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Playstation3 - can I buy a replacement hard drive and replace it myself? Is there a specific type to buy? I see many rebuilts that say ps3, computer, etc... if I replace with a blank rebuilt what would I do next? The system stays on the menu and when a disk is inserted I do not hear the hard drive engage. The menu stays on I have tried both ways to reset to factory default

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Hi mcconn2002,

Most PC Hard drives will work on your PS3 but they have to be formatted to FAT32 and installing them is actually quite easy. Check your instructions manual for a clear and visual guide in how to do so.

Hope this helped!


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