When you start playing more games, your PS3 memory gets filled up to the brim, and you will need a bigger hard drive. Here are the steps in upgrading your PS3 hard drive:
- Prepare the materials. You will need the following materials:
- A flat head screwdriver, and a Phillips head screwdriver, preferably one that is durable since computer screws are placed tightly
- External hard drive, or a memory stick/flash drive to back up existing files in the old hard drive
- A new internal PS3 hard drive that is compatible with your PlayStation unit. Make sure you get the right size that fits into the PS3 console4A clean working table.
- Back up your files. Using an external hard drive or a memory stick/flash drive, copy all your existing files from the hard drive that you are about to replace. If you have enough time, you can select the files you want to keep and just leave the ones you intend to delete. Double check if there were no errors in copying the files. Open some of the most important files and see if they are working properly.
- Disconnect the power cable. Once the files have been backed up, you can now shut down the PS3 unit, and then disconnect the power chord from the plug. This is a very important safety measure, to make sure there is no current flowing while you remove and replace the hard drive.
- Remove the old hard disc drive. Unscrew the PS3 plastic side panel with the flat head screwdriver, and then remove the cover to show the hard drive bay. A blue screw that attaches the hard drive to the console can be seen. Use the Phillips head screwdriver to remove this. When the screw is removed, a metal latch is pulled out, and the drive tray can be moved to slide out the drive. Remove the screws that attach the hard disc to the tray, and then remove the old hard disc.
- Put the new hard disc drive in place. You can now place the new hard drive on the tray and replace the screws. Make sure the screws are placed tightly. Then slide the tray back into the console and replace the latch, the blue screw, and the plastic cover.
- Format and test the new hard drive. Plug in the PS3 console and turn it on. Format the new hard drive and move your files from the old hard drive. Check whether the files are working. You can now enjoy the speed and space of your new PS3 hard drive.
As to your old hard drive, you can still find it useful as an external hard drive. Just place it in an external drive enclosure to make it portable. You can also sell it to computer hardware shops, although it will be much cheaper as compared to brand new hard disc drives with the same storage capacity.