120GB PS3 Expansion Pack for £46.40

Including VAT! Bargain!

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120GB PS3 Expansion Pack for £46.40
What with all the hoo-hah this week about Microsoft’s all-singing, all-prancing new Elite Xbox 360 model, SPOnG decided to do a little bit of research into expanding the capacity of our shiny new PS3’s hard drive.

What we found out was a rather pleasant surprise, as one can pick up a PS3-compatible 120 GB Fujitsu drive from Scan Computers online for a measly £46.40, including value added tax. Now that’s what we call a bargain!

So, how easy would it be for your standard “tech-tard” to fit one of these?

SPOnG’s resident "tech-spert" (sorry!), Gavin informs us that it’s fairly simple, as there are clear instructions in the PS3 manual.

“You merely pop the PS3’s cover, unscrew a screw, pull to one side and slide out the current hard drive. You then unscrew 4 screws, take the cradle and put in the new drive, screw the 4 screws back on and pop the cover back on. Job done.” Gavin informs us.

This will NOT void your PS3's warranty, providing you don't damage anything when fitting it by being cack-handed. For a full pictorial guide you can check pages 16-18 off the official PS3 manual, which clearly states that only "Improper removal or installation...may void your PS3 hardware warranty."

However, it will give you a whopping great 120GB's of memory to store more games, movies, photos and music than you can shake a stick at.
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Comments

Joji 29 Mar 2007 13:33
1/6
That's good for PS3 owners, but I only see hardcore folk trying this, especially after all that money spent. This could be classed as a console mod, even though its just the hard drive. Will Sony now chastise everyone, with fire and brimstone, I wonder?
tyrion 29 Mar 2007 13:37
2/6
Joji wrote:
Will Sony now chastise everyone, with fire and brimstone, I wonder?

They're hardly going to kick up a fuss when they are telling you how to do it in the manual that comes with the PS3.
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sneakyduck 29 Mar 2007 15:48
3/6
I'd be careful with Scan - they have a real problem distinguishing between "retail" and "OEM". If you care about buffer size pester them like crazy. They sent me 3 OEM Samsung Combo drives (back when they were the dogs ... ) and they screwed each order up. Can't argue with that price mind.
Joji 29 Mar 2007 17:34
4/6
Well I don't know Tyrion, you never know with Sony. One minute you can't open your PS2 to mod it, and now you can open up your PS3 to do so.

Decide and make up your mind, Sony.

Perhaps they'll want you, to take it to Game or something to change drives.
tyrion 29 Mar 2007 17:58
5/6
Joji wrote:
Well I don't know Tyrion, you never know with Sony. One minute you can't open your PS2 to mod it, and now you can open up your PS3 to do so.

You don't have to open the PS3 up, it's like the hard drive bay in the original fat PS2, which you could put a hard drive into by yourself, no problem. The only restriction was you had to have the correct adapter for it. In this case, the adapter comes with the console, actually it's more of a drive caddy than an adapter, but whatever.

Joji wrote:
Perhaps they'll want you, to take it to Game or something to change drives.

If they did then the manual, that you as a customer get, would not have pictures of how to replace the hard drive, it would have a note saying "take it to a Sony approved shop".

You're making things up to support your argument, there is no issue with replacing the hard drive in the PS3 yourself, get over it.
seraj 10 Dec 2007 18:27
6/6
when ps3 120gb coming out
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