How Do You Upgrade Your PS3 Hard Drive?


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To upgrade your PlayStation 3 hard drive, you first need to back up your hard drive. Then you can simply remove the drive, replace it with a new one, and restore your backup data. The PlayStation 3 uses laptop-style hard drives, so any standard 2.5” SATA drive is compatible.

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  1. Back up your hard drive

    Back the existing data on your hard drive up to an external USB device, like a flash drive, by using the PlayStation 3 Backup Utility. You can find this utility in the Settings menu under System Settings. Note that your USB device needs to be formatted using the FAT32 file system.

  2. Remove the hard drive enclosure

    Once you have successfully backed up your data, find and remove your hard drive. Turn off and unplug your PlayStation 3, and look at the left side of the device. Remove the plastic HDD panel, and use a Phillips head screwdriver to remove the blue restraining screw in the center. Next, pull open the metal latch, slide the metal tray slightly to the right, and carefully pull the drive enclosure out of the device.

  3. Replace your hard drive

    Use the screwdriver to remove the four screws from the sides of the enclosure. Slide your old hard drive out, and put the new one in its place. Replace the four screws to secure your new drive into the enclosure, and slide it back into the PlayStation 3. Lock down the metal latch, replace the blue restraining screw, and re-insert the plastic HDD panel.

  4. Restore your back up data

    Once you have secured your new hard drive in place, plug in and turn on your PlayStation 3. After the system formats your new drive, navigate to the Backup Utility to restore your data. This may take a few minutes. Once it’s completed, you may use the new hard drive.

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