[QUOTE=debro;2136175]Aye … that little 40GB HDD got backed up to a 16GB flash drive first.
It’s amazing that 15GB of the HDD was actually taken up by the sony system software.
Good thing I backed up too, it warns you before you format the new HDD that you will not be able to reinstall you old HDD and use it again, well you can, but you have to format it and start again
But of course that’s after it tells you it can’t boot because the system drive needs formatting, and that you must provide the latest firmware (at least 2.42) via a usb drive … then it format your drive, reinstalls the firmware, then you do a basic setup, and then you have to restore all your settings, users, movies, game save data & etc…
Installing 2.5" HDD -> 2 minutes.
Actual Mucking around time (time you can’t use your PS3) -> 4 hours
Now, time to hook up that old PS3 HDD & see what linux thinks about it ;)[/QUOTE]
I have upgraded my PS3 HDD to a 7200 Samsung 200Gb SATA3.0 drive. I did not backup to another drive, as who has a 60Gb drive lying around. I found that you can Clone the drive-2-drive as long as you perform a bit-by-bit copy.
I used HDClone, which has a FREE version, but runs slower than the pay for versions. Will take about 4 hours to copy 60Gb bit-by-bit. But about 45mins if you use the pay for version. At the end of the copy it will ask if you want to resize the partion automatically, which I did as it is a bigger drive. Popped the NEW drive in the PS3 and powered on. Worked straight away, to my surprise.
Also, I removed the SATA 1.5 limiting pin from the drive to allow the PS3 to auto detect the SATA 1.5/3.0, but I believe that the connection is only SATA 1.5.
Any one else has a better way, let everyone know.