PlayStation 3 Slim Hard Drive Replacement

Replace your hard drive for more storage space.

Use this guide to replace your PlayStation 3 Slim's SATA hard drive.

Edit Step 1 Hard Drive  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Turn the PS3 over and lay it on its backside.

Edit Step 1 Hard Drive  ¶ 

  • Turn the PS3 over and lay it on its backside.

  • Use the flat edge of a metal spudger to pop up the small access door on the bottom cover near the front of the PS3.

  • Remove the blue Phillips screw hidden under the access door.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Slide the hard drive bay cover toward the right side of the lower case, then pull it away from the front edge to remove it from the PS3.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Slide the hard drive bay cover toward the right side of the lower case, then pull it away from the front edge to remove it from the PS3.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Using its attached metal handle, pull the hard drive out of its bay.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Using its attached metal handle, pull the hard drive out of its bay.

Edit Step 4 Hard Drive  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove the four 4.3 mm Phillips screws securing the hard drive to its tray.

Edit Step 4 Hard Drive  ¶ 

  • Remove the four 4.3 mm Phillips screws securing the hard drive to its tray.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Remove the hard drive from its tray.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Remove the hard drive from its tray.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Just make sure you have the right screwdriver for the job - Due to over tight screws it is easy to make the screws be not able to unscrew.

Martin Hooper, · Reply

so, if i change the hdd, what about the ps3 OS? is installed in some sort of rom?

Thomas,

Thomas - The OS gets re-installed when you power up for the first time with the new hard drive installed - It was a while back now when I did mine - You either get the PS3 to download it automatically or you can put the file you download from playstation.com on a memory stick and point the installer at that.

Martin Hooper,

Swiss army knife with a phillips attachment worked perfectly. The cross handle undid in about half a second per screw what I couldn't undo for 10 min with a small electronics screw driver :/

Cameron Collet, · Reply

I did not get an option to download, so had to use a memory stick.

Once you download the PS3UPDAT.PUP file from sony you need to put it on a FAT-32 formatted memory stick in the folder /PS3/UPDATE/

Cristopher, · Reply

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