Playstation 3 Hard Drive Space

#1 Posted by RandomInternetUser (6789 posts) -

How much space do you use on your PS3 generally?  I don't plan on buying many arcade games or installing games unless necessary.  I'm asking because I'm going to buy a PS3 a week from tomorrow, and the special edition MGS4 console bundle is on Wal-Mart for 400, but only has a 40g hard drive.  So I wanted to know how important the other 40gigs were (I could always buy a bigger hard drive later down the road, but it may be awhile).  Thanks! 

#2 Posted by Wolverine (4276 posts) -

40 GB is plenty for that kind of use. Just don't get the 20 GB and you will be fine. Plus you can always upgrade.

#3 Posted by gingertastic_10 (4141 posts) -

i got the 80 GB...i probably wont ever fill it up

#4 Posted by RandomInternetUser (6789 posts) -

Alright, thanks!

#5 Posted by choffy21 (1376 posts) -
@xobballox: Just wondering, but why are you going to buy a 40GB PS3 instead of an 80GB for the same price?
#6 Posted by TheHBK (5463 posts) -

Yeah I got the 80gb and I dont use much, probably just 10 gigs, but more as i download demos and stuff.  BUt 40 is enough since you dont install games unless required and that doesnt seem to have the effect that it does on the 360.

#7 Posted by Euge (108 posts) -
#8 Edited by spiredcrescent (189 posts) -

 40 would work if you dont plan on buying to much downloadable stuff.

#9 Posted by ROBdaMOB (174 posts) -

i wanna upgrade my 60gig
but if your not gonna be putting movies music and too many dl games
then 40 should do you good

#10 Posted by pornstorestiffi (4909 posts) -

I have a 500 GB in mine, but i still have 380 GB

#11 Posted by blackbeard (309 posts) -

I have an 80 gig, I have 31 gigs left on it.

I have some downloaded games like WipeoutHD, Super Stardust HD and some other stuff. That combined with game updates and such.

But even if you get a 40 gig, you can always upgrade the hard drive yourself on the cheap. Any SATA laptop hard drive should work. I am thinking about getting a 500GB laptop drive to put into my PS3.

#12 Posted by Tiwi (1401 posts) -

does any1 know if the PS3 can handle a 2TB hardrive?

#13 Posted by DuhQbnSiLo (2139 posts) -

I also need to upgrade my 60GB...

I put movies and anime on mine so I need the space

#14 Posted by RandomInternetUser (6789 posts) -
@choffy21:  Well, it comes with MGS4, and is a limited edition console, but mainly so I have a game and don't have to wait to get one until my next paycheck.
#15 Edited by Subject2Change (2966 posts) -
@tiwi said:
" does any1 know if the PS3 can handle a 2TB hardrive? "
No it uses 2.5" Laptop SATA Drives. The largest available is 500GB currently.

@xobballox said:
" @choffy21:  Well, it comes with MGS4, and is a limited edition console, but mainly so I have a game and don't have to wait to get one until my next paycheck. "
40GB Metal Gear Solid bundle isn't Backwards Compatible by the way. The 80GB version was. However the game only runs for 30 bucks now.
#16 Posted by RandomInternetUser (6789 posts) -

Thanks everyone, I think I will get the 80g to be on the safe side.

#17 Posted by blackbeard (309 posts) -
@Subject2Change said:
" @tiwi said:
" does any1 know if the PS3 can handle a 2TB hardrive? "
No it uses 2.5" Laptop SATA Drives. The largest available is 500GB currently. "
I do wonder if it will see a large drive connected via USB?

This would look great sitting next to my PS3:

http://www.lacie.com/us/products/product.htm?pid=11172
#18 Posted by Lashe (1244 posts) -

I use 500gb. But I use my PS3 as a Media Centre as opposed to a console 90% of the time.

#19 Posted by Subject2Change (2966 posts) -
@Lashe said:
" I use 500gb. But I use my PS3 as a Media Centre as opposed to a console 90% of the time. "
I use mine both pretty equally but still have my 80gig drive; my PC however has 2.5TB of storage and I stream from that through a wired connection.

@blackbeard said:
" @Subject2Change said:
" @tiwi said:
" does any1 know if the PS3 can handle a 2TB hardrive? "
No it uses 2.5" Laptop SATA Drives. The largest available is 500GB currently. "
I do wonder if it will see a large drive connected via USB?

This would look great sitting next to my PS3:

http://www.lacie.com/us/products/product.htm?pid=11172 "

You'd have to set it up before hand but I believe it would, wouldn't see why it wouldn't.
#20 Posted by SnakeSDR (64 posts) -

I used up 40gb in game installs and DLC, but then again I do own a lot of games.

#21 Posted by ninjakiller (3405 posts) -

You can back up the hd os and switch it out for a bigger one.  IT DOESN'T MATTER WHICH VERSION YOU GET!!  Damn, channeling The Rock again.

#22 Posted by McQuinn (651 posts) -

Man I am forced to delete game instals to save space.  It would stink to go back to the older games though.

#23 Posted by JJWeatherman (14557 posts) -
@choffy21 said:
" @xobballox: Just wondering, but why are you going to buy a 40GB PS3 instead of an 80GB for the same price? "
Can't you read? It comes with some game where you play as an old guy that can't do things that Vinny can. (such as scale a fridge)   :P
#24 Posted by lantus (143 posts) -

I found myself running out of space with the 40gb, with installs, and PSN games and whatnot, but you can get the 80gb for $400, and that should be enough to hold you for quite a while.

#25 Posted by Meptron (1073 posts) -
@blackbeard:
You can connect an external drive to the ps3 no problem. However, you can't use it for installing game data or playing downloadable games off of it. The PS3 won't access the external drive during gameplay. You could use it to back up your stuff though. Or for storing movies and the like.

@xobballox:
start with a 40GB. If you fill it up, you can either upgrade like others have said, or delete installed game data for games you haven't played in a while (note that you can still keep your saved game files when you do this). MGS4 is a beast, it takes up more HD space than most PS3 games. So don't worry when you install it and find a big chunk of the HD is used up right away.
#26 Posted by super_machine (1930 posts) -

My 40gb ran out of usable space pretty fast. I wanted music on my HDD and that took up a big chunk, but so did the 1 to 3 gb of game data that a lot of PS3 games require to install. I recommend buying a 300gb HDD, I got one on Amazon for $70 and install it before you start playing any games. If you pull out a HDD from the PS3 before you back up the data all your files will become useless when you plug it back in.

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