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The Hard Disk Drive

The hard disk drive is found on an external removable bay on the left panel of the console (or bottom panel, if you use the Playstation 3 like shown in Figure 2).

Sony Playstation 3Figure 5: Accessing the hard disk drive compartment.

Sony Playstation 3Figure 6: Removing the hard disk drive.

Playstation 3 uses a 2.5” SATA-300 hard disk drive and the unit we disassembled came with an 80 GB unit from Fujitsu, model MHZ2080BH, which rotates at 5,400 rpm (2.5” units are targeted to laptop computers and usually run at 5,400 rpm instead of 7,200 rpm like desktop hard disk drives) and has an 8 MB buffer. Full specifications can be found here.

Sony Playstation 3Figure 7: The 80 GB 2.5” SATA-300 hard disk drive.

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Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.