I bought this hard drive only for about £40 two years ago. I did this as I had the 40GB Playstation 3 which I quickly used up the hard drive space of mainly from all of the demos I liked to have on the system. I soon found that 40GB wasn't enough for me and that I needed a higher capacity drive.
If you, too, are looking to buy a hard drive as a PS3 upgrade. You must get one to these specifications:
- Capacity > 60GB (This is not actually a "must" but I really recommend something bigger than 60GB).
- 2.5" (If you don't get the 2.5" drives, they will not fit in).
- SATA II or SATA 3.0 (They are the same thing, just different names, SATA III is NOT SATA 3.0!)
- 5400rpm (7200rpm is also apparently compatible but I would go with 5400rpm just to be sure as this is what the original PS3 hard drives are).
This hard drive satisfies all of these conditions are therefore is why I got it for my system upgrade.
The hard drive itself will appear no different to any other before installation. It looks the same, feels the same and gets installed in exactly the same way as any other hard drive from any other brand. Therefore, I will skip to performance.
As I used this to upgrade, I will compare this with the original PS3 hard drive's performance. As soon as I installed it, I could notice an increase in speeds for loading. Don't get me wrong, this increase is very modest and you will only really notice it if you are actually looking for it, however, in my case at least, it was definitely there. This could just indicate poor Sony hard drives although I see this as unlikely.
The biggest downside to this hard drive is that it is pretty noisy. It makes one of them noises that once you notice it, then you will not be able to un-notice it. If I play in the day with my TV on normal sound, I will not notice the hard drive as, in comparison, it is far quieter. However, if I play first thing in the morning and have the TV on quieter to avoid waking other people in the house, the hard drive noises will be the most prominent sound in the room.
I have had this hard drive for about 2 years now with no issues whatsoever and therefore I cannot fault its reliability in the slightest, however only time will tell.