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Internal vs. External HDD
Internal vs. External HDD –
New to the PS3 scene, but definitely not a complete noob when it comes to modding/hacking/etc.
I'm planning to go CFW on my PS3, and did a lot of lurking/googling etc. Pretty much decided I'll need Rogero 4.46 and multiMAN 4.46.01.
One thing I can't seem to figure out: in terms of playing backups, should I upgrade the the internal HDD or just use an external HDD? And why one over the other? What are the pros/cons of both?
I'm basically just looking to have about 1TB of storage to play PS3 backups, and looking for best compatibility (#1) and speed.
-no FAT32 4GB file limit (some games have 4GB+ files, most have work-arounds.)
-no or less HDD loading sounds
-convenience of having it neatly hidden inside the console
-can run installed PKG games
-easier to transfer to and from PC
-higher GB limit (I use a 2TB drive)
Compatibility and speed is pretty much the same AFAIK, external probably has more compatibility.
To add to the previous post,
Games that have files > 4gig will not run from external, but, they can be stored on external if copied there with multiman (see below).
My philosophy is run every game that you can off external (I have a 2tb). I also store all the games on external, even if they won't RUN off external. You see, you can copy a game from internal to external with Multiman and it will auto-split the large files for you. It will list the game as ORANGE (unplayable) from external... But, when you want to play it 6 months down the road, you copy it back to internal via mman, and it will auto-join the files back for you... When you are done playing after a month or two, you just delete the Internal copy (mman will list both the ORANGE one/external, and White one/Internal). This way, I can always delete any Internal game off to free up space, and I know I have all my games safely sitting on my external.
Internal space is much more precious as it's still used when the games install. So many games will still have to install 4-6 gig of data on the Internal (even if you are running them from Internal). I did upgrade my old fat from 60gig to a 500gig internal which helped immensely. My slim has 160gig, so space is really precious there with all the game installs.... Anyways, there's a little more info on the internal/external thing.
External drives have a lower data transfer rate. I'm not sure which PS3 model you have, but I don't think any are USB 3.0 yet. It even depends on what cable you have going from HDD to PS3, if you get a good external drive case that keeps the drive cool with a fan and has USB 3.0 then you should be good.
My thought on speed... I've tested loading times on games from external and internal (same games) and honestly, on most you won't see any speed difference. I've seen that if they are slow on external, they are still slow off Internal. For instance, I tried Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on both... same results so I deleted it from Internal and play from external. Seems like the only games I ever saw a speed difference was the Ratchet & Clank games. USB 3.0 only came out 2-3 years ago, so the hackable PS3s do not support USB 3.0 speeds (only 2.0)
External Judd has much more space and is 10x easier to use on your ps3
although internal is using 'better' filesystem and SATA instead of USB, it doesn't mean it will always be faster. because some games install lot of data (on internal), so using external drive is somewhat similar to RAID0. and all files on internal need to be decrypted on-the-fly which takes some CPU time.
it also depends on (de)fragmentation of both drives. unfortunately there is no software (AFAIK) that can fully defragment FAT32 (including directory entries).
Thanks for everyone's input. I decided to go ahead and try to install everything I can on a 1TB external HDD. I have a 500GB internal HDD, in case any games don't work.
Installed Rebug 4.46.01 REX and multiMAN 04.46.01 -- super easy and flawless (so far). Time to backup those games!
Can you store PSN Downloads on External? I'm thinking of Ni No Kuni, or InFAMOUS here...
Actually If I could just put them into cold storage that would be cool.