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PlayStation 3 Slim Blu-ray Disc Drive Replacement

Replace a broken Blu-ray drive.

  • Author: Andrew Bookholt
  • Time estimate: 30 minutes - 1 hour
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Use this guide to replace your PS3's Blu-ray disc drive. The drive is a proprietary Sony unit.

Step 1 Blu-ray Disc Drive  ¶ 

If present, remove the pieces of tape securing the cables to the body of the Blu-ray drive. If present, remove the pieces of tape securing the cables to the body of the Blu-ray drive.

Step 1 Blu-ray Disc Drive  ¶ 

  • If present, remove the pieces of tape securing the cables to the body of the Blu-ray drive.

Step 2  ¶ 

Use the flat end of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the Blu-ray ribbon cable socket.

Step 2  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the Blu-ray ribbon cable socket.

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

Step 3  ¶ 

Pull the Blu-ray ribbon cable straight up and out of its socket.

Step 3  ¶ 

  • Pull the Blu-ray ribbon cable straight up and out of its socket.

Step 4  ¶ 

Pull the Blu-ray power cable straight up to lift its connector out of the socket on the Blu-ray drive.

Step 4  ¶ 

  • Pull the Blu-ray power cable straight up to lift its connector out of the socket on the Blu-ray drive.

Step 5  ¶ 

Remove the single 9.5 mm Phillips screw securing the Blu-ray drive to the lower case.

Step 5  ¶ 

  • Remove the single 9.5 mm Phillips screw securing the Blu-ray drive to the lower case.

Step 6  ¶ 

Lift the Blu-ray drive slightly by its right edge to dislodge the control board from its housing. Remove the Blu-ray drive from the PS3.

Step 6  ¶ 

  • Lift the Blu-ray drive slightly by its right edge to dislodge the control board from its housing.

  • Remove the Blu-ray drive from the PS3.

  • After you reinstall the Blu-ray drive, be sure the control board is firmly seated in the lower case before proceeding.

  • If replacing the Blu-ray drive with a new drive, swap the circuit board from your old drive into the new drive.