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5.0 out of 5 stars Great PS3 hard drive upgrade, 9 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Samsung M8 1TB 2.5" 9.5mm SATA 6Gps Internal Hard Drive -PS3/PS4 Compatible (Personal Computers)
I got this to upgrade my PS3 and it works great. (I had originally put the web address in but Amazon have removed it , sorry)

I have now been able to upgrade my PS3 slim to a 1TB drive

You need to back up your PS3 if you want to keep any of your downloaded games and save data.For this you will need a FAT32 formatted external hard drive I used this one,BIPRA 320Gb 320 GB 2.5 inch External Hard Drive Portable USB 2.0 - BLUE - FAT32 but you might get away with a smaller one depending on how much is on your PS3 already. It took roughly 4 hours to back up and then restore the PS3 data onto a FAT32 formatted drive, but only about 10 minutes to change the drives.

I also brought this FreeLogix - SATA 2.5" USB 2.0 External Hard Drive Disk Case Enclosure - Black (Free travel case included) to put the old drive into once I had removed it. This case came with a little screwdriver that perfectly fit the screws in the PS3 hard drive caddy which was an unexpected bonus.

It is worth noting that very few guides mention that you need to download a copy of the most recent PS3 firmware update from a pc onto a USB stick (this can be found on the uk playstation site. Download the update then on your USB make a folder called PS3 then inside this another one called UPDATE and put your firmware file in there. Before I did anything else I double checked I had copied the files correctly by scrolling to the system update section on the xmb bar and asked it to update using external media- when it told me it was the same as the current version, I knew it could read my USB. When you have changed the drives over you will get a message asking about firmware and at this point just plug in your USB and follow the instructions.

I had a slight moment of panic when I couldn't access my downloaded games but then I remembered to reactivate my account (There was no need to deactivate it before changing the drives) and all was fine - If you have several accounts like I do, you need to remember to reactivate them all.

The new Samsung hdd also seems to be quieter than the one I removed so another bonus as far as I'm concerned.

Ammendment 12th June 2013. Just to let you know I've had the drive installed now for over 3 months and there have been absolutely no problems at all. :-)
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