on September 21, 2011
I purchased this drive elsewhere because amazon would not ship it to Hawaii.
Originally I wasn't sure about using it in my macbook pro because of something that the other reviewer said: "If you are purchasing this for an OS drive, and the 8MB of cache wasn't a warning sign, then you are on your own. At 5400RPM and 8MB of cache, you really shouldn't be using this for an OS drive, or even as a secondary application drive."
I am pleased to report that the above statement is not true. Originally, my 2011 macbook pro came with 320GB 5400 rpm drive. Apple considers them good enough to be included as standard. I installed this Samsung drive in my macbook and it works even better than the one that it came with from Apple. It definitely feels much faster than the Apple's 320GB drive. Later on I came across some benchmarks that someone posted online of the Samsung drive, and they were the best in class and even exceeded some 7200 rpm drives' benchmarks. My point is if you are considering using this drive as your primary mac os drive, it is a good choice. Don't listen to this other reviewer. My personal plan is: use this Samsung 1TB as a primary OS drive until the prices for Solid State Drives (SSD's) drop, and then install an SSD in addition to this. SSD will be my primary OS drive and I will use this nice Samsung drive for "deep storage."
Some other things that I wanted to point out. The drive is very quiet. In fact, it is silent. I don't hear it working. I've heard that some 7200 rpm drives are audible. This one is not. If you appreciate silence, this is a drive for you.
I monitor temperature using iStat and it runs nice and cool.
I used it for over a months now and I don't have any complaints. My boot times, shut downs, application launches are quicker than the ones I experienced with the stock Apple drive. Knowing that it is a Samsung gives me a peace of mind; I suspect it will last, but I still back up often using the Time Machine (it's a good habit to have).
It is a good investment. Highly recommend.
on January 8, 2012
I wanted to upgrade my 120 gb PS3 (yes, that's a PS3 slim), and bought this hard drive based on the few reviews that stated that this drive absolutely worked for that purpose. There was a little bit of trouble with rebooting the PS3 after the physical switch, but a quick search on the internet helped me fix the problem. Now I have a crazy amount of space on my PS3 and even though I'll probably never use it all, it is very satisfying to have it.
on September 1, 2011
For all of you who may be wondering how well this drive functions in a PS3, I have been running the Samsung M8 HN-M101MBB 1TB in my console for almost a week now. It acts as a perfect/identical replacement for my Western Digital Scorpio WD3200BEVT 320GB drive (with more space, obviously). I am running this on an original 60GB PS3. After loading up nearly 250GB of data on to the Samsung last week, it appears the drive performs just as good as any stock drive the console comes with. I have noticed that the console runs much more quiet with this drive as opposed to the Scorpio. A great addition for anyone looking to have their PS3 cracked out with a ridiculous amount of free space :)
on February 18, 2012
i ordered this product specifically for the purpose of putting it into my old(fatty) ps3. i followed the online directions and it went in easily, i had to look up a video to get in reformatted while inside the ps3 but once that was done it has since worked wonders.
it almost has to much space! i have since re purchased games that took up to much space, this item is a great price and has tons of space! runs faster and smoother then the old 40gig i had in it.
i recommend this to anyone wanting to upgrade, i know i didn't need this much space but just telling people that i have a TB of hard drive space on my ps3 just feels good!!
on September 26, 2012
Perfect for your PS3 hard drive upgrade, i been using this for a while now & i have absolutely no issues with this drive what so ever .Great for internal data / space, for your PS3 being on Official or custom firmware.. (EDIT) ,November 3rd 1 year later this drive is still kicking in my PS3. I use it for 16hrs a day,movies & play games. I am buying another for my 4th PS3 :) Excellent drive & has not failed me.
on January 23, 2013
I signed up for PlayStation Plus and all the free games, updates, movies, demos the list goes on and I realized I need a bigger hard drive and this drive works great!!! More space, good performance in the PS3... Quick and easy job! Just e sure to back up your saves on a usb drive and if you're a Plus member copy your saves to the Cloud
on September 18, 2013
*** HERE'S A SHORT SUMMARY AND SOME SPECS: ***
Install and upgrade of this 1Tb drive in my original PS3 80Gig console went super smooth. Restore of original backed-up data did take around 3-hours to complete, but that was probably due to the age and slow speed of my 80Gig external backup drive.
SKILL/EXPERIENCE: I would rate the skill/experience necessary to upgrade the PS3 HDD a 2 out of 5. It may seem daunting to a novice, but in reality, it's a piece of cake and you'll feel so proud of yourself once you do it.
TIME: Project time is about 1-hour total, not including the actual time it takes to backup data from your current HDD and restore your data to your new HDD.
ACTUAL STORAGE SPACE AVAILABLE: After installing and formatting the drive in my PS3, but before restoring my backed up data, there were 898Gigs of 928Gigs of total formatted, usable space available. As expected, like all HDD drives, this one holds less than the full 1TB drive capacity advertised. I was surprised, however, that it needed/used 30GB (928G - 898G) to install the OS and file sytem and recover what it could remember from my accounts and settings before actually restoring any of my backed up data.
ACTUAL DRIVE MANUFACTURER: Drive label says Samsung, but label also says it was manufactured for Samsung by Seagate. So, you are really buying a Seagate drive to Samsung's specs. Label also says my drive was manufactured in 2/2013. Drive comes with standard 3-year warranty.
*** HERE'S A LONGER VERSION FOR THOSE WHO ARE CONSIDERING THE UPGRADE: ***
Okay, I don't know how I was able to go so long without upgrading the original HDD in my 80Gig PS3, but I was. I was close to maxing out and somewhere around 76-77Gigs, so it was time! I shopped around and found this drive was rated highly for PS3 drive upgrades and replacements.
SUMMARY OF STEPS: Anyone interested in swapping out their PS3 HDD drive, there are countless websites and videos that show & tell you how to do it, but here's a summary of the steps that I took to upgrade my PS3 for the first time:
1.) Check for system updates and also software updates to all apps. you may use. Namely PS-Home, PS-Store, Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, etc. You can do this by going into each application. If there is an upgrade, the PS3 will automatically look to install it. For the system update, go to system update.
2.) Make sure you can log in and out of your PS3 online account and you know the password. (Not a necessary upgrade step, but good to check to see if you remember your ID and password and can sign-in and out of your account BEFORE upgrading.)
3.) Synch your Trophies so game achievements are saved. This step should be done since Trophy information is not backed up when you run a system backup. If you don't do this, you will lose achievement info. when you upgrade drives. (Go to the Trophies icon, press triangle button then synch.)
4.) Backup your current HDD to an external USB drive. You will need a USB drive with at least enough room to store the amount of data you currently using. In my case, I used an old external USB 80Gig HDD I had laying around. Drive is slow, but reliable. You can check system Information to see how much HDD space you are currently using on your PS3 and pick any external storage device you have, that has at least that much space available. There are tons of instructions on the web about how to do this. (NOTE: It took about 2 hours to backup 76-77G on my 80G HDD. As I mentioned, it may have been due to the age/speed of my external backup drive.)
5.) When backup complete, power PS3 down, including flipping the switch on the back of the machine to off.
6.) Disconnect everything from the PS3, remembering where the wires went. (Better yet, snap a photo with your phone and/or draw a quick picture/diagram of all hookups.) - Removing power cord should be first.
7.) Follow instructions on how to remove and replace HDD. (Instructions are all over the web.)
8.) Reconnect all wires. Power cord should be last.
9.) Remember to flip switch on back of machine to on, then connect a PS3 controller to your PS3 console via a USB cable since wireless may not work when you power the console on. (You can use the same cable you would use to charge the PS3 controller.)
10.) Power on the console and follow the on-screen instructions, indicating yes to all the prompts to format the new HDD. During this step, do not turn off they system or disconnect power to it. You could ruin both your system and your new HDD. (IF during the start up, in the unlikely event you get a message indicating it could not find or restore your file system, you will need to manually re-install the file system. There are instructions on the web about how to do this. It's not hard, but requires a USB flash drive (thumb drive) and adds a couple of steps I won't include here.)
11.) When your system comes back up, it may look like it has everything, but it won't have your game saves data that was on your original HDD. For these to re-appear, you will need to restore them from the backup you made earlier. (There are instructions all over the web on how to restore data from a saved backup on the PS3.) While you are restoring data, do not turn off the system or disconnect power to it. You could ruin your system.
12.) After the restore completes and the machine restarts itself, you are done. (NOTE: The restore of 76-77Gigs of data off my old/slow 80Gig external USB HDD took nearly 3 hours, which I attribute to the age/speed of my backup drive.)
Hope this helps.