Since I see in so many places people moaning about PS3's game instal (most of the moaners dont even have a PS3), just to check if you guys have issues on this.
1. Make sure you have an external HDD ready (formatted in FAT32)
2. Prepare proper screwdrivers (sharper the better). Those screws are machine-tight!
3. Prepare the latest PS3 firmware file (PS3UPDAT.PUP) because you'll need it for the first installation. Put it into a USB thumb drive or external HDD. Again, must be FAT32!
4. Backup using the Data Backup utility to the external HDD.
5. Replace the HDD
6. After replacing, plug in the USB disk or HDD that contains the firmware and press SELECT+START
7. Then, hold START for 5 seconds to confirm formatting the new drive.
8. Run the data restore utility to restore all the settings, game data, game saves (some games cannot be backed-up) that you have backed-up earlier.
9. Done. Enjoy your gaming on the new HDD.
10. If you have any games downloaded from the Playstation Network, you need to reactivate them again. (No need to redownload and install). Go to your Download History under the Account Management settings in your PSN menu, select the game that you have downloaded earlier, press DOWNLOAD. You will see the screen which says "Activating, please wait...". Once this is done, the download screen will pop up. In this step, you can just skip it because all you want to do is to activate the game. If you don't activate the game after restoring them from the backup drive, you will receive an error saying that the "Copy-protection information is invalid"
Even so, theoritically 7200rpm drives are hotter and obviously spins faster as well, and common sense would tell you that means it'll also fail faster.
In real-life conditions, that's not the way it is.
There are many other considerations to take note of. Like how the HDD is built, how many platter design, how the actuator head parks... and so on.
But all that said and done, 7200rpm drives are quite a bit more expensive than their 5400rpm counterparts.
So it definitely isn't worth the extra money for a mere 2-5 seconds of loading time decreament (considering the game installs data on the HDD that is).
You will need a USB storage with the latest PS3 firmware in ROOT/PS3/UPDATE , at least 8bg. (if that you dont have, stop playing ps3 and buy a DS)
1. Synch all of the trophies. All accounts. You need to be online to do this.
2. Back up all your Photos, music and movies, either batch by batch to your PC OR delete them all.
3. Delete the game utilities instals.
4. Delete the PSN games.
5. Now you should have very minimal data, go to System Settings
6. Go to Utilities -- backup utilities
7. Insert your FAT32 formatted USB storage.
8. Choose BACKUP ALL DATA (or something like that)
9. Wait for it to finish. Once finished, take out the HDD and put the new one.
10.Once powered up, the PS3 will prompt you to format the HDD or not. If you choose NO, GTFO.
11.The after that, PS3 will ask you to put the USB storage with the latest firmare, so slam the sucker in the slot.
12.Firmware updating, and for God's sake, please wait for it to be finished.
13.After the process, the system will restart.
14.Go to Utilies, restore, and select restore. RESTORE ALL DATA.
15.Then the PS3 will have all the save data with the multiple accounts inside.
16.Redownload back the patches and the updates as well as the PSN games. Trophies? Synch them back to reobtain them.
This is MY GUIDE, and its working well for me. You guys may take this as a refference.
Gamers with big ass HDD USB storage can skip step 2 to 4 and step 16.
This post has been edited by snipersnake: Nov 7 2010, 11:11 PM