you can perform a backup using the XMB, to backup your game saves, game data, etc. to an external HDD. Or you can just copy your game saves to a flash drive / external HDD manually, & then re-download any game updates & DLC after the new drive has been fitted.

Fitting a new HDD on the PS3 is easy. Just make sure you get the right size SATA drive (2.5").

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as it should not in all fairness you are hardly doing anything invasive. Shame M$ are not so cool about it

Yup

The 250GB drive I fitted to my PS3 was far cheaper than the cost of MS' 120GB HDD for the 360

Heh, and I could probably get a 500GB drive now for what I paid for the 250GB drive.
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Re: Ps3 hdd upgrade query

I just installed my new HDD and I WAS asked for the firmware that I had to download from the Sony website.
I'm a bit miffed because I fitted a 320gb HDD but I only had 258gb to use, so I lost around 60gb somewhere. Also miffed because I couldn't choose what to back up before install and what to ignore, so I had to delete most of my .avi's as I only had a 4gb flash drive. Boo.
The PS3 is frustratingly close to being a perfect all-round piece of kit but it's not quite there.
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