Help with ps3 hard drive

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#1 Posted by natenation87 (264 posts) -

Hey,

Just wanted to double check that these three hard drives are fine for the ps3? Why does the first say 1.5gb/s but the other two say 3gb/s? Also, what's the difference between SATA and SATA II?

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/320GB-SATA-2-5-HDD-5400rpm-NEW-Laptops-PS3-Upgrade-/300363667964?pt=AU_Laptop_Accessories&hash=item45ef11d9fc

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/320GB-2-5-SATA-Laptop-Internal-HDD-Hard-Disk-Drive-PS3-/220620563616?pt=AU_HardDrives&hash=item335e02a4a0

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/WD-2-5-320GB-SATA-II-Laptop-PS3-Hard-Disk-Drive-HDD-HD-/251182273936?pt=AU_HardDrives&hash=item3a7ba15590

Thanks :)

#2 Posted by Canvas_Of_Flesh (4052 posts) -
Sata II is just the second generation interface for the Serial ATA drives. The Gb/s notation is the data transfer rate, higher is better. Any one of those drives will work fine.
#3 Posted by natenation87 (264 posts) -
Thanks. Why is the first one 1.5gb and the second 3gb, when they're both the same hard drive? Also, I read that even if you put a 3gb/s one in the the ps3, it will still limit it to 1.5gb. Is that true? Heard of some people having trouble getting the 3gb one to work as well.
#4 Posted by Canvas_Of_Flesh (4052 posts) -
Thanks. Why is the first one 1.5gb and the second 3gb, when they're both the same hard drive? Also, I read that even if you put a 3gb/s one in the the ps3, it will still limit it to 1.5gb. Is that true? Heard of some people having trouble getting the 3gb one to work as well. natenation87
The 3 Gb/s hard drive has a data transfer speed up to that amount, but it is still limited by the device. I think I've read something somewhere that said the PS3 is limited to 1.5 Gb/s, but even if you use the 3 Gb/s it would just downgrade the speed. Your best option is just to go with the cheapest. However, I would suggest looking for a 500GB HDD. You should be able to find one for around the same price as the 320GB drives.
#5 Posted by MondasM (1380 posts) -
sata drives are backwards compatible, manufacturers just do not produce drives with older technologies after a certain time point, however the drives are being produced backwards compatible because given enough time / strain every device fails... :)