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#2401 Hell Monkey

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 03:03 PM

On Blackfriday, Bestbuy has a WD 1TB hardrive for 59.99 Will this hard drive work with the PS3, anyone ever use a 1TB harddrive with the PS3? Although I think that 1TB is too big. http://www.bestbuy.c...1&ref=39&loc=01


Wow. I need to find someoen to go to Best Buy for me. I 've heard 1TB is the biggest you can go and after that you start to see slowdown.

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Posted 20 November 2010 - 05:59 PM

I could've sworn that the PS3 couldn't recognize HDD bigger than 500 gb. Yea, I agree 1 TB seems to be kinda overkill on the ps3...if that HDD ever failed... I think I'm wrong,

On a related note, if I were to upgrade my ps3 hdd and still want to hold onto my dlc/psn games. Does that mean I will have to deactivate my account(s) on my old hdd in order not to waste a game share/slot, and then install the new hdd?


On Blackfriday, Bestbuy has a WD 1TB hardrive for 59.99 Will this hard drive work with the PS3, anyone ever use a 1TB harddrive with the PS3? Although I think that 1TB is too big. http://www.bestbuy.c...1&ref=39&loc=01


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Posted 20 November 2010 - 06:38 PM

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#2405 DarkNessBear

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 04:05 AM

I've received error 8002A231 when trying to sign into my account. It wont let me sign in and I've searched online that it is due to my account being suspended... I don't get for what.

#2406 dejeckt

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 05:15 AM

Hey everyone any tips or advise before I install WD 500gb the hdd to install in my PS3? So far my plans are...

1. Backup primary, important data to my 8gb usb flash drive.
2. Backup everything then transfer to computer.
3. Take 500gb hdd out of enclosure.
4. Swap PS3 hdd with 500gb
5. Reformat 500hdd
6. Put PS3 hdd in enclosure
7. Transfer backup from computer > external hdd > apply back onto PS3 with new hdd


I think thats generally what I have to do, and I can apparently skip deactivating accounts cause the account activation is tied to the system (not hdd). Any advise or comments would be much appreciated.

#2407 langdon_alger

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 12:31 PM

make sure you have usernames/passwords for any gameshare accounts.

I had to re-sign in to all of my gameshare accts. after I reinstalled my new HD, to do a quick de-activate/re-activate.

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 06:53 PM

make sure you have usernames/passwords for any gameshare accounts.

I had to re-sign in to all of my gameshare accts. after I reinstalled my new HD, to do a quick de-activate/re-activate.


Someone on another thread said I didn't have to worry about deactivating accounts before swapping HDD. So are you saying that I need to deactivate accounts on old hdd then reactivate when I install hdd?

#2409 langdon_alger

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 08:53 PM

no, my issue came in because I didn't have the password saved for some of the gameshare accts. (once the orig. user changes the pass it blanks out on your system). I didn't deactivate anything beforehand, but I still had to go into each acct. after I switched drives and de-ac/re-ac. Just a heads up.

#2410 dejeckt

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Posted 02 December 2010 - 08:02 AM

Well I installed the new HDD without a hitch, however, my backup won't restore (and I used the original ps3 hdd as the external...so it seems like im....). At 99% some error happens....grrr. Good thing I manually copied most important saves on a usb key, but freaking Demon's Souls was locked.

Any suggestion on how to get restore to work? The back up data was about 35gb in total (if thats important)

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Posted 05 December 2010 - 07:50 PM

I just got myself a new :ps3: last week. Seems to work well so far....

One problem, the text on my big screen tv seems really small. Is this just because I'm using the composite cable that came with it? Would buying a hdmi cable help?

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 01:24 AM

I just got myself a new :ps3: last week. Seems to work well so far....

One problem, the text on my big screen tv seems really small. Is this just because I'm using the composite cable that came with it? Would buying a hdmi cable help?


It depends on what type of TV you have, but yes, HDMI should help with the text size. I remember when I just plugged in my PS3 with HDMI, the text was extremely small, until it scanned the display and did the auto-set up. If you have a TV that can output in 1080p, you are going to want to get an HDMI cable. www.monoprice.com is the best place to get one, do not spend over $5-10 for it.
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Posted 06 December 2010 - 01:47 AM

I just got myself a new :ps3: last week. Seems to work well so far....

One problem, the text on my big screen tv seems really small. Is this just because I'm using the composite cable that came with it? Would buying a hdmi cable help?


I am assuming you are using a hdtv since you mention a hdmi cable. If so, yes immediately go get a HDMI cable, then when powering on the ps3, hold the power button for 5 seconds till it beeps. Then it will redo the display settings for you and get you into a HD signal and fix the issue you're having.

#2414 Hell Monkey

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 08:20 PM

So I have a 10% off coupon to Best Buy and $40 in Reward Zone certs. Can anyone suggest a hard drive on the Best Buy website that would be good to stick in the ol' PS3 for around the $50-$60 range? (so I'm only spending $20 or so out of pocket max)

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Posted 09 December 2010 - 07:34 AM

i got a new 160 ps3. i have my 500 gb hd from my ylod 60. can i just plop the 500 into the new one? i was able to reflow the 60 to deactivate my psn accounts. im asking if i can swap so that i dont have to redownload all the crap and keep my saves.

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#2416 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 09 December 2010 - 08:54 AM

No, the best route would've been to transfer your data via ethernet to the new PS3 if you could and then do a back-up/restore to get the 500 GB hard drive in there.

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Posted 09 December 2010 - 09:27 AM

No, the best route would've been to transfer your data via ethernet to the new PS3 if you could and then do a back-up/restore to get the 500 GB hard drive in there.


thanks for the info. it seems impractical. the only reason that i have a new ps3 is because the old one broke. ps3 yloded. i reflowed and deactivated my accounts. but i didnt transfer my saves. a few days later, it ylod again. that was six months ago. so i missed getting a new ps3 by six months? ha.

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#2418 Hell Monkey

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Posted 09 December 2010 - 04:54 PM

Would either of these hard drives work for a PS3?

This one or this one?

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 04:57 PM

Would either of these hard drives work for a PS3?

This one or this one?


They should both work just fine. Personally I like Seagate.

Personally though I'd say go with a 500GB Seagate Momentus XT, which is a hybrid drive, 500GB/7200RPM/32MB/4GB, versus those drives which are 250GB/5400RPM/8MB...though the ones you listed are as good or better than what the things probably ship with. The 500GB version is like $120 I think at Amazon.

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#2420 Hell Monkey

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 04:59 PM

I actually got a 320GB for $55 at Best Buy. Got 10% off then had $40 in reward zone certificates. So spend $10.

(They also forgot to give me the 10% off so had to process it through again, which I guess backed out my reward certificatse. So the next day I had $40 in RZ certs pop back into my account, which I then promptly spent again)

#2421 intoxicated662

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Posted 16 December 2010 - 12:06 AM

any way to see your PSN friend list online? to see who is online/offline and all that good stuff. I've tried different playstation website logins and none work for me. I'm on a Mac computer and everytime I login it just acts like it is loading then doesn't and asks me to sign in again.

#2422 eldergamer

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 05:31 PM

This has probably been answered. But if I plug a usb drive in to play video files. What video file extensions work? Just .avi?

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#2423 Hell Monkey

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 07:22 PM

This has probably been answered. But if I plug a usb drive in to play video files. What video file extensions work? Just .avi?


avi and MP4 should both work.


So I was trying to figure out that whine that came from my PS3 yet again. (I wear a headset when playing so it doesn't bother me, but my wife and kids shut doors to sleep since I play at night).

I finally figuredo ut my used PS3 is part of this issue as it falls within those serial #'s. Is there any fix or do I have to send it back to Sony pay an assload and hope I get a working 60gb back?

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 03:45 PM

This has probably been answered. But if I plug a usb drive in to play video files. What video file extensions work? Just .avi?

codecs are important though. I think I've gotten some mpgs to work (I forget) but I know i've had some avis work and some fail. same with .wmv (you have to enable it in settings)

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#2425 token2k6

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 01:00 AM

Well, it's with a heavy heart that I have to say that my launch unit 60gb phat died on me the other day, YLOD after only being on for 10 minutes. Tried all the 'tricks' you can google, and nothing worked, so looked up a local repair guy. Seemed legit, so I dropped it off yesterday, he said he'd have it ready by today, but at 6pm told me it cannot be fixed. I guess he had it going for about 2 hours then it died again. At least he's honest! he claims he doesn't charge if it doesn't work, but I'm still going to throw him $40 for at least getting the game out of the console.

This post is mainly b/c I have 2 questions. Obviously I am going to buy a new console (as soon as tomorrow) and was wondering a) can i just take my 500gb HDD out of the dead unit, put it inside the new slim and not really have to do anything? Or will I have to format it and let it partition no mater what? b) what is it like to recover a PSN Account? pretty simple?

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#2426 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 10:15 AM

You'll want to deactivate your accounts on your old PS3 and maybe transfer non-locked saves to a USB drive. Then you should just be able to log in on the new PS3 and re-activate the accounts so you don't lose a device slot to the old system.

The old hard drive would just be reformatted in the new PS3, so you'll have to start from fresh and redownload your stuff again. If you just want the 500 GB hard drive in the new system anyway, you can just plug it in and start from there.

#2427 token2k6

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 03:28 PM

You'll want to deactivate your accounts on your old PS3 and maybe transfer non-locked saves to a USB drive. Then you should just be able to log in on the new PS3 and re-activate the accounts so you don't lose a device slot to the old system.

The old hard drive would just be reformatted in the new PS3, so you'll have to start from fresh and redownload your stuff again. If you just want the 500 GB hard drive in the new system anyway, you can just plug it in and start from there.


thanks Frisky, you're the best! First, about deactivating (and I haven't done too much googling) but if the system is dead, won't boot, do I do it thru a webpage? I definitely don't want to lose a lot for my 5 systems..edit: just been searching, seems you're SOL if your console won't work? calling Sony, they just say 'too bad' I read this on a post on the PS BlogShare..please don't let this be true!
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#2428 dennisb407

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Posted 26 December 2010 - 04:31 AM

My 60GB just got the blinking red light sydrome this past Thursday :(

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#2429 Hell Monkey

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Posted 27 December 2010 - 05:29 PM

If a 60gb dies either with YLOD or RLOD, can Sony fix it if you send it back (and pay the $150 or whatever)?

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Posted 27 December 2010 - 05:39 PM

they'll send you another refurb for 150 or so, and it only has 3 month warranty and will die as well. They'll also send you a slim for 150 + your old broken ylod ps3, which is your best bet.