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#1 retrad

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:23 PM

Seagate Momentus XT 500GB 2.5" HDD at newegg for $49.99 after using a promo code EMCJJJF84

Its a really solid deal if you are looking to up your ps3 hdd, from reviews Ive read it is compatible with the ps3 and this is a hybrid drive that has a 4GB SSD cache on board.
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#2 ckc4043

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:26 PM

Seagate Momentus XT 500GB 2.5" HDD at newegg for $49.99 after using a promo code EMCJJJF84

Its a really solid deal if you are looking to up your ps3 hdd, from reviews Ive read it is compatible with the ps3 and this is a hybrid drive that has a 4GB SSD cache on board.


thank you, But how can I install the HDD by myself to ps3 40gb system?

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:31 PM

Don't they take 3.5" drives?

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:32 PM

Good deal! I currently have one of these in my PS3.

thank you, But how can I install the HDD by myself to ps3 40gb system?


The physical installation isn't very difficult:
http://playstation.c...etail/a_id/362/

A YouTube video of someone backing up their old hard drive to an external USB drive before doing the HDD upgrade:

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#5 waldo21212

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:34 PM

Good deal! I currently have one of these in my PS3.




Did you notice any major speed increase vs. the stock 5400 rpm drive?

#6 WalkinPneumonia

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:39 PM

Don't they take 3.5" drives?


No, they take the laptop style.
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:43 PM

Will this fit in any PS3? My brother has the old phat 80gb that I bought him about 4 yrs ago...a new HDD is on his Christmas list, and is love to get this, as I have no idea what else to get him right off the bat.

I have a 320gb Slim, so I'm not sure how a good a deal this is anyways. Don't DIY harddrives go for super cheap anyways?
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:46 PM

Thanks I need a new hardrive because of PS+

And these should fit in any ps3. they take 2.5" harddrives

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:46 PM

it depends, a 500gb HDD is in the $50-$70 dollar range anyway, this seems to be a decent deal imo.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:47 PM

any 2.5" will fit in a PS3. I'd rather put a SSD in there for better load times.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:53 PM

it depends, a 500gb HDD is in the $50-$70 dollar range anyway, this seems to be a decent deal imo.


HD prices spiked due to the flooding in Thailand (or somewhere) about a year ago. HD companies said there was a "supply" issue, hence the price increase. Of course, it seems odd that even though production has resumed, the prices still haven't fallen all much. And they posted record profits.

any 2.5" will fit in a PS3. I'd rather put a SSD in there for better load times.


I think most people need a lot of space in their PS3 due to game installs and that fact that it's a very versatile multimedia system. The speed would be nice, but large SSDs are still expensive (I think it costs somehwere around $400 for a 256GB SSD).

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:57 PM

Will this fit in any PS3?


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Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:57 PM

Wish Newegg had physical gift cards. I'd use them as payment like Amazon does. I sure could go for a new hard drive for my PS3. Also, need to track down at least 250 GB hard drive to back up my 160 GB PS3's hard drive to.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:01 PM

I've been needing a new HDD for my PS3 since PSN started giving out all these free games. I wanted a 750 but this is a pretty good price for a 500. Are there any 750s around this price at this size or is this a good deal? Haven't been following 2.5" HDDs much, just SSDs for my desktop.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:02 PM

Wish Newegg had physical gift cards. I'd use them as payment like Amazon does. I sure could go for a new hard drive for my PS3. Also, need to track down at least 250 GB hard drive to back up my 160 GB PS3's hard drive to.

Why do you need a 260gb hd? Don't you have to redownload any games you get from the PS store?

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:03 PM

Did you notice any major speed increase vs. the stock 5400 rpm drive?


I feel like the system boots faster and games load slightly faster in general, but install times are the same as a 7200RPM drive.

It also depends on the games you play. Like according to tests done here, GT5 sees significant improvements, while Bioshock does not (older games, I know).
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:06 PM

any 2.5" will fit in a PS3. I'd rather put a SSD in there for better load times.


It only helps for load times on certain games. I've only noticed a difference on Gran Turismo and Skyrim. Skyrim's load times are still ridiculous, but not as bad as with the stock 5400rpm drive. The PS3 only has a SATA I controller on it, which bottlenecks the speed gains from a SATA III SSD. That being said, it's enough of a difference for me to justify the cost.

An SSD did however resolve that god-aweful texture loading issue in RAGE though. Installs are generally much faster too. Woo hoo!

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:08 PM

So tempted to pick one up, especially since I just jumped on the PS+ wagon. They are still going for $25-30 more on fleabay. Worst case, my macbook pro gets a faster drive.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:11 PM

large SSDs are still expensive (I think it costs somehwere around $400 for a 256GB SSD).


Actually it's about half that:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820148530

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:11 PM

So tempted to pick one up, especially since I just jumped on the PS+ wagon. They are still going for $25-30 more on fleabay. Worst case, my macbook pro gets a faster drive.


Same here. I'm even contemplating buying two, to have one as extra storage for the Wii U...

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:14 PM

Actually it's about half that:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820148530


yeah but its still too expensive to put a 500GB ssd in your system and I think thats what I want to get to fit all my content on the HD. I mean really $50 for 500GB vs $200+ for 256 GB ssd no contest in my mind.
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:15 PM

Good deal! I currently have one of these in my PS3.


Does it increase the heat on the PS3? My 40GB Phat isn't as great as it once was and fan has to work a little harder than it use to. Currently have a 250gb but PS+ is really forcing my hand to upgrade.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:15 PM

I think most people need a lot of space in their PS3 due to game installs and that fact that it's a very versatile multimedia system. The speed would be nice, but large SSDs are still expensive (I think it costs somehwere around $400 for a 256GB SSD).

Most 256GB SSDs of reasonably quality (Crucial M4, Samsung PM830, plus others) have been routinely $170-$200 for 256GB version in the last 4-5 months. Sometimes cheaper.

SSDs might not make much more of a difference in a PS3 than a good solid 7200RPM drive, though this hybrid drive is the first generation version of the hybrid drive. The second generation one is a much better hybrid drive than the first generation one.

This would be a noticeable upgrade from the stock 5400RPM drive. I just dropped a 750GB WD Scorpio Black in my Slim PS3 and that's been a noticeable difference from the stock drive. It's also as cool or cooler than the stock Toshiba drive that was in there.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:19 PM

The second generation one is a much better hybrid drive than the first generation one.


well besides some probable small tweaks the only really noticeable difference I can tell is 4GB vs 8GB ssd cache. Since ps3 operates at sata 1.5 gbps having a sata 6.0 gbps would be pointless.
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:20 PM

Does it increase the heat on the PS3? My 40GB Phat isn't as great as it once was and fan has to work a little harder than it use to. Currently have a 250gb but PS+ is really forcing my hand to upgrade.

There will be a very slight increase but nothing to be concerned about.

well besides some probable small tweaks the only really noticeable difference I can tell is 4GB vs 8GB ssd cache. Since ps3 operates at sata 3.0 gbps having a sata 6.0 gbps would be pointless.


It actually has less to do with the SSD cache and more to do with the updated hardware controller that allows it to be more efficient with using the cache. http://www.ps3devwik.../wiki/Harddrive is a pretty cool source for the PS3's HDD capabilities.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:23 PM

Same here. I'm even contemplating buying two, to have one as extra storage for the Wii U...


Hmm, good point...Might be ordering a second one myself.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:29 PM

My wife said ok, so I ordered it. I don't do that much gaming these days, but I remember butting up against the capacity of the 60GB drive in my original PS3 on several occassions. This is less than MSRP of a single game (not that I ever pay MSRP) - that's how I convinced myself, anyway.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:30 PM

well besides some probable small tweaks the only really noticeable difference I can tell is 4GB vs 8GB ssd cache. Since ps3 operates at sata 1.5 gbps having a sata 6.0 gbps would be pointless.

It's more than just the cache, they tweaked the caching algorithms and other items to make it a better drive.

Review comparison between the two drives:
http://techreport.co...brid-hard-drive

It also compares the 750GB Scorpio Black (I own three of them, fantastic drive) to this drive and more times than not, the Scorpio Black beats the 500GB Momentus XT.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:39 PM

It's more than just the cache, they tweaked the caching algorithms and other items to make it a better drive.

Review comparison between the two drives:
http://techreport.co...brid-hard-drive

It also compares the 750GB Scorpio Black (I own three of them, fantastic drive) to this drive and more times than not, the Scorpio Black beats the 500GB Momentus XT.


Thanks for the link.

That, the fact that this is the 1st gen drive, and the many issues I've read about the newer Seagate drives (I've had many Seagate drives throughout the years in my PC's, but I have read that their quality has been on the decline) has help me decide to just hold off for a good deal on a WD Scorpio black drive.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:42 PM

Aghhhhh!!! Why can't it be $49.99 listed on newegg?! Than I could PM at Best Buy and buy it with the Krueig coffee maker I'm getting my parents, using my 3x RZ points coupon to get about $10 more in RZ certs..
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