PlayStation 3 Hard Drive Replacement

Replace the hard drive on your PS3.

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

Edit Step 1 Hard Drive Backup  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Hard Drive Backup  ¶ 

  • If you need to backup the data on your current hard drive, follow the instructions in this step. Otherwise, continue to the next step.

  • On a Windows/OS X/Linux machine, format an external USB hard drive (with enough space available to backup your current hard content) into the FAT32 file system.

  • Make sure it's formatted FAT32. The Playstation 3 backup utility will not recognize any other file system.

  • Connect your formatted hard drive to the Playstation 3 through a USB port and power the console up.

  • Navigate the XMB to the 'Settings' menu and select 'System Settings'

  • Select the 'Backup Utility' function to create a backup of your data - this can take up to 2 hours if you have a lot of data on the PS3.

Edit Step 2 Hard Drive  ¶ 

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Edit Step 2 Hard Drive  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the hard drive door away from the lower case.

  • Remove the hard drive door from the PS3.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Remove the blue 8 mm Phillips screw securing the hard drive cage to the chassis.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Grab the hard drive pull tab and pull the hard drive toward the front face of the PS3.

  • Pull the hard drive assembly out of the PS3.

Edit Step 5 Hard Drive  ¶ 

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Edit Step 5 Hard Drive  ¶ 

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

  • These 4 screws can sometimes be very difficult to remove. If you strip the heads our Screw Extracting Pliers remove the damaged screws nicely.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Remove the hard drive from its steel cage.

  • If you're installing a new hard drive into your PS3, use this guide to restore the data you backed up.

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

For more information, check out the PlayStation 3 device page.

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Hi there!

Thank you for this (and all the other) guide!

My Hard Drive Slot looks a little bit different.

You have to spudge away the door from the left side and after removing the Blue Screw you can easily pull out the harddrive and you don't have to slide the tray to the side and out afterwards.

Maybe worth a note that there are several versions around..

Jay Ho, · Reply

My problem is my ps3 don't play disc

Elton Boyd, · Reply

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