The following guide explains how to remove and replace the PS3 hard drive.
* 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.
* 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 assumes all risks and liabilities associated 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 PS3 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.
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.
a. Remove the blue screw with a crosshead screwdriver.
b. Raise the metal handle.
c. Slide the hard disk to the right.
6. Remove the hard disk from the system.
Use the metal handle to pull the hard disk out from the system.
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. 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. 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)
Attach the blue screw to lock the hard disk in place.
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.