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Good that I saw this thread.
Gonna pick up ST9500325AS instead of WD.
Great nice to hear it works for you too (we are 3 who I know with that specific Samsung 640GB drive who solved their problem like that now).
Originally Posted by Everblue
Why this model works better when forced to Sata1 and others don't need that tweak ? honestly nothing sure. One idea I read in this thread is the way the HD auto-falls back to sata1. Some could be more 'compatible' with the PS3 for that.
And my original 120GB HD I received with my Slim is a Sata2 3Gb/s and there is no jumper added I didn't check with a PC if it was firmware forced to 1.5Gb/s or if it's just one of those sata2+ HDs who happens to work perfectly without tweaking but that would be interesting to know:
Last edited by Mindon; 09-26-2010 at 07:10 AM.
I dont think anyone has listed a 640gb+ 2.5" hdd that doesnt require it to be put in sata1 (1.5Gb/s) mode, so its a case of choosing a drive that has this option. Please correct me if Im wrong though.
Originally Posted by Mindon
Does the WD5000BEVT have the same issues as the WD5000BPVT? Just installed the WD5000BEVT can't test it yet, still awaiting my AVRkeys to arrive.
What are you saying exactly?
Originally Posted by broodje
I can't tell if that's some kind of humerous observation or ignorance
You're referring to changing the interface to use SATAI instead of SATAII right, you do realise that SATAI still has a throughput far exceeding the maximum transfer rate of any modern SATA hard drive?
Changing the interface to SATAI has no effect at all on a hard drive at this point. SATAI is limited to 1.5Gbit\s...The fastest current hard drives still aren't quite there yet. If you're using a recent quality SSD then yes, SATAI will limit that massively, some current SSDs even saturate SATAII. But nobody sensible is using an SSD because we want storage not speed. The speed increase even on the slowest drive is still wayyyyyy faster than the 2x bluray drive.
When I refer to hard drives I'm talking about 3.5 inch ones, of course the 2.5 inch drives that go in the PS3 are even slower only utilizing about just over half of SATAI's throughput potential.
Originally Posted by Mindon
I'm not 100% on this but I think it's just a quirk of certain drives. Back about 5-6 years ago before SATAII was common place I'd just bought a hard drive that used SATAII and plugged it into my old Sil3114 SATAI controller, allegedly this controller didn't support SATAII and needed a jumper\software to be set to make a SATAII drive work with it so it was operating in SATAI mode. I just plugged the SATAII drive in and it worked fine.
So bascically, I can only guess that some drives can automatically fall back to SATAI and some need a software setting\jumper set.
Think that's about it really.
I'm not sure if the controller in the PS3 is SATAII compatible, but you gotta think it's going to be about 5 years old now from when it was first released and the first SATAII controllers were quite buggy, most didn't support optical SATA drives very well and the firmware for them was new and buggy on controllers used for personal use anyway. RAID controllers for buisness I'm sure were different. Anyways...that could be why the PS3 is picky about drives in that you may experience strange happening with SATAII drives...
Of course this isn't based on any scientific test and I could be completely wrong, but I'm sure there truth in what I've said generally.
Ok, so last night I ordered myself a WD Scorpio Blue 500GB internal drive for the PS3.
How dissapointing/worrying for me :/ I will send it back when it arrives for a refund.
However, im now actually more interested in buying an EXTERNAL hdd. So it doesn't have to be tied to my PS3 (ofc FAT32 files, permit).
There is such a large choice of external hdd, all with mixed reviews, some saying its god awful and breaks within a week, others praising their glorious new hdd. I'd just like one that won't stutter when I play my media or games.
Which external drives do you guys use? Is there any really highly recommended one for media / games for the PS3? A lot of them are recommended for just storage, not really for "streaming".
Keep in mind that lots of games wont work on external, even if there are no files over 4gb. But if you have a ps3 slim with 120 or 250gb hd, I guess it will be enough for those games! :-)
Originally Posted by testacc22
PS2 V7 = Exploit, 320GB Seagate HD.
Wii = Softmodded+BootMii Boot2
PS3 = Caught on fire..
XBOX360 = Unmodded
Nintendo DSI XL = Unmodded
so need a summary after 9 pages, I want to get an internal for my ps3, prefer 500gb or higher, what are my choices?