PS3 hard disk upgrades are easy to do, at least that was what was mentioned in the comments of our recent ‘new PS3 160GB’ post — with that in mind I thought I would go out and do a little research on this subject to see just what is involved.
I was pleasantly surprised to see just how simple Sony have made the process of replacing a corrupted hard disk and also that of upgrading your PS3 hard disk to a larger capacity — which in turn means you don’t have to go out and buy a new PS3 to replace your smaller hard disk model.
This also opens up the possibility of getting a cheaper PS3 if you’re currently considering buying one — for instance, the cost of a PS3 40GB and a separate hard disk (which could possibly be larger than the current largest standard capacity of 160GB) could be less than that of a new larger capacity PS3.
The PS3 will take 2.5″ hard disks of either 5400rpm or 7200rpm, the drive being used in this example is a Seagate 160GB (5400rpm). However, you can now get a compatible Western Digital Scorpio 320GB hard disk for less than £50!
Anyway, just take a look at this instructional video on how to upgrade a PS3 hard disk — it really is far simpler than I thought it would be, you don’t even need to have experience of building PCs like I have!
What do you think to this? Could you manage to do a PS3 hard disk upgrade? Do you think it’s a better option, especially with high definition video services potentially coming along in the future?