WD 500GB Portable SATA Hard Drive - OEM - Blue
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Swopped it in no problem in no time to be honest. Now I'm no techy and looked at masses of advice on internet on how to do this, some scary with firmware updates etc etc and others easier to follow. What did I do......Well it does seem thats it an easier process for the old original ps3's (called PHAT ones) than the current crop of slimline ones. This is what I did (and it worked with no hitches):
1. Made sure latest firmware (version) was on ps3
2. Made sure I had synced all my trophies
3. Inserted a USB stick (32GB Cruzer) and used the backup facility in setting to transfer all game data onto USB (it took 2 hrs! - so its a slow process for a full backup). You can do specific games using copy facility under each game info if you want instead.
4. You don't have to backup, but you will lose all your game saves (but NOT trophies as these are on your PSN account, or your passwords and network connections - so dont worry)
5. Switched it all off and removed old HDD from side of machine (on left). Just WATCH those screws - they easy to round a head so do it carefully. You will have 5 screws to undo (blue and 4 for case that holds HDD).
6. Popped new HDD in, re did all screws back etc and plugged machine in and turned on.
7. Basically the machine did the rest!
8. Go back into setting and backup and click restore with the USB inserted to restore your game saves.
9. To clarify - I did NOT need to worry about reinstalling the latest firmware (which you have to do on the slim and slimline versions)
Thats it - re synced trophies and away I went!
The above is the laymen's version of replacing the drive - if you experience problems then I can't help, i'd have no idea.
I had 465GB of the 500GB HDD available after installing. I'm well pleased.
The HDD seems to work no differently from the one that was in it (Seagate 40GB) - still clicks and whirs but I'm used to that! Its 7 yrs old! lol
Hope thats useful - would I recommend YES! (well for the original PS3's anyways). Much cheaper than buying a new machine just for more memory!
Ideal as a replacement drive and the price is quite reasonable.
However on testing the Hitachi 7K1000 2.5" 7200rpm drive edges it out for pure speed (this ia a 5400rpm drive) The Hitachi has a bigger 32mb buffer and faster spindle speed yet still very quiet. I've no complaints with the WD500 though it's very decent and satisfactory for both laptops and quieter desktop pc's.
I would however steer folks towards the 7K1000 if it's their main boot drive and they want improved performance. The Western Digital is no slouch though and very respectable in it's own right. I've not yet tried the latest model so can't really say if there are any enhancements on that side of things. As it is a decent drive that's well worth looking at.
Will update the review should any notable issues/concerns arise so far so good though (I'm running a number of these and have done for a while)
Capacity to price ratio
Did not last long as expected as I am no longer using it
Please also bear in mind that if you are doing an upgrade that you may need to update your laptops Sata drivers otherwise system errors may occur, they should be installed before drive copy over begins because some older types have slower specifications using earlier drivers.
Those errors may include chkdisk problems, Windows updater problems due to data reading issues, this has nothing to do with this particular drive but just another of those updates needed to be done.
So far the hard drive works well and quiet. If anything changes I shall update my review.
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It still works fine with 0 bad sectors after 2 years of use.
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