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settings are stored on the PS3's actual memory, so you won't be losing any of them. the HDD is a seagate model, so its best to look for a seagate model, but all SATA HDD's are supposed to be supported.
yep, I put a 120gb Fujitsu in mine and it works fine (10gb for Linux and the rest for PS3)
Saying this, I am seriously tempted to get the esata converter kit to hook up a 3.5" external drive cos I can get a 300gb drive for about the same price or a 500gb for not much more. I can then store all my music/photos/videos all in one place
bringing this thread back to life as i have a few questions if y'all don't mind:
is there a maximum size drive i can install? i'm thinking of going for around 300gb for music/video etc..
also hasn't been answered anywhere about game saves and profiles, usb key to copy then re-paste?
data for example call of duty and the maps etc.. all this is stored on the hard drive i would upgrade presumably?