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CAN the PS3 Slim HDD be replaced? And how do I open it?

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    CAN the PS3 Slim HDD be replaced? And how do I open it?

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    You should totally use google... one of the first results is this video.


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    Thanks, Doom

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoomHorror View Post
    You should totally use google... one of the first results is this video.

    It's so ironic that the OP's name is "Google" xD

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaoskauser View Post
    It's so ironic that the OP's name is "Google" xD
    What's also ironic is, in he's other thread, http://www.ps3trophies.com/forums/ge...s3-memory.html, which every PS3 has the same amount of memory, 512MB. Memory does not equal hard drive space. Which could be easily found out by using,


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    Quote Originally Posted by stevencrowson View Post
    What's also ironic is, in he's other thread, http://www.ps3trophies.com/forums/ge...s3-memory.html, which every PS3 has the same amount of memory, 512MB. Memory does not equal hard drive space. Which could be easily found out by using,
    I actually didn't know it only had 512 Mb's of RAM though. Seems like it should have more for some reason. I know unlike a PC it's mostly dedicated to video and not so much to background processes so I guess it does make sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaoskauser View Post
    I actually didn't know it only had 512 Mb's of RAM though. Seems like it should have more for some reason. I know unlike a PC it's mostly dedicated to video and not so much to background processes so I guess it does make sense.
    Yep, 256MB for system & 256MB for video=512MB of memory


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    Quote Originally Posted by stevencrowson View Post
    Yep, 256MB for system & 256MB for video=512MB of memory
    The more you know!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevencrowson View Post
    What's also ironic is, in he's other thread, http://www.ps3trophies.com/forums/ge...s3-memory.html, which every PS3 has the same amount of memory, 512MB. Memory does not equal hard drive space. Which could be easily found out by using,
    Not to come off like a jerk, but many people who aren't tech savvy just use the term "memory". You understood what he meant, so I don't see why you should be condescending about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonJonXD View Post
    Not to come off like a jerk, but many people who aren't tech savvy just use the term "memory". You understood what he meant, so I don't see why you should be condescending about it.
    I'm not being condescending, I'm just informing, for those who don't know. It's no different than if someone asked how much you weighed & you told them how tall you are. And just using the term "memory", when talking of hard drive space, is just being wrong. No matter how you look at it or what your argument may be, it's using the word incorrectly.


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    That would actually be pretty cool if you could upgrade the memory to reduce load times. Hopefully, they will make more aspects of the next system upgradeable. I would so do it. Games like Splatterhouse have ridiculous load times. I would love for it to be a smooth transition.

    I know, I know. Of topic. You guys got me thinking though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by prarpin View Post
    That would actually be pretty cool if you could upgrade the memory to reduce load times. Hopefully, they will make more aspects of the next system upgradeable. I would so do it. Games like Splatterhouse have ridiculous load times. I would love for it to be a smooth transition.

    I know, I know. Of topic. You guys got me thinking though.
    Get a 7200 rpm hdd, the loading will go much faster. However it will also be noisier and without proper ventilation your PS3 may overheat with it.

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    Would using coper shims on the heat sinks help? I hear it helps with overheating because it dissipates the heat better than thermal paste alone. Yea, I have the old fat 60GB model that is due for a HDD replacement anyways. Do you have any suggestions on how to prevent overheating? I'm more than capable of taking my PS3 apart as well as doing any preventative maintenance on it.


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    There are a number of things you can do. If you google it there are many different guides.

    Also, as for the hard drive speed and heat, you really have to research each drive specifically. Though it's been a few years and I would like to think that current 7200RPM drives run as hot, if not cooler, than that generation of 5400RPM drives, I would just play it safe and stick with a 5400RPM drive for your 60GB.

    However, you could always research the specific models that were typically used in the 60GB (you could even just yank out yours and check it) and compare it's temps to current generations hard drives.

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