So you bought the Playstation 3. Good for You. Now you have no room left on your Hard drive because you filled it up with content from the playstation store and music. If only you hav a bigger Hard Drive.
FEAR NOT! I bring you the best guide out there on removing and replacing your Hard Drive with a much bigger one that you will have plenty of space on.
I present to you:
The ULTIMATE ultimate guide to replacing your PS3 Hard Drive
The next installment to "The ULTIMATE ultimate guide series," by jg101987
Section 1: Stuff You Should Know Section 2: About Your Current Hard Drive Section 3: What Do I Need to Replace a Hard Drive? Section 4: Before Taking Apart Your Hard Drive Section 5: Disassembly Section 6: Re-Assembly Section 7: Formatting Section 8: Re-Transferring the Data Section 9: Info
Section 1: Stuff You Should Know
Throughout this guide you will see several terms that you may not be familiar with:
Byte = The most basic unit of storage on a Hard Drive Format = The process of deleting and restoring a Hard Drive GB = Gigabyte HDD = Hard Drive PS3 = Playstation 3
When you do decide to replace the HDD, please note that replacing the HDD will NOT void the warranty
Section 2: About Your Current Hard Drive
The actual definition for a GB is 1,073,741,824 bytes. Sony realizes this and programs this into the PS3. However, The HDD company uses the common definition that a GB is 1,000,000,000 bytes. 1,073,741,824 bytes multiplied by 60 GB is 64,424,509,440 bytes, but 1,000,000,000 bytes multiplied by 60 is 60,000,000,000. The difference is about 4.5 GB which is why your PS3 says 55 GB when your box says 60GB.
Section 3: What Do I Need to Replace a Hard Drive?
There are only a few things needed to replace the current PS3 HDD.
Phillips Screwdriver Regular Screwdriver Hard Drive 20 Minutes
When you buy a HDD it must have the following specs:
5400 RPM 2.5" Mobile SATA Hard Drive
Section 4: Before Taking Apart Your Hard Drive
Before you take apart your PS3 to replace the HDD, you must transfer any data you may want to keep.
Option 1: (recommended) Backup your PS3 HDD to another storage media Option 2: Copy files to an external HDD Option 3: Copy files to a USB Flash Drive Option 4: Copy files to a Memory stick of some sort (60 GB model only)
Which ever way you choose, (this only applies to options 2-4) you may need to do several transfers from the PS3 to a Storage media, to a PC to get all of the data you want.
Section 5: Disassembly
Here are the step-by-step instructions on removing the HDD from the PS3:
1. On the side of the PS3, there is a small, black plate that you can pry out with a regular (flathead) screwdriver
2. After doing this, there is one screw in the center to remove
3. That will enable you to lift the small metal lever up so you can slide the HDD (and it's cage) to the right and pull it out
4. Now remove the 4 screws on each corner of the cage to slide the HDD out
Here are the step-by-step instructions putting the HDD in the PS3:
1. Slide the new HDD into the cage, and replace the 4 screws to secure it in place 2. Place the cage (with the HDD now secured inside) back into the PS3 and place the lever in it’s down position 3. Replace the screw in the center 4. Replace the cover 5. You may now plug in you PS3 and proceed to the next section
Section 7: Formatting
When you put the HDD in as described above, and turn the system on. You will see: "The Disk must be formatted"
Select yes and the following will appear: Are you sure you want to continue?"
Select yes and wait for it to finish. Once it is done you will see: "Format Complete. Press X to restart."
The system will then restart.
Section 8: Re-Transferring the Data
To re-transfer the data you copied by means described in Section 4, simply restore the HDD using your backup (in the settings menu, or copy from your other storage media or PC back to your PS3.
Section 9: Info
Please Note that the writer of this article is in no way responsible for any damage you do to you PS3.
Also, replacing the HDD does NOT void you warranty.
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Great post man! Thanks for explaining it in such simple terms. I've got about 4.5 GB left on my 60GB drive and although I'm overdue for deleting a BUNCH of old demos I no longer play and video previews and such I'd rather keep everything (execept the movie teasers) than have to delete to free up space. Thanks again. Oh, yeah, almost forgot...when you're transfering the data can you transfer to game demos too or will I have to download them all, again, off the PSN?
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