I looked at <this link here on Playstation website> and I noticed that I have a different model ender- CECH00. Its a fat and its white. My PS3 was a gift from a friend and I'm pretty sure its from Japan. The site and live chat dude had no support for my model.
Before I go buy a hard drive, is there anything I should know about different model types? I'm guessing all the models use the same laptop hard drives. I am planning on getting one <like this.>
Yup, any SATA 2.5 HD will work fine in the PS3. People even put SSD's in them for some reason. lol. Make sure either you use PSN Plus and backup your game saves to the cloud, or you back them up to an external drive or USB drive before you swap drives. Once you take your drive out and put a new HD in, your old one becomes deactivated and if you put it back in your PS3, it will want to reformat and all your data will be gone, so get all your data off first before you go to swap.
Another tip, if you have a small USB key or small USB drive, delete the game updates, etc, as when you go to backup, it will backup all the updates it downloads for the games, sometimes which can be 30-40GB and if your key isn't that big, you can't back it up. The game saves themselves are tiny, it's the update data that takes up space.