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Warning: Sony and I will not be held liable for any damage or loss of data when changing your HDD.

 

Welcome to the Unofficial PS3 Hard Drive Upgrade Thread

This thread was put together by Timesplitter_01 because it would seem that there seems to be a lot of questions about replacing internal hard drives and trying to use external hard drives to back things up. This thread will continuously change when more information surfaces. This thread is a combination of information gathered from all over the web in one place.

Important Questions

Q: Does replacing your PS3 void your warranty?
A: Simple answer is NO. But if you try to modify or take it apart it then this could void your warranty

Q: Will I need to keep the old 60GB internal Hard Drive?
A: Yes you will need to keep the old one in case you have to send in your PS3 for Service and you will need to put the 60GB back into the PS3

Q: Do I need to be careful with the screws?
A: This is probably the hardest bit of the whole process - trying not to strip the screws. From what I have read and watched it would seem if you get the correct size screwdrvier and apply some pressure when you are unscrewing them then it should come out fine with out stripping them

HINTS

Before we start anything I must stress that you have your DATA backup, espically your game data so that you can transfer it. The Device has to be formated in FAT32

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

1 NOTEBOOK 2.5 INCH HDD SATA ANY SIZE (We recommend staying with the same RPM as the PS3’s original HDD, 5400RPM. You can upgrade to 7200RPM, of course, but we cannot promise that it will not have ill-effects on your machine.)
1 MINI PHILLIPS HEAD SCREWDRIVER
1 MINI FLATHEAD SCREWDRIVER
1 SOLID PLACE TO WORK
1 EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE or USB (FORMATED TO FAT32)

GOOD VIDEO RESOURCE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgMSoP1sHPk

FIRST STEP- BACK UP

1. There are 2 ways to back up your data. Simple or Comprehensive

Simple

- GO to saved data utility under GAMES and press triangle and then select copy from the opitions and then select the destination
- Use the same for Music and Photos,etc
- However as Far as I know you can not save the actual game down this way eg PSN downloads

Comprehensive

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJDYgQtkk5A

- Go to settings
- Select system settings
- Back up utility
- Back up

and then select the Destination. The device has to be formated in FAT32 to be recognised by the PS3. This way everything gets backed up including the PSN downloads ( I am not sure of things that are protected though eg WarHawk).

http://manuals.playstation.net/document/en...kuputility.html


STEP 2 - Removing the hard disk

Before I start this section and section 3 I would like to say that this is the work of ifmracin of the US playstation forums. He has been helping people on the USA forum out with many questions. My thanks goes out to him for creating the thread on the US playstation forums.

Anyways

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.

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 asmall screwdriver in the space and pry the cover off. Be careful not to damage the system or the cover when using a screwdriver.

 

http://www.ifmracing.com/pictures/PS3/HDD/2.jpg

 

5. Free the hard disk from the system. This had 4 steps

i) Remove the blue screw with a crosshead screwdriver.

 

http://www.ifmracing.com/pictures/PS3/HDD/3.jpg

 

ii) Raise the metal handle

iii) Slide the hard disk to the right

 

http://www.ifmracing.com/pictures/PS3/HDD/4.jpg

 

iv) Use the metal handle to pull the hard disk out from the system.

 

http://www.ifmracing.com/pictures/PS3/HDD/5.jpg

 

 

STEP 3 - Replacing the Hard Disk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5t5oyKgbEy0

1. Use a crosshead screwdriver to remove the screws (4 places).

IMPORTANT: These screws are very tight, be sure to find a screwdriver that fits very well, and take your time.

 

http://www.ifmracing.com/pictures/PS3/HDD/6.jpg

 

2. Remove the hard disk from the metal frame. Lift one end and slide the hard disk out to remove

 

http://www.ifmracing.com/pictures/PS3/HDD/7.jpg

 

3. Place the replacement hard disk on the PS3™ system hard disk's metal frame, and then attach using the screws (4 places).

IMPORTANT : 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.

 

http://www.ifmracing.com/pictures/PS3/HDD/9.jpg

 

Attach the blue screw to lock the hard disk in place. Refer to the instructions for
"Removing the hard disk" in reverse order when installing.

5. Reattach the HDD bay cover.

6. Turn on the PS3™ system. Follow the on-screen instructions to perform initial setup.

STEP 4 - Restoring the back up DATA

Simple Restore ( if you did simple backup)

Just copy all the information back to where you copied it from

Comprehensive Restore (if you did Comprehensive Backup)

1. Once the PS3 has formatted your new HDD go to settings
2. Select System settings
3. Backup utility
4. Restore


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.

2.5" form (generally refered to as a notebook drive)
Serial ATA interface, also shown as SATA
9.5mm Height

IMPORTANT: It is not recommended to sell or get rid of your factory hard drive. If you ever need to send it to Sony for repair, you are going to want to put the origional drive back in prior to sending it in.A good use for it is to get an external USB enclosure and convert it into a portable USB hard drive.

VIDEO RESOURCES

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkM9wiZePfs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJDYgQtkk5A

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17-1HKZSnvw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEdsqS8g5f0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgMSoP1sHPk (GOOD Resource)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAM0DN4k7L4 (ALSO good)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4aRi8szadk


RESOURCES

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEdsqS8g5f0

http://www.cnet.com.au/games/ps3/0,2390357...39282375,00.htm

http://boardsus.playstation.com/playstatio...thread.id=32840

http://au.gamespot.com/features/6176090/index.html

Drives that Work

IMPORTANT
160GB HDD - Will give you appromatiley 130 GB out of 149 GBof space left
250 GB HDD - Will give you 205 GB of place to use out of 232GB available

http://www.bigbruin.com/2007/wdscorpio250_6

80GB 5400RPM

Fujitsu MHV2080BH 80GB 5400 RPM Serial ATA150 Notebook Hard Drive - OEM
Fujitsu MHW2080BH 80GB 5400 RPM Serial ATA150 Notebook Hard Drive - Retail
Western Digital Scorpio WD800BEVS 80GB 5400 RPM Serial ATA150 Notebook Hard Drive - OEM
HITACHI Travelstar 5K100 HTS541080G9SA00 (0A26924) 80GB 5400 RPM Serial ATA150 Notebook Hard Drive - OEM
SAMSUNG FlashON HM08HHI 80GB 5400 RPM Serial ATA150 Notebook Hard Drive - OEM
SAMSUNG Spinpoint M Series HM080JI 80GB 5400 RPM Serial ATA150 Notebook Hard Drive - OEM
HITACHI Travelstar 5K120 HTS541280H9SA00 (0A50158) 80GB 5400 RPM Serial ATA150 Notebook Hard Drive - OEM


80GB 7200RPM

HITACHI Travelstar 7K100 HTS721080G9SA00 (0A25026) 80GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Notebook Hard Drive - OEM
Seagate Momentus 7200.1 ST980825AS 80GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Notebook Hard Drive - OEM


100GB 5400RPM

Fujitsu MHW2100BH 100GB 5400 RPM Serial ATA150 Notebook Hard Drive - OEM
Seagate Momentus 5400.2 ST9100824AS 100GB 5400 RPM Serial ATA150 Notebook Hard Drive - OEM


100GB 7200RPM

Seagate Momentus 7200.1 ST910021AS 100GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Notebook Hard Drive - OEM


120GB 5400RPM

TOSHIBA MK1234GSX 120GB 5400 RPM Serial ATA150 Notebook Hard Drive - OEM
Western Digital Scorpio WD1200BEVS 120GB 5400 RPM Serial ATA150 Notebook Hard Drive - OEM
Seagate Momentus 5400.2 ST9120821AS 120GB 5400 RPM Serial ATA150 Notebook Hard Drive - OEM
Seagate Momentus 5400.3 ST9120822AS 120GB 5400 RPM Serial ATA150 Notebook Hard Drive - OEM
SAMSUNG Spinpoint M Series HM120JI 120GB 5400 RPM Serial ATA150 Notebook Hard Drive - OEM


160GB 5400RPM

SAMSUNG Spinpoint M Series HM160JI 160GB 5400 RPM Serial ATA150 Notebook Hard Drive - OEM
Western Digital Scorpio WD1600BEVS 160GB 5400 RPM Serial ATA150 Notebook Hard Drive - OEM
HITACHI Travelstar 5K160 HTS541616J9SA00 (0A28844) 160GB 5400 RPM Serial ATA150 Notebook Hard Drive - OEM
Seagate Momentus 5400.3 ST9160821AS 160GB 5400 RPM Serial ATA150 Notebook Hard Drive - OEM
Fujitsu MHW2160BH 160GB 5400 RPM Serial ATA150 Notebook Hard Drive - Retail


200GB 4200RPM

TOSHIBA MK2035GSS 200GB 4200 RPM Serial ATA150 Notebook Hard Drive - OEM
HITACHI Travelstar 7K200 HTS722020K9SA00 (0A50940) 200GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Notebook Hard Drive - OEM


250GB 5400RPM

SAMSUNG Spinpoint M Series HM250JI 250GB 5400 RPM Serial ATA150 Notebook Hard Drive - OEM
Western Digital Scorpio WD2500BEVS 250GB 5400 RPM Serial ATA150 Notebook Hard Drive - OEM

5400 Vs 7200 rpm drives

These temps were the highest temps noted w/ room temp of 78.

5400rpm - 111 degrees
7200rpm - 116 degrees

GT-HD
5400rpm - 1:42.636
7200rpm - 1:32.993
Almost 10 seconds off the install time. About 10% increase in speed.

Jericho demo
5400rpm - 2:08.629
7200rpm - 1:58.685
Again, about 10 seconds off install time. And about 8% increase in speed.

Tony Hawk demo
5400rpm - 4:11.184
7200rpm - 3:32.045
Almost 40 seconds off it's install time. Coming in at a nice 16% increase in speed.

DiRT demo
5400rpm - 1:29.289
7200rpm - 1:25.385
This one had 4 seconds shaved off. Not as good, but still about 5% increase in speed.

Notices

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.

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. Over 2TB you might need to start thinking about things like UEFI, in which case you'd have to ask someone who knows what they are talking about, but on my authourity as a complete hardware novice I think it would work.

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I recently upgraded my hdd to a 500gb one. I backed up my trophy on the server but now i can't seem to resync it with my unit. what can i do to get my trophies back. as for my account i can't seem to access the saved games even though i backed up my data properly. does the old hdd need to be updated to the recent firmeware before you back up or is it ok the old hdd i think is running on 4.60 fw and the latest is 4.65. i can't remember if I updated my old hdd before replacing it.

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lost trophies and account can't access saves

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You need to use the same user profile, linked to the same psn id.
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i used the same profile and same psn id and i synced and reactivated the psn profile. any solutions? if it cannot be resynced can i contact sony or playstation network to help in restoring my trophies and games downloaded?

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Syncing will take a long time and/or many attempts after installing a new hdd.
Games and dlc can be downloaded from your download list, or the ps store.
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how can i properly sync my trophies? and can the accounts change from r3 to r1 after replacing the hard drive?

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Hello,

 

I'm due to receive my new 500 Gig H.D. for my PS-3 Wednesday. I've seen a very good video on you tube about how to backup and swap drives and restore. I've already done a system backup to an external H.D. formatted to FAT32. I've done lot's of game play since I did this over a week ago. Is there a way of doing an ongoing backup, or will I have to redo the current backup so it's up to date??

 

I was also wondering if the saved video's I have are included in the backup process, or do I have to back those up separately? If I'm not mistaken, I read or saw a video explaining all this and it noted that trophie backups had to be done seperately?  Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

 

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No, there is no incremental backup feature - you have to do the full backup again.
For safety's sake, copy any save files, photos, music and videos to usb as well. Everything else can be downloaded again if necessary.
Sync your trophies before you start the operation :)
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Does this give the option of backing up all you have in PSHome?  Gamers like me have invested thousands in PSHome, why doesn't sony incorporate Home in Neotopia???

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I'm looking at upgrading my kids 12gb slim to a 500gb drive. On their PS3 they have 3 accounts set up. When I back up the info I take it all saves and data from all 3 screen names will back up at once or do I need to sign in to all 3 screens 1 by 1?
Im reasonably technically minded but not sure how to back up data though my 11 year old seems to think he knows it all lol!
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Forgot to ask, does this HDD look compatible? There's so many figures to remember I just want to be sure
http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/wd-500gb-sata-3-25-inch-hard-drive-a71lk
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Not so sure about that drive, I don't see the magic 9.5mm thickness measurement.
Here's a list of compatible drives from Amazon - included in the list is the drive caddy you will also need. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-640GB-Cache-5400RPM-Internal/sim/B0031M9JCE/2

A full backup of the 12GB drive will backup ALL accounts. Do two backups if you can - belts and braces 😀
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Very nice post. I am replacing my PS4 hard drive with a supported 2TB one. After that, I want to install the hard drive coming with the PS4 in my 80Gb PS3. Does anybody know if I could have any issues?

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Hi,

 

What size is the old drive? I mean how many gb? so long as its sata, and up to 500gB, there should be no problem, the Ps3 may want to format it - don't know if PS3/PS4 use same format? If it wants to format - go ahead, no damage.

 

It's usually easy to try, and stop worrying. as long as you're not trying to 'force' anything, it's unlikely that any damage will result.

 

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Hi, good, solid, clear and comprehensive description.

 

However, since I didn't know there might be 'issues', I simply replaced the old 60Gb with a second-hand 320Gb from an old laptop.

This drive I knew to be OK, and it slotted in - no trouble - everything worked OK. From memory, it was a western digital, but frankly, almost any 2.5 inch, Sata drive should work well, certainly up to 500 GB.

 

Try it, stop worrying, take my advice, "take down your pants, and slide on the ice".

 

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