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PS3 HDD Upgrade Question

#1 fearlubu   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   134 Posts   Joined 6.3 Years Ago  

Posted 16 May 2013 - 08:03 PM

So I've been looking to upgrade my ps3's HDD, but there seems to be many HDDs that has problems (at least for the ps3). I'm currently looking at this:

http://www.amazon.co...l scorpio black

What do you guys think? Have you heard any problems from this model? What would you recommend?
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#2 sgand  

Posted 16 May 2013 - 08:10 PM

Looks fine, but lots of people would argue that going above 5400rpm isn't beneficial. Personally, I've been looking at a 5400 1tb for $70 at newegg.


#3 Nogib   *squeezing* the *juice* CAGiversary!   1455 Posts   Joined 14.2 Years Ago  

Posted 16 May 2013 - 08:18 PM

Yeah, the PS3 maxes out at around 12-15MB/s for read/write operations so it doesn't matter what kind of HDD (or even SDD) you put into it, the middling I/O bus is the limiting factor. That is why 5400rpm drives are recommended. Plus they run cooler than 7200rpm drives.
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#4 mike568   CAG in Training CAGiversary!   286 Posts   Joined 5.3 Years Ago  

Posted 16 May 2013 - 09:12 PM

I put the WDBABC0010BNC-NRSN in my PS3 back in January and works at the same speed as the factory one.

#5 eLefAdEr   All Systems Go CAGiversary!   1448 Posts   Joined 7.9 Years Ago  

Posted 16 May 2013 - 09:25 PM

I'm running a 7200rpm Seagate 320gb in my slim PS3 right now and if there is any speed benefit over 5400rpm, I'm not really noticing.

I don't know if the extra rpm over the stock 5400 contributed towards making the online co-op for Syndicate unplayable for me, but that's what I blamed. My next upgrade will be a WD7500BVT @ 5400rpm, have it in-hand but haven't installed it yet.

Newegg or Amazon will often have the best price.


#6 fearlubu   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   134 Posts   Joined 6.3 Years Ago  

Posted 17 May 2013 - 12:13 AM

while 7200 does cut down on load times/installs/etc, its not by much. it also generates more heat, but i hear they fixed the overheating problem.

I'm more worried about these things i hear from the WD blue series and the seagate momentus series (stuttering, audio, bluray playback, game save problems).
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#7 shrike4242   Not My Job Anymore, Go Bother Someone Else. CAGiversary!   49865 Posts   Joined 13.5 Years Ago  

Posted 20 May 2013 - 05:46 PM


7200rpm drives back when the PS3 came out were a completely different animal than drives today.

The 7200rpm WD Scorpio Black generates 1W more power than the 5400rpm WD Scorpio Blue, and the temperature difference is negligible between the two drives.

The stigma of "7200rpm drives will overheat my PS3" is pretty much a dead issue these days.

I've had a 750GB WB Scorpio Black in my CECH-3001 Slim PS3 for almost 8 months and I've not seen any issues with heat. I have seen quicker access on loading games and other disc-based work on the system.

The Scorpio Black is pretty much top of the heap for 7200rpm 2.5" HDDs, so it should be a difference between that drive and other drives, especially 5400rpm drives.

I own numerous Black drives (4 in a HTPC, 2 750GB and 2 500GB), 1 in a laptop at home (750GB), 1 in my PS3 (750GB) and two 320GB drives as external drives. Some are as old as 3 years and they've all worked fantastic. I also have a couple Blue drives and they all continue to work without issue.

If you're worried about head, get a Scorpio Blue. If you'd like a little more speed (and it's not night and day, though I think it's noticeable), get a Scorpio Black.

#8 Ionotropic   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1810 Posts   Joined 9.6 Years Ago  

Posted 27 May 2013 - 06:26 AM

I put this HGST Travelstar 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD in two PS3's. So far working great.


They are making a 1.5 TB 5400 RPM version this summer, I believe.


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#9 qcjoe   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   143 Posts   Joined 10.3 Years Ago  

Posted 08 June 2013 - 05:45 PM

Is it as simple as pulling the old one out and putting a new one in?

#10 IronChariot   In My Country There Is Problem CAGiversary!   2939 Posts   Joined 9.1 Years Ago  


Posted 08 June 2013 - 06:34 PM

Is it as simple as pulling the old one out and putting a new one in?


There's a bit more to it, but not much. You're going to want some sort of flash drive with FAT32 formatting to transfer the latest PS3 update to your new hard drive once you insert it. I have a WD Black and it's worked great so far.

#11 deadpool 3.0   Casual Gamer CAGiversary!   7086 Posts   Joined 11.3 Years Ago  

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 08:23 PM

I ended up buying this hdd. I bought it used.

I just worry it might screw up on me someday or something of that sort.

Seagate Momentus 5400 500GB 5400RPM SATA 3Gb/s 8MB Cache 2.5 Inch Internal NB Hard Drive ST9500325AS-Bare Drive