I am a hooked gamer. I play any type of game and am signed up to the Playstation Plus service which provides monthly 'free' downloads. The only problem with the 'instant game collection' as Sony call it is that the hard disk drive (HDD) of a playstation soon fills up if you are dropping on 15Gb downloads as many of these full games are. I guess a Blu-Ray disk holds a substantial amount of information. My Playstation 3 was the 120Gb HDD model and for three and a half years now I have resisted the temptation to upgrade. I don't know if I resisted out of a desire to be thrifty or out of the fear of taking to pieces my beloved gaming system in what could turn into a ham-fisted and expensive mistake if I didn't get it right.
First, let me lay to rest some fears if anybody is thinking of doing the same. The actual process of upgrading the HDD is relatively simple. Online guides including many on YouTube will talk you through the process. The only important thing is to make sure you have the latest firmware on a memory stick ready to reinitiate the new HDD. My understanding was that if I did a backup onto an external HDD then I would be able to bring back everything and it would be like nothing had changed except the size of the HDD. This isn't true. Nearly all game saves have a lock that stops them being reinstalled following a backup. What this means is that your backup is pretty certain to refuse to install onto the new HDD. You will get an obscure error message and that will only be understood when you put it into Google and find out that your lovingly made backup will not under any circumstance install to a new HDD. This was made doubly frustrating when I had deleted loads of content from my external HDD in order to create space for the backup!
So, ignore backup as it doesn't work and accept you will start from scratch.
This HDD was purchased from Amazon and cost my just under eighty pounds including delivery. The box arrived well packaged and the HDD took minutes to actually install (once I had accepted the lack of a possibility of backing up). The HDD is remarkably quiet in operation and also far cooler than the original HDD that I removed. In fact, having installed it I lined up a host of Internet downloads that on my relatively slow 3Mb connection took many days. Over those days the playstation was on continually but was more or less silent and never generated anything like the heat that it used to with the original HDD.
The HDD read and write speeds is fine for gaming use and the storage capacity is great if you are downloading a lot of modern game content. After a couple of weeks I have approximately half of the disk full. This is with all my old games installed and leaves me plenty of space to see out the lifespan of this current generation of games consoles.