The Ultimate guide to replacing your PS3 Hard Drive

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The Ultimate guide to replacing your PS3 Hard Drive
 

 
The following section explains how to remove and replace the hard disk.
Caution

* For safety reasons, be sure to turn off and unplug the system before
attempting to remove or install the hard disk.
* Remove the hard disk in a location out of the reach of small children to help
prevent accidental swallowing of small parts such as the screws.
* The inside of the system is hot directly after use. Allow time for the system
to cool down before starting to remove the hard disk.
* Be careful not to injure yourself when removing or handling the hard disk.
* Be sure to reattach the HDD bay cover before turning the PS3 system on.
If the cover is not attached, it may cause heat to build up inside the system.

Notices

* All hard disks, including a PS3 hard disk must be reformatted before use in a PS3
system. However, reformatting may not occur if the original PS3 hard disk is reinstalled
onto the original PS3 system that was provided with the PS3 hard disk, and such PS3
hard disk has not been previously reformatted.
* The PS3 system cannot execute any content stored on a hard disk of any other computer
or operating system, including a PS3 hard disk that has been reformatted.
* It is recommended that you regularly back up any data on the hard disk that is of a type that
can be backed up. If for any reason software or data loss or corruption occurs, it may not be
possible to restore or repair the software or data. Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and its
subsidiaries and affiliates will not be liable for damage or injury related to software or data
loss or corruption.
* The PS3 hard disk is intended for use with the PS3 system, and it may not be possible to
execute content stored on a PS3 hard disk on any other operating system.
* Improper removal or installation of a hard disk may cause damage to your PS3 system or
loss of data, and may void your PS3 hardware warranty. SCEA shall not be liable for any
resulting damages, including any damages to your hard disk. User a.ssumes all risks and
liabilities a.ssociated with using a replacement hard disk, including any incompatibility or
interoperability problems with the PS3 system. Services will not be provided on any
non-PS3 hard disks.


Removing the hard disk

1. Touch the power button on the system front for at least two seconds.

The power indicator will turn solid red and the system will enter standby mode.

2. Turn off the system using the main power switch on the system rear.

3. Unplug the AC power cord and detach the other cables from
the system.

For safety reasons, remove the plug for the power cord from the electrical outlet,
and then detach the other cables.

4. Remove the HDD bay cover on the system's left side.


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Use the space at the right edge of the HDD bay cover to pull it out from the system.

If the cover is difficult to remove, gently insert a
small screwdriver in the space and pry the cover off. Be careful not to damage the system or the cover when using a screwdriver.

5. Free the hard disk from the system.

1 Remove the blue screw with a crosshead screwdriver.


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2 Raise the metal handle.

3 Slide the hard disk to the right.


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6. Remove the hard disk from the system.


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Use the metal handle to pull the hard disk out from the system.



Notices
The hard disk is a sensitive piece of equipment and should be handled with care at all times. To help prevent software or data loss or corruption, or damage to the hard disk, carefully follow the precautions listed below:

* Do not drop the system or hard disk, or subject to physical shock or vibration.
* Do not allow liquid or small particles to get into the system or hard disk.
* Do not touch the connectors or insert foreign objects into the connectors.
* Do not place the system or hard disk close to magnetic fields such as those produced by magnets or loudspeakers. Also, do not place devices that may be sensitive to magnetic forces (such as a wrist watch or a magnetic card) near the hard disk.
* Do not put heavy objects on the hard disk.
* When handling the hard disk hold it only by the edges or metal frame.
* The hard disk is sensitive to static electricity. Ensure that proper handling methods are used when installing the hard disk.
* Store in a cool, dry location.



Replacing the hard disk
When replacing the hard disk, follow the procedure below to remove the metal frame.

1.
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Use a crosshead screwdriver to remove the screws (4 places).

These screws are very tight, be sure to find a screwdriver that fits very well, and take your time.
If you strip a screw head and want to purchase a replacement screw see the bottom of this post.


2.
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Remove the hard disk from the metal frame.
Lift one end and slide the hard disk out to remove.

3. Place the replacement hard disk on the PS3 system hard disk's metal frame, and then attach using the screws (4 places).
Do not overtighten the screws.

4. Install the hard disk in the system.
Fully insert the hard disk in the HDD bay, and then slide it to the left. (I find that using your finger works better than the wire for this)


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Attach the
blue screw to lock the hard disk in place. Refer to the instructions for
"Removing the hard disk" in reverse order when installing.

5. Reattach the HDD bay cover.

6. Turn on the PS3 system.
Follow the on-screen instructions to perform initial setup.

Replacement hard disks
You can use hard disks of the following types with the PS3 system:

Size 2.5 inch (internal type)*1 Interface format Serial ATA*2

*1 Proper operation is not guaranteed for all models.
*2 Parallel ATA is not supported.

If you lose the HDD bay cover, screws, or metal attachment, for availability of replacement parts contact SCEA Consumer Services at 1-800-345-7669.

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 7 years ago '04        #2
Da Ill One|M 4602 heat pts4602 OP
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Below are the individual drives separated by storage size that all work with the PS3...all these are from with the model number so you can search and compare prices for yourself...

If you want to you can use a 7400rpm HDD just it isn't reccommended due to how hot they get while spinning, thus shortening the life of your fan and or PS 3 itself. 5400 IS the reccomended speed by SONY themselves

60GB 7200RPM

* Fujitsu MHW2060BK 60GB 7200 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive - OEM

80GB 5400RPM

* Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD800BEVS 80GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 1.5Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive ...


80GB 7200RPM

* HITACHI Travelstar 7K200 HTS722080K9SA0 (0A50936) 80GB 7200 RPM 2.5" SATA 1.5Gb/s Internal Notebook ...
* Seagate Momentus 7200.3 ST980411AS 80GB 7200 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive - OE...





120GB 5400RPM

* Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD1200BEVT 120GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Notebook Hard Drive - OEM





120GB 7200RPM

* Fujitsu MHW2120BK 120GB 7200 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive - OEM





160GB 5400RPM

* SAMSUNG Spinpoint M Series HM160HI 160GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 1.5Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive - O...
* HITACHI Travelstar 5K320 HTS543216L9A300 (0A56413) 160GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Noteboo...
* TOSHIBA MK1652GSX(HDD2H03) 160GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 1.5Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive - OEM
* Seagate Momentus 5400.6 ST9160314AS 160GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Notebook Hard Drive - OEM
* Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD1600BEVT 160GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Driv...
* Fujitsu MHZ2160BH-G2 160GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Notebook Hard Drive - OEM
* Seagate Momentus 5400.3 ST9160821AS 160GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 1.5Gb/s Notebook Hard Drive - OEM
* Fujitsu MJA2160BH-G2 160GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive - OEM
* Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD1600BEVS 160GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 1.5Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Driv...





160GB 7200RPM

* Seagate Momentus 7200.4 ST9160412AS 160GB 7200 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive - ...
* Seagate Momentus 7200.3 ST9160411AS 160GB 7200 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive - ...
* Western Digital Scorpio Black WD1600BEKT 160GB 7200 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Dri...





250GB 5400RPM

* Seagate Momentus 5400.6 ST9250315AS 250GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive - ...
* SAMSUNG Spinpoint M6 HM251JI 250GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 1.5Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive - OEM
* HITACHI Travelstar 5K500.B HTS545025B9A300 (0A57912) 250GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Notebook Hard ...
* TOSHIBA MK2555GSX 250GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Notebook Hard Drive - OEM
* HITACHI Travelstar 5K320 0A56415 250GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive - OEM
* Fujitsu MHZ2250BH-G2 250GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive - Retail
* Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD2500BEVT 250GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Driv...
* SAMSUNG Spinpoint M7 HM250HI 250GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Notebook Hard Drive - OEM
* Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD2500BEVS 250GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 1.5Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Driv...
* Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD2500BEVSRTL 250GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 1.5Gb/s Notebook Hard Drive - Re...





250GB 7200RPM

* HITACHI 0A57546 250GB 7200 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive - OEM
* Seagate Momentus 7200.4 ST9250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Notebook Hard Drive - OEM
* Western Digital Scorpio Black WD2500BEKT 250GB 7200 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Dri...





320GB 5400RPM

* HITACHI Travelstar 5K320 HTS543232L9A300 (0A56417) 320GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Noteboo...
* SAMSUNG Spinpoint M7 HM320II 320GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive - OEM
* Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD3200BEVT 320GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Driv...
* SAMSUNG M6 Series HM320JI 320GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 1.5Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive - OEM
* HITACHI Travelstar 5K500.B HTS545032B9A300 (0A57913) 320GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Notebook Hard ...
* TOSHIBA MK3263GSX 320GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive - OEM
* Seagate Momentus 5400.6 ST9320325AS 320GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive - ...
* Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD3200BEVTRTL 320GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard D...





320GB 7200RPM

* Fujitsu MHZ2320BJ-G2 320GB 7200 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive - OEM
* HITACHI Travelstar 7K320 HTS723232L9A360 (0A57547) 320GB 7200 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Noteboo...
* Western Digital Scorpio Black WD3200BEKT 320GB 7200 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Dri...
* Seagate Momentus 7200.3 ST9320421AS 320GB 7200 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive (B...
* Seagate Momentus 7200.4 ST9320423AS 320GB 7200 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive - ...


500GB 5400RPM

*
TOSHIBA MK5055GSX 500GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Notebook Hard Drive - OEM
*
Fujitsu MJA2500BH-G2 500GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive - OEM
*
HITACHI Travelstar 5K500.B HTS545050B9A300 (0A57915) 500GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Noteb...
*
Seagate Momentus 5400.6 ST9500325AS 500GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive - ...
*
Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000BEVT 500GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Driv...



500GB 7200RPM

*
Seagate Momentus 7200.4 ST9500420AS 500GB 7200 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive -
 7 years ago '04        #3
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In case people were wondering how to do this...this guide should help
 7 years ago '05        #4
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Im rocking the 400gb 5400rpm off brand s**t, i don't even know the name of the company its so off brand. For $5 more, i could have gotten the 7200rpm version of the off brand but i got scared cuz i had my PS3 for so long that i thought the 7200rpm would make my s**t kick the bucket because its that off brand. I buckled under the got damn pressure over 5 bucks


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