Introduction

This guide explains how to take apart the Sony PlayStation 3 optical drive. These steps are useful for repairing or replacing the optical drive.

Remove the rubber screw cover near the hard drive cover with a spudger. Remove the rubber screw cover near the hard drive cover with a spudger.
  • Remove the rubber screw cover near the hard drive cover with a spudger.

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Remove the screw holding the top cover in place with a Torx T10 screwdriver.
  • Remove the screw holding the top cover in place with a Torx T10 screwdriver.

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Slide the top cover down about half an inch. Lift the cover off of the PS3.
  • Slide the top cover down about half an inch.

  • Lift the cover off of the PS3.

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Remove the seven screws in the top cover with a Phillips #2 screwdriver. One of the screws is shorter than the others. The short screw is marked in yellow.
  • Remove the seven screws in the top cover with a Phillips #2 screwdriver.

  • One of the screws is shorter than the others. The short screw is marked in yellow.

There is two additional small screws that need to be removed similar than the yellow one.

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You can now lift off the top cover. You can now lift off the top cover. You can now lift off the top cover.
  • You can now lift off the top cover.

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Lift the optical drive enclosure and disconnect the grey wires. Do not lift it too far up before disconnecting the wires. Do not lift it too far up before disconnecting the wires.
  • Lift the optical drive enclosure and disconnect the grey wires.

    • Do not lift it too far up before disconnecting the wires.

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Tilt the front of the optical drive enslosure upwards. Lift the black ribbon cable latch on the back side with your finger or a spudger. Disconnect the ribbon cable.
  • Tilt the front of the optical drive enslosure upwards.

  • Lift the black ribbon cable latch on the back side with your finger or a spudger.

  • Disconnect the ribbon cable.

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Remove the optical drive enclosure from the PS3.
  • Remove the optical drive enclosure from the PS3.

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Flip over the optical drive enclosure. There are four ribbon cables connected to the circuit board. Using a spudger or your finger, lift each ribbon cable latch and disconnect each ribbon cable. Remove the three screws on the board with a Phillips #00 screwdriver. Remove the two silver screws on the bottom of the case. These screws are different from the ones on the board and should be kept separate.
  • Flip over the optical drive enclosure. There are four ribbon cables connected to the circuit board. Using a spudger or your finger, lift each ribbon cable latch and disconnect each ribbon cable.

  • Remove the three screws on the board with a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

  • Remove the two silver screws on the bottom of the case. These screws are different from the ones on the board and should be kept separate.

    • Note: The longer of these two screws holds down a metal tab that comes loose as seen in the third picture.

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Using your thumbs, carefully bend out the sides of the metal enclosure. Lift the plastic enclosure out of the metal enclosure.
  • Using your thumbs, carefully bend out the sides of the metal enclosure.

  • Lift the plastic enclosure out of the metal enclosure.

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Flip over the enclosure so that the circuit board is on the bottom and the optical sensor is on top. Remove the screw on the optical sensor using a Phillips #00 screwdriver. Remove the tape on the red and black wires that connect to the optical sensor. With the wires still attached, take the sensor off the ensclosure.
  • Flip over the enclosure so that the circuit board is on the bottom and the optical sensor is on top.

  • Remove the screw on the optical sensor using a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

  • Remove the tape on the red and black wires that connect to the optical sensor. With the wires still attached, take the sensor off the ensclosure.

    • The wires on the optical sensor are very weak. They will break easily if excessive force is applied to them.

  • Remove the four black screws on the edges of the enclosure using a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

    • After taking out the screws, you don't have to open the enclosure just yet.

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Flip over the enclosure again. Remove the rest of the screws  in the corners of the circuit board.
  • Flip over the enclosure again.

  • Remove the rest of the screws in the corners of the circuit board.

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Lift the circuit board off the enclosure. The metal EM shield on the circuit board is loose, so make sure to keep it together with the circuit board. Remove the metal plate.
  • Lift the circuit board off the enclosure.

    • The metal EM shield on the circuit board is loose, so make sure to keep it together with the circuit board.

  • Remove the metal plate.

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Flip over the enclosure. Remove the black, plastic cover so that the drive and its enclosure match the first picture. Proceed carefully. There are loose parts inside the optical drive. We recommend that you tape these parts.
  • Flip over the enclosure. Remove the black, plastic cover so that the drive and its enclosure match the first picture.

    • Proceed carefully. There are loose parts inside the optical drive. We recommend that you tape these parts.

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Using a spudger, lift the brown latch and disconnect the small ribbon cable. Remove the four fat screws in the corners of the optical drive.
  • Using a spudger, lift the brown latch and disconnect the small ribbon cable.

  • Remove the four fat screws in the corners of the optical drive.

  • Using a spudger, lift the black latch and disconnect the larger ribbon cable.

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Carefully lift the optical drive out of the enclosure. Carefully lift the optical drive out of the enclosure.
  • Carefully lift the optical drive out of the enclosure.

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Conclusion

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

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When reassembling it there is a key part that needs to be exactly inline. see this video for help: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzHPRGHFj...

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