Can you still collect trophies on the games you had on the original PS3? I've not been able to experience this yet because of the freezing issue, I've got trophies I already got even after sync with server.
Sadly not - the PS3 will format the HDD unless it's replaced into the same machine you took it out of.
I am on my first refurb machine my original launch day 60Gb died from a power supply failure so sony replaced it like for like free of charge with a refurb unit. It has worked perfectly now for a little longer than a year apart from leap year day thing. However as others have said i did notice the cooling fans do seem to come on more often and are louder than i remember my original being. I thought maybe this was because it was winter and the house is warmer with my heating being on constantly but it seems to be the case all year round. I dont know much about protected saves but if you upgrade your hard drive and your PS3 fails surely when it goes back to SONY you can remove YOUR hard drive and put the original back in and then put your upgrade drive with all your saves etc on it into your replacement machine? would this solve this issue?
i have a refurbed 120gb slim, had it for a year now and runs like a dream, fans get a bit loud but thats about it.
ive had 4 ps3's now and never seen the yellow light, only had that 1 system fail and it was the bluray drive that cacked it.
i was considering trading it for a brand new slim but the system they gave me is a european model will gamestation etc still trade those?
first ps3 i got on launch day lasted over 12 months then it stopped reading disks, got a 60 gig refurb replacement which lasted about 6 months then got the ylod now using a 250 gig slim
just realised i posted on page 2 of this thread about not having any problems with refurb lol
Had 4 refurbs, first 3 only lasted a total of 5 mnths between them!!!!!
That said, number 4 is going strong (over 6 mnths now)
My PS3 stopped reading disks 5 months ago. I paid the A$250 and since then I've had 3 refurbs die (YLOD). The original lasted ok, but these refurbs are hopeless, will be asking for my money back come morning.