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Seagate Momentus 500GB PS3 Upgrade,
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When it comes down to it there are basically two "budget" manufacturers to chose from when replacing your PS3's HDD, Western Digital and Seagate. Performance and reliability wise there is literally nothing between them, both have their share of "bad batches", but then the life span of ANY HDD is basically an unknown quantity.
My advice when selecting a replacement HDD is to first have a look at the one already in your system and buy a direct upgrade to that make and model (Sony have used a few different manufacturers).
The write speed used is generally 5400rpm and frankly going for 7200rpm will make no discernible difference and could in fact be detrimental to performance, but it is a personal choice, as is the storage capacity.
Replacing your HDD is a fairly straight forward operation, although some systems have a slight problem with over tightened and "soft" caddy screws (the small Philips head screws that hold the HDD into the PS3's caddy). Be sure to use an appropriate sized screwdriver for the job. If you strip the heads of the screws you'll still be able to remove them with careful plier work, but it's best not to get yourself into that situation in the first place. Remember not to over tighten when replacing them.
Make sure to back up your content on an external HDD using the systems back up data utility (be prepared for a wait, It took me an evening to transfer 60GB).
I have found the Seagate Momentus 500GB 5400RPM to be:
- Great value for money
- Ample storage
- Reliable (fingers crossed)
All in all, a worthwhile upgrade.