How To Change PS3 Hard Drive
Whenever you own a PS3 there will come a time when you will want to know how to change a PS3 hard drive. This could be because there is not enough storage room for your files and videos. Regardless of the reason, it is rather easy to change a PS3 hard drive; you just need to take the following steps. Before you begin make sure you purchase a new PS3 hard drive. You will need a 2.5-inch hard drive with between 5,400 and 7,200 RPM and enough storage room for your needs. Also, backup the stuff that is on your old PS3 hard drive onto an external hard drive. Use a USB cable to connect the external hard drive to your PS3. Now go to the “Settings” tab in the Cross Media Bar. Select “System Settings” and press the “X” next to where it says “Backup Utility.” This will back everything up to your external hard drive.
In order to change a PS3 hard drive you will need:
- Your PS3
- A new PS3 hard drive
- An external hard drive with a USB cable
- Small screwdriver
- Unplug your PS3 and remove the old PS3 hard drive. Turn it over onto its back and use a small screwdriver to pry the cover open. Remove the blue screw that is holding your PS3 hard drive in place. Lift the small metal lever. Push the PS3 hard drive to the right and the pull it straight out. Remove the four screws that are holding the hard drive into the metal frame, and then slide the hard drive out.
- Insert the new PS3 hard drive. Insert your new PS3 hard drive into the metal frame and replace the four screws. Insert the hard drive into your PS3 and slide it to the left and push across. Put the blue screw back in and the cover back on.
- Plug in your PS3 and format your PS3 hard drive. This is simply a matter of accepting the process when prompted, then allowing it to finish.
- Restore the saved data to your PS3 hard drive. Simply go to game, then saved data utility, then the USB device. Select the data, press the triangle and choose copy.
Now that you were able to change a PS3 hard drive, you will be able to have more room to save more files and videos. Hopefully, you won’t have to change your PS3 hard drive again any time soon.