Im also looking to replace my ps3's hard drive as the old ones gone crazy, so are you guys saying that any hard drive will work if i have the caddy thingy mabob?
You only need the caddy if you gat a 12GB any of the norm 40, 80, 120, 250, 500GB variants have the caddy already
And any 9.5mm 2.5" SATA HDD's will work, yes
hay while i'm at it, do you know if i can restore a ps3 back up onto a new hard drive? or if not how i can get the saves across with only one ps3?
From memory you can back up everything to an external then transfer to the new drive once done, it's been a while since I did it though so I could be lying to you. My first thought was that you can't transfer your saves so it is pretty likely I am lying... sorry.
Yea, think there might be a couple of early games where the saves don't like being transferred? could be wrong but effectively take any non-game media off the console (i.e. transfer to ext then delete of HDD) if possible as this will speed up backup & restore.
Then have ext HDD same size or bigger than the PS3 HDD formatted in FAT32 use backup utility
Then goto accounts & deregister the PS3 (it counts a new HDD as a new PS3)
Have latest FW on a USB stick
install new HDD & do FW upgrade with the pre-loaded USB stick
Then restore backup & activate PS3
It's very time consuming I suggest if it's of decent size already letting the backup/restore run overnight (can't remember which of the 2 is longest)