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Yes it will work, but you will need to download the PS3 firmware and put it on a USB stick for installation: To transfer the update data to your PlayStation 3, save the file to a PS3 compatible storage device such as Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, USB drive or PSP. Before starting, use your PC to create a folder named 'PS3' on ...


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This question explains the differences, so I won't go into that here. On your hard drive you have: game saves game updates system updates downloaded games/content/demos/apps profile information movies/music you've downloaded Xbox Live has your official profile information, which will be downloaded if you switch systems. Assuming you don't have any ...


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Yes, you can backup the drive, assuming you can get it to bootup and run without getting the yellow light. Sony's User Guide on backing up states:. Some types of backed up data can be restored on another PS3™ system. The types of data that can be restored on another system are as follows: Saved data from PlayStation®3 format software *1 ...


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A hard disk is responsible, but only in a few specific ways: Loading times. The time it takes to start the game, or load resources from disk (for example when entering a new map or region) are directly related to Hard Disk speed. If you've ever played on a machine with an SSD, you'll know all about this. Hard disk performance is the bottle neck here, so ...


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There are a couple of things to bear in mind when upgrading the PS3 hard disk. To be explicit: physical size; storage capacity; type. Physical size: The disk has to be a 2.5in laptop drive, and despite possible expectation, these are manufactured in slightly different sizes. Currently they come in 9mm and 12mm depths. The 12mm disk is too large to ...


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Digital Foundry put together a really good, in-depth comparison of the performance you can get out of different hard drive types (in particular, SSD vs traditional): PS3 Hard Drive Upgrade Guide In short, the SSD isn't as big of an improvement as you might expect, with some exceptions.


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From How to upgrade your PS3 internal hard drive: Things you will need Larger SATA notebook (2.5″) hard drive (hd), 5400rpm or 7400rpm. So unfortunately with your 3.5" hard drives you are out of luck - they won't fit into the PS3 and they are the wrong type (ATA vs. SATA). However, all is not lost. From the same site there's a post on How ...


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According to the Microsoft Store, the Data Transfer Cable will work with Xbox 360 and Xbox 360 S consoles. Note that it will do regular to regular and regular to S, but not S to S. As far as DLC licenses are concerned, there is an option in your accounts in the dashboard to transfer all of your licenses to the console you are on. It's in Guide > Settings > ...


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Different games have different requirements and therefore reveal different bottlenecks. Graphics: If you have low framerates and lowering the graphics settings returns you to high framerates, you may have a graphics bottleneck. If you do opt for a beefier graphics card, be sure your powersupply can handle it. CPU: If you can play the game in small ...


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Yes, that should have more than enough space for that. I've had my Xbox 360 for close to two and a half years, and after playing 100 or so games my profile takes up about 10MB. As for save games, I'm not sure how much space mine are taking but most save games are less than 1MB so there should be plenty of room for them as well. If you do need more room and ...


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The PS3's OS is not stored on the HDD, but the internal flash memory of the PS3. So switching a HDD will not do anything to the OS. So nothing is needed to be done, to get the PS3 up and running, after a HDD switch. The HDD only stores, Media files, save games, DLC etc. Related question


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Glitches are usually caused by bugs in a given game's code, causing unexpected behavior. Since installing a game to your hard drive doesn't actually modify the code in any way, I can't imagine that it would fix any glitches you have seen. It IS important, though, to download any updates for the game that are available, as such updates are frequently used ...


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You can't install games on external USB drives. Games will only run off of the internal hard drive. You can replace the internal hard drive. It will take any standard SATA 2.5" (laptop-sized) drive. The drive will be reformatted automatically. See How to upgrade your PS3 hard drive. I upgraded to a 1 TB drive. It took maybe ten minutes to do the swap, ...


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IF you mean an external drive or somehow hooking your PS3 to your PC no, you can't install games on an external drive like that. You can however use a laptop 2.5" HDD and replace the physical HDD inside the PS3 (you can backup and restore your current saves to keep all your stuff too). See this question for a bit more info on the HDD type you need Internal ...


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Nope, you can't. Every single PS3 hard drive is encrypted to it's own, personal, PS3. No two keys are the same, and that's not even taking into account the file structure required. You won't even be able to read the hard drive, let alone throw information onto it. Incidentally, what you're trying to do here is piracy. But even with legitimate data, what ...


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It is almost impossible to predict when a hard drive will go bad. I've had desktop hard drives that went bad after 9 months. I've also had some that are still working after 10 years (and I still have a Tandy even with a working hard drive!) Sometimes when a hard drive begins to fail it will perform very poorly and/or exhibit the "click of death." When ...


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Your achievements are tied to your gamertag, not the console, so there are a few ways to transfer everything over. If you have a hard drive on your old console and you're buying one of the older models, you can just pop it over to the new one and your achievements and saved games will be usable right away. If you are buying one of the newer consoles with ...


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You are correct that the older hard drives are not directly compatible with the newer models. They won't just plug in. Microsoft sells an official Xbox 360 Transfer Cable which will allow you to attach your old hard drive to a newer Xbox 360 model and move the data over. It can be purchased online from them, or a few other places. The full instructions to ...


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Same as for any case of usage, i.e. 7200 is faster than 5400. However there are 2 additional things to consider, 7200 generates more heat and noise. While second can cause discomfort, first shortens life of the HDD. Considering that PS3 is not really depends on drive speed in general, 5400 is generally preffered. Considering HDD buffer size it's again, same ...


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There is no possibility to install Diablo III without admin privileges. You have to connect your external hard drive to another machine where you have the required privileges and install the game from there. Afterwards you can switch back to the machine where you have no admin privileges and play the game from the external hard drive you installed it to. ...


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I don't know of any way of making the PS3 act like a server. It certainly doesn't support access via FTP, SAMBA or anything similar. You also cannot access data on the PS3's hard drive by plugging it into a PC. The hard drives are encrypted and the data format is not supported on PC. Not only can you not put the hard disk in a PC, you can't even put it ...


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No, you can't copy videos to the hard drive. The larger hard drive is meant for all sorts of things like downloaded content and videos from the marketplace, game demos, XBLA games, DLC, full installed games, etc.


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Provided you take good care of it you shouldn't see it fail for a very long time. In around 2 years working at a games store the only time we ever saw a hard drive come back was because someone had been rough with it or pulled the power out at an awkward moment. If you're concerned it might be useful to back up some save games to a memory card.


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If your Gamertag has been deleted, no one will be able to access any of your profile information (including payment information) or any of your downloaded games, as they are downloaded and are owned by that Gamertag. Honestly you're better off just wiping the drive completely.


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Even more important than the lack of physical space (which, like all problems, could be worked around with a long cable and some duct-tape) is the fact that the hard drive is ATA, not SATA. A 3.5" SATA Hard Drive certainly should "work" with the PS3, if you can figure out someplace to physically put it :)


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If you mean the Optional Media Update to play unprotected AAC format music files, you can add it to your download queue here: http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Optional-Media-Update/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802fffe07df


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It has enough for a saved games, but a concern would be that it restricts you ability to download updates and DLC for games, which can interfere with your ability to play online. For example, Burnout Paradise's free updates along would use up 1/3 of your space. And while Burnout is an outlier in file size, it's still possible for free updates of an average ...


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There's very little risk to either your game disc or your hard drive if you install a disc-based game to the Xbox 360's hard drive. If the disc has issues (ie, scratches or is defective in spots) it is possible that the install will fail, but it is unlikely that the install will cause these issues. Installing to the hard drive actually causes less wear to ...


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You cannot use an HDD Drive from an older system as a save location for a Slim Xbox. On the Microsoft website for the transfer cable: Use only the Xbox 360 Transfer Cable to move your content. Corroborated here. Note that there is a way to get this to work, but it isn't officially supported by Microsoft. This answer on Yahoo! could be a starting ...


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To the best of my knowledge, no. I haven't tested it myself, but I do know someone who didn't have a hard drive for sometime and relied on a USB drive. His stuff loaded significantly slower compared to when he finally got a hard drive. As mentioned in the comments to your question, USB 2.0 is likely to be slower compared to your Xbox's hard drive. Now this ...



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