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Upgrading Your PS3 Hard Drive September 22, 2008

Posted by Matthew in Feature, PS3.

Having recently bought PlayTV for the PS3 I decided that It would be a good time to upgrade my HDD from the current 60GB one. The PS3 is only compatible with 2.5″ SATA HDD – 7200RPM is fine but 5400RPM is perfectly adequate and cheaper. You will also need a small Philips-headed screwdriver and some sort of external storage. Installing it is a piece of piss. Click the jump to begin.

Firstly you need to back up all of your data to some sort of external storage. This can be anything from a USB stick, external HDD or even an iPod. I used my 320GB Western Digital USB HDD.

Connect your external storage then, in the XMB go to Settings > System Settings> Backup Utility to back up your data. I had around 23GB on the PS3 HDD to back up and the whole process took around fifty minutes.

Once that is done switch off the PS3, unplug the power socket and TV cable then pop open the HDD slot cover on the left side using a flatheaded screwdriver – or something similar – on the small opening on the right side.

Unscrew the larger blue screw with the Philips screwdriver then fold out the little wire handle and slide the HDD caddy to the right to disconnect it.

Take the caddy out and unscrew the two screws on either side. Remember to keep the screws in a safe place.

Remove the old HDD from the caddy.

Out with the old. Best to keep the old Seagate HDD – just in case.

In with the new. Remove the new HDD from its packaging – should be an anti-static bag. I bought a Toshiba 320GB HDD from Ebuyer for around £52.

Put the new drive in the caddy, screws back in, slide it into the HDD slot, move the caddy to the left using the little wire handle so it plugs back in. Replace the HDD slot cover. Connect your PS3 back up and when you turn it back on you will be asked to format the hard disk. Click on “yes”.

Connect your external storage device that contains the backup of your data, then on the XMB go to Settings > System Settings > Backup Utility > Restore.

Select the backup data. There should only be one option and it should be easily identified since the file name is the time and date.

The data will then be restored from your external storage device to your shiny brand spanking new PS3 hard drive. Like the backup process this also took around fifty minutes.

PS3 Hard Drive upgrade. Done.



1. Joel - July 17, 2009

Is it always a problem when upgrading your hard drive, for it to constantly show “Hard Drive Not Found” after you’ve installed a bigger drive?

It seams like 10% of the time it does this. I’ve tried re- installing it and it doesn’t change the problem.

2. Matthew - July 17, 2009

I’ve had the same thing happen to me on a few occasions not long after I changed the HDD. Seems to be working fine now though.

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