PlayStation 3 Hard Drive Replacement
Replace the hard drive on your PS3.
- Author: Walter Galan
- Difficulty: Moderate
Use this guide to replace your PlayStation 3's hard drive.
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- 500 GB 5400 RPM 2.5" Hard Drive
- 500 GB 7200 RPM 2.5" Hard Drive
- 750 GB 7200 RPM Seagate SATA Hard Drive (New)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Remove the four 4.3 mm Phillips screws securing the hard drive cage to the hard drive.