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Introduction

Use this guide to replace your PlayStation 3 Slim's SATA hard drive with a much larger hard drive or a much faster SSD.

  1. PlayStation 3 Slim Hard Drive Replacement, Hard Drive: step 1, image 1 of 2 PlayStation 3 Slim Hard Drive Replacement, Hard Drive: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • 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.

  2. PlayStation 3 Slim Hard Drive Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 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.

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

  4. PlayStation 3 Slim Hard Drive Replacement, Hard Drive: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the four 4.3 mm Phillips screws securing the hard drive to its tray.

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    • Remove the hard drive from its tray.

Conclusion

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

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16 Comments

would it be possible to replace it with an ssd?

Cian - Reply

Yes. Done it already.

joachimmoeller -

Yes, but do not expect huge performance improvements, especially if you run games from a physical format (i.e. Blu-ray disc).

João Pedro Almeida -

You definitely can. That will give you less heat to deal with, less noise and vibrations... But the speed gain will probably not be that significant as the PS3 is limited to SATA 1 if I recall correctly...

Replacing it with a 7200 RPM HDD would be more worth it on the price/quality ratio, as 2.5" 500 GB HDD are pretty cheap nowadays.

Théo Crmz -

Can you please tell me playstation 3 super slim model cech-4304a wich type of single lens got? I want to change it and it does not write something like kem or kes..

Tom kan - Reply

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