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How do these HDDs work for the PS3?

#1HakuMan111386Posted 3/10/2013 2:07:58 PM
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B004LR1RPK/sr=8-2/qid=1362949568/ref=olp_tab_all?ie=UTF8&colid=&coliid=&me=&qid=1362949568&seller=&sr=8-2
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#2HakuMan111386(Topic Creator)Posted 3/11/2013 7:30:25 PM
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#3beebarbPosted 3/11/2013 7:45:22 PM
Well, if I were you I would go for a 5400 RPM disk or an SSD, as the additional heat generated by a 7200 or 10000 RPM traditional disk isn't worth the minor speed increase.

Also, research the physical height of the disk, it has to be at most 9.5mm, any larger and it won't fit in the drive bay.

Other than that, Western Digital is a good brand.
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#4HakuMan111386(Topic Creator)Posted 3/12/2013 3:23:11 AM(edited)
beebarb posted...
Well, if I were you I would go for a 5400 RPM disk or an SSD, as the additional heat generated by a 7200 or 10000 RPM traditional disk isn't worth the minor speed increase.

Also, research the physical height of the disk, it has to be at most 9.5mm, any larger and it won't fit in the drive bay.

Other than that, Western Digital is a good brand.


I'm confused. What is RPM? I don't know anything about the physical height of a HDD disk.

How's this one?:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B004LR1RPK/sr=8-2/qid=1362949568/ref=olp_tab_all?ie=UTF8&colid=&coliid=&me=&qid=1362949568&seller=&sr=8-2
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#5kingofall214Posted 3/12/2013 3:26:19 AM
It has to be a 2.5 inch sata hard drive to fit in the ps3. RPM is Rounds per minute. More RPM the faster data is loaded onto and off of the hard drive.

Ether get a regular 2.5 Hard drive with 5400 RPM or get a Solid State Drive if you want a speed boost. Solid State Drives don't hold as much memory though and are more expensive.
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#6kingofall214Posted 3/12/2013 3:27:24 AM
HakuMan111386 posted...
beebarb posted...
Well, if I were you I would go for a 5400 RPM disk or an SSD, as the additional heat generated by a 7200 or 10000 RPM traditional disk isn't worth the minor speed increase.

Also, research the physical height of the disk, it has to be at most 9.5mm, any larger and it won't fit in the drive bay.

Other than that, Western Digital is a good brand.


I'm confused. What is RPM? I don't know anything about the physical height of a HDD disk.

How's this one?:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B004LR1RPK/sr=8-2/qid=1362949568/ref=olp_tab_all?ie=UTF8&colid=&coliid=&me=&qid=1362949568&seller=&sr=8-2


This one is fine.
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#7kingofall214Posted 3/12/2013 3:39:18 AM(edited)
beebarb posted...
Well, if I were you I would go for a 5400 RPM disk or an SSD, as the additional heat generated by a 7200 or 10000 RPM traditional disk isn't worth the minor speed increase.

Also, research the physical height of the disk, it has to be at most 9.5mm, any larger and it won't fit in the drive bay.

Other than that, Western Digital is a good brand.


Do they measure hard drive sizes with the metric system where you are from? I think both you and TC are confusing each other because of it. Both links TC posted will work. They are measured in inches.

Edit - I see what you are saying. I didn't know about that.
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#8HakuMan111386(Topic Creator)Posted 3/12/2013 3:40:07 AM
So the second one I linked to is fine?
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#9beebarbPosted 3/12/2013 5:41:33 AM(edited)
HakuMan111386 posted...
So the second one I linked to is fine?


You didn't really link to a "second one" you just reposted the same Amazon link.

So I don't know what you are referring to. Technically, the drive you double-linked to will work, but it is not recommended (see point 1.).

I recommend the Western Digital "Scorpio Blue" WD5000BPVT which is better suited to the PS3. Link to drive specifications:

http://www.wdc.com/global/products/specs/?driveID=803&language=1

Amazon link:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B007W4FM14/ref=dp_olp_all_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=all

NOTE: I may be repeating myself a bit here, but if I don't the reason for my recommendation may not be clear.

1. The drive that comes with the PS3 is a traditional hard disk that has a rotational speed of 5,400 RPM, so that is what the system's cooling fans are designed to handle. A faster drive (a 7,200 or 10,000 RPM drive) will cause the system to run hotter.

@kingofall214

RPM actually stands for Revolutions Per Minute, not rounds per minute.

Regardless of where you live, the primary measurement of the drive is usually measured using the imperial system. The height however, is usually measured with the metric system.

This is because the measurements need to be accurate, yet still easy to read for the average person. 9.5mm is 0.3740157480319" (not easy to read is it?).
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#10NicodimusPosted 3/12/2013 5:43:21 AM
I'm surprised people are still worried about the 7200rpm drives. People have had them in their systems for what, 6 or 7 years now without overheating problems? The main reason to go with one is the larger cache, anyway, but it doesn't make a huge impact. For people who hate loading times as much as I do, they will appreciate the extra few seconds of not waiting between areas in a game.

Good reading:

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-ps3-hard-drive-upgrade-guide
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