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Monday, November 16, 2009

How To: Upgrade / Replace Your PS3 Hard Drive (Sony PlayStation 3)

So, you want to upgrade the hard drive on your Sony Playstation 3? Maybe to either increase the speed of it or perhaps the capacity?

Or, perhaps the original hard drive on your PS3 crashed or failed and you need to replace it?

Whatever your reason for needing to upgrade or replace the hard drive on your Sony Playstation 3 (PS3), you've come to the right page to find out how you can do it. I recently upgraded my hard drive on my PS3 and this is the experience I went through. My reason is that I wanted to increase capacity as well as speed for downloadable content, multimedia and even the "Other OS" function that you can run Linux on. Overall, this guide should make it really simple for your to upgrade in just a manner of minutes.

Before you get started, there are a few things you need before you can get into the actual project.

And recently I made a video (available in HD of the procedure), here that is:



1. The most important thing to realize about the Sony Playstation 3 hard drive is that it is not a standard 3.5" hard drive. Rather, instead it is a 2.5" hard drive which are generally found in laptops, notebooks, and even the Mac Mini. Another important consideration is that if you are running Ubuntu Linux or another operating system you may want a 7200 rpm drive as it will make a dramatic performance difference. To find the right drive at a great price, click here to see the 2.5" hard drives from Amazon.com.

2. Tools -- you'll need a regular Flathead screwdriver, a standard Phillips screwdriver, and a smaller / precision Phillips screwdriver.

3. Other items: A USB memory stick, as you may need to update the Sony PS3 system.

4. Make a backup of your PS3 system so you can retain all of you settings, memory, and more. A very helpful guide can be found by clicking here.

Once you have those three, you are ready to go ahead and proceed with tutorial. Here is the step-by-step guide on how you can replace / upgrade the hard drive on your Sony PS3.

1. Power down and unplug all the cables from your Sony Playstation 3.

2. Find the side of your PS3 with the sticker labeled "Detach this cover when removing the hard disk". There is a little tab on the right hand side. Place your flat head screwdriver in the slot and slide the plastic piece. It should snap and then pop right out.

Sony PS3 Playstation 3: Find the side of your PS3 with the sticker labeled Detach this conver when removing the hard disk.  There is a little tab on the right hand side.  Place your flat head screwdrived in the slot and slide the plastic piece.  It should snap and then pop right out.

3. With the plastic cover removed, the hard drive tray is exposed. There is only one screw (blue) that is required to remove the hard drive. Take your regular phillips screwdriver and remove the screw.

Sony PS3 Playstation 3: With the plastic cover removed, the hard drive tray is exposed.  There is only one screw (blue) that is required to remove the hard drive.  Take your regular phillips screwdriver and remove the screw.

4. With the screw removed, the tab that the screw holds in will slide out from the PS3. From there slide it out and pull the tab to disconnect and slide out the hard drive.

Sony PS3 Playstation 3: With the screw removed, the tab that the screw holds in will slide out from the PS3.  From there slide it out and pull the tab to disconnect and slide out the hard drive.

5. Now comes the trickiest part. The four screws that hold the hard drive are in fairly tight. If you are not careful or have the right Phillips screwdriver size, you could strip them easily. Make sure to apply a good amount of pressure to the screws when turn and they should loosen more easily. Remove all four screws.

Sony PS3 Playstation 3: Now comes the trickiest part.  The four screws that hold the hard drive are in fairly tight.  If you are not careful or have the right Phillips screwdriver size, you could strip them easily.  Make sure to apply a good amount of pressure to the screws when turn and they should loosen more easily.  Remove all four screws.

6. After you remove the screws, you can easily slide out the hard drive from the tray to make room for your replacement hard drive.

Sony PS3 Playstation 3: After you remove the screws, you can easily slide out the hard drive from the tray to make room for your replacement hard drive.

7. Slide your new hard drive into the tray and reverse the previous steps in order to have your PS3 ready to turn back on.

Sony PS3 Playstation 3: Slide your new hard drive into the tray and reverse the previous steps in order to have your PS3 ready to turn back on.

8. Reconnect your Playstation 3 cables and power on.

9. In many cases, you may immediately receive the message "Update data 2.76 required" or a similar message. Do not panic, it's a fairly easy solution.

10. Take you USB memory stick or other storage media types compatible with your PS3 and format it as FAT32. Create a PS3 folder in the root of the stick. Then under the PS3 folder create an UPDATE folder.

11. Go to the Sony site (link here: http://www.us.playstation.com/Support/SystemUpdates/PS3/pc_update.html) and under Step 2, click on the DOWNLOAD NOW button to get the latest update. Once the update downloads, place it in the --> PS3 --> UPDATE folder.

12. Plug it into your Sony Playstation 3 and the system will automatically install the latest update on your USB or other storage media and update the system to the current version.

13. You're complete now and ready to use the new performance and capacity of your Playstation 3 system. I would recommend an immediate formatting of the new system including a partition for OTHER OS so you can have the maximum flexibility for your Sony PS3 hard drive.

If you have experience with replacing any hardware, you can complete this upgrade in less than 15 minutes. Those with less experience may want to plan on the upgrade / replacement taking about 30 minutes.

Good luck!

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks - was very easy - just make sure to put pressure on the screws!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Emphasis on PRESSURE on the screws!! Had to rip one freaking screw holder, fortunately Sony Engineers are expecting you to make this screw up so they made a HDD frame easy to tear up. Great write up. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Emphasis on PRESSURE on the screws!! Had to rip one freaking screw holder, fortunately Sony Engineers are expecting you to make this screw up so they made a HDD frame easy to tear up. Great write up. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

You DiD NOT HAVE TO RIP THE harddrive cage apart....
all you had to do is use a small
wire cutter ''SNIPPERS''
then you can grip the screw from the edge and get it to come out even if its stripped!!!! this works every time I have used this to get into the security screws on cable boxes too..
also you can get at most hardware stores the security torx bits or drivers.
ALso you can if you see a RED screen of DEATH Take whole PS3 apart forget the warrenty sticker..
then Replace the HEAT SINK thermal paste with the WHITE stuff DONOT USE THE CRAP SILVER as it dries up to fast .. Also use a lot dont be sparing about the amount of heat sink paste you use you dont want to see the proccessor cover att all dont worry about the heat sink but remove all paste from heat sink with paper towel and cpu before adding new.. then replace all parts check fuse in power supply mine was good so i assumed on the other I had 2 unknown ps3's givin to me by family one came on w red screen and other would not power up...
I took power supply from red screen one and put it into the other one ans VIOLA a working PS3!!
free to me!! anyway bad news came next the DVD ram ROM drive bd ram rom drive did not work!! so i swapped that and viola it worked..
problem was I put linux on it screwed up partition used for ps3 and ruined it BUt WAIT it didnt get runied i downloaded 2.76 software from some blog site ans burned a CD rom into a DIRECTORY CALLED
PS3 then inside that folder I made a folder called UPDATE
then put the
PS3UPDAT.PUP file into PS3/UPDATE folder then rebooted ps3 then pushed start and select at same time then used the burn to reformat drive to factory it found it and worked!..
so the other ps3 i was like ok jp you can try to get it to work but the ps is dead he said give it here my freind said TAKE it apart again and reput back to gether but make shure all ground screws are tight I said then ram a long screw in the place of a short one if its stripped! he did this the 440 screw was longer than the other one I forget where we got it I swear one of the ps3s is missing 3 screws not the ground ones though!! he put it back to gether and VIOLA it came on I was feruois cause i thought the power supply was bad and furthermore the red screen was no more! .. hmm anyway I havent played around w the red screen one but I did take all the cosmetics from the best one and put it onto the other one..
as far as linux unless you know someone who knows how to install it donot overwrite any existing ps3 partitions and especcally dont install linux unless you are ready to screw up youre ps3 if you know someone who has done it then let them do it cause linux can be cool I put ubuntu onto a pc and did get atari emulation 2600 stellax running and i know nothing about linux..
you can ask me questions at
awace on atari age forums.