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  1. PlayStation 3 Memory Card Reader Replacement, Smart Plate: step 1, image 1 of 2 PlayStation 3 Memory Card Reader Replacement, Smart Plate: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Use the tip of a spudger to remove the black rubber screw cover from the side of the PS3.

    • The screw cover may be underneath a warranty sticker. This sticker will change appearance, and show "VOID" after it has been removed.

  2. PlayStation 3 Memory Card Reader Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the single 8.5 mm T10 Security Torx screw from the smart plate.

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    • Pull the smart plate toward the hard drive bay, then lift it off the body of the PS3.

  4. PlayStation 3 Memory Card Reader Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Be sure to keep track of the small metal bracket loosely held in the top cover, if equipped.

  5. PlayStation 3 Memory Card Reader Replacement, Top Cover: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following seven screws:

    • Six 52 mm Phillips screws

    • One 30 mm Phillips screw

  6. PlayStation 3 Memory Card Reader Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Lift the top cover from its rear edge and rotate it toward the front of the PS3.

    • Remove the top cover.

    • There is a plastic hook located in a hole on the top back right hand side corner. Carefully push the plastic hook a bit from the rear of the machine with a spudger to release the rear right of the casing.

  7. PlayStation 3 Memory Card Reader Replacement, Memory Card Reader: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the two 9 mm Phillips screws securing the memory card reader to the chassis.

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    • Lift the memory card reader out of the PS3 enough to access its cable.

    • Flip up the retaining flap on the memory card reader ribbon cable socket.

    • Be sure you are prying up on the retaining flap, not the socket itself.

    • Pull the ribbon cable out of its socket.

    • Remove the memory card reader from the PS3.

Conclusion

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

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