With the increase in buying digital versions of PS3 titles and the amount of free titles PS+ has been offering I decided that it was time to upgrade my 120gb hard drive and install a 500gb version. Here is a step by step guide on how to upgrade the hard drive in the PS3 slim models.
-(A side note about this operation. Although this is a very simple process, please be aware that by following my description of how to replace the hard drive, I take no responsibility for any damage to either the PS3 or either hard drive. You do this at your own risk.)-
If you have game save data or anything else you want to keep on your PS3 that you want transferring to the new replacement drive then you will need to back up your PS3 on an additional external hard drive. This is a simple process which I will explain below.
Go to the PS3 cross media bar (XMB)
Go to SETTINGS, followed by SYSTEM SETTINGS, then BACKUP UTILITY and finally BACK UP.
This will now back up all of your data from your PS3 onto the external drive ready to be re installed when you have upgraded the PS3 hard drive.
-(Side note. When restoring my data from my external hard drive I found that the PS3 would not recognise the data on the external drive as it needed to install its firmware but could not find the relevant file. This sounds like an issue but there is a very quick and simple fix which i will explain. –
Connect you external hard drive that you have backed up your PS3 with to a PC, Laptop or netbook.
The external hard drive will have a new file now called PS3. Open this file and create a new folder. Call this folder UPDATE.
Go to the official Playstation website (www.playstation.com) and download the PS3 firmware from there and save it to this newly created UPDATE folder. This takes only a couple of minutes and once done you are ready to go.)
You are now ready to Replace the old hard drive from your PS3 and replace it with your new one. Here is the step by step guide on how to do so.
1) Turn your PS3 off, and disconnect it from the power source.
2) Turn your PS3 upside down.
3) You will see a latch below as pictured. This can be removed easily and then carefully undo the blue screw below it.
4) Detach the face plate under the Blu ray drive, this slides easily to one side and then removed.
5) Behind the removed face plate you will see the PS3 hard drive rack. There a wire handle, just slid the hard drive rack out.
6) To remove the original hard drive from the rack, undo 4 screws at each corner of the rack.
7) Take out the old hard drive from the rack
– The replacement hard drive you should be looking to use is the same as in most laptops and notebooks and readily available from most places as well as online and the prices are making it great value for money to upgrade your hard drive rather than paying out for a new PS3 with a bigger drive installed by Sony.
You will need to look for a SATA notebook (2.5”) hard drive. These can be found in varies memory sizes ranging from 20gb up to 1000gb. The most common to find range are the 250gb, 320gb and 500gb versions by companies such as Western Digital, Samsung and Hitatchi.
After doing a bit of research into replacement hard drives I noticed two common issues when choosing a new replacement hard drive for the PS3
1) There are two types of SATA drive. These are SATA-150 and SATA-300. The differences between these are their transmission speeds. The 150 drive works at 1.5gb/sec and the 300 drive works at 3.0gb/sec. The PS3 system supports 1.5gb/sec so paying extra for the SATA-300 drive is redundant as you will not get any extra performance for the price.
2) The speed of the hard drive. The two types available are the 5400rpm version and the 7400rpm version. The hard drives in the PS3 are 5400rpm versions. By increasing to a 7400rpm version you are going to be making the PS3 run hotter than it is intended. This could potentially cause an issue similar to the launch model 60gb PS3’s where they would heat up and fail. This is a potential risk to consider so for peace of mind and a degree of safety I opted for the 5400rpm version and i would recommend the same.
8) Insert the replacement hard drive into the hard drive rack.
9) Re attach the screws to the hard drive rack at each corner and slide the rack back into the PS3.
10) Replace the faceplate at the front of the PS3 and then redo the screw at the bottom of your PS3.
11) Replace the latch back onto the underside of the PS3 and turn the system the right way up.
12) Now turn on the PS3.
Your hard drive is now upgraded. You will now need to format the drive. Instructions on how to do so are below.
Go to the PS3 cross media bar (XMB)
Go to SETTINGS, followed by SYSTEM SETTINGS, then BACKUP UTILITY and finally RESTORE.
The PS3 will now begin to restore the data from the external hard drive that you previously backed up before replacing the internal drive on the PS3. This process time depends on how much data is being restored. Expect it to take in the region of 2-3 hours for 100gb of data.
Once finished the PS3 will need to be rebooted.
Your PS3 now has a new, larger hard drive ready and waiting to be filled up with plenty more games so time to start.
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