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November 2, 2007 // 2:17 pm - In case you haven't already ordered this piece of hardware, we bring good news: Western Digital have just launched a 320GB 2.5 inch Scorpio SATA hard drive. This 5400 RPM baby costs only $200 and it will be compatible with the PS3 that supports any SATA hard drive out there. Finally some freedom from Sony who will probably be the last company to ignore homebrewers instead of working with them.

I guess that buying a cheaper PS3 and than this hard drive is a better option than going for a more expensive console. Also, putting Linux on such a hard drive is also a good idea and an option used by many PS3 owners, who have that 10GB storage space required by the OS. So, what could you fit in 320GB? Well, probably enough Metal Gear Solid 4 and Final Fantasy XIII saves to last for a lifetime. Since Sony's new format, the Blu-ray brought some extra storage space to the new age disk, hard drives are forced to evolve as we're heading towards a "downloadable future", which will see the DVD, Blu-Ray and HD-DVD only being used for music and films, while the games are made available through online services.

Till that time comes, we're "training" with hard drives and Western Digital's latest work is not impressive considering that a PS3 games can take up about 30GB of storage space in case Sony decides to make it available for download. Aside from forcing the hard drives to evolve, that "downloadable future" I mentioned will also increase the gamers' demand for better connections and servers made available by Sony and Internet providers.

In the meantime, I must say that I really fancy this hard drive, as Sony have promised to release tons of games in 2008 and I really should be getting their demos, trailers while saving storage space for saves.

Pump up your Playstation 3 Hard Drive to 320GB!

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#7 - koyote - November 4, 2007 // 9:25 pm
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Well I don't have any 2.5'' drives, but my full sized sata2 drives work flawlessly on my sata1 PC

And I'm going to wait for 500gb@100$ lol

#6 - wutang01 - November 4, 2007 // 10:21 am
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Wow ... if SATA2 HDDs are backward compatible ...

I wonder if I should get the 250GB or wait for this 320GB

#5 - Starlight - November 4, 2007 // 6:40 am
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You should be able to use sata 2 or sata 1 i think as long as it has a jumper setting of SATA 3gb on it (faster access), as i have a sata 2 hdd for my pc which has the SATA 3gb jumper setting at the back of the hdd.

Not 100% sure on this but it might work.

#4 - wutang01 - November 4, 2007 // 1:34 am
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Quote Originally Posted by koyote View Post
sata2 is backwards compatible with sata1 controllers

Oh reallly??? I didn't know that!!

So you're saying that if we buy this SATA2 320GB hard drive ... it would work with the PS3? It'll run at 1.5 Gb/s (and not SATA2's 3 Gb/s)?

#3 - koyote - November 3, 2007 // 3:48 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by wutang01 View Post
I'm presuming this is the Western Digital 320GB:

But it says SATA 3 Gb/s ... which means its SATA2. But I thought the Playstation 3 only uses SATA hard disks (SATA 1.5 Gb/s) ...

sata2 is backwards compatible with sata1 controllers

#2 - Radiskull - November 3, 2007 // 1:49 pm
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Seems this HDD is so new, it's not listed for sale anywhere yet lol

#1 - wutang01 - November 3, 2007 // 11:31 am
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I'm presuming this is the Western Digital 320GB:

But it says SATA 3 Gb/s ... which means its SATA2. But I thought the Playstation 3 only uses SATA hard disks (SATA 1.5 Gb/s) ...