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29 Apr 2012

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Replacing blu ray drive because mine bust!

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Hi I've recently bought a blu ray drove for ps3 online to put in my broken ps3. But when it arrived it looked a little different too the one already inside, as In the motherboard was inside and didn't have the same amount of wires going from the motherboard too the drive itself. Connections too the Playstation from the drive where the same but it looks as though it's from an earlier or later version ps3 than mine. Was just wondering if anyone can relate too this problem and maybe give me a solution as in to weather I can make it fit or tell me what model ps3 body id have to buy for it to fit in. My ps3 is a 40 gig one. Any help will be muchly appreciated! Thanks
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Re: Replacing blu ray drive because mine bust!

All PS3 take the same type of hard drive. 2.5" SATA.
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Re: Replacing blu ray drive because mine bust!

Sorry I think you misread, it's the blu ray drive I'm talking about
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Re: Replacing blu ray drive because mine bust!

Ah yes, my mistake. Sorry.

Blu-ray drives that people buy externally for replacement don't tend to work in the PS3. There's been a lot of threads here about this.

Think you might just have to get Sony to replace it.
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Re: Replacing blu ray drive because mine bust!

Could this drive I have be for the ps3 slimline? With the
Motherboard for the drive under a metal cover?
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Re: Replacing blu ray drive because mine bust!

Think it may be for an 80bg ps3 maybe. Will have to buy a broken one on eBay that just needs a new drive. Gutted! Anyone
Got one lol?
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Hey dude, when I replaced my 80GB blu-ray drive I got the replacement drive here:

http://www.consoleparts4u.co.uk/sony-ps3-console-24-c.asp

When I ordered (about a month ago) they were offering a £10 refund if you send them the broken drive.

 

I had to detach the motherboard from the original drive, attach it to the new one and then replace the drive. I couldn't find a guide for the 80GB specifically but it seems to work fine now.

 

So it is certainly possible to repair, just make sure you've got the right drive and that you make sure you're aware of any risks before you start :Thumbs:

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When replacing the drive you should always ensure you're getting the EXACT same drive as a replacement, otherwise there's a good chance it'll either break immediately, or not even be compatible with the motherboard. There's dozens of different PS3 BD Drives, but you need to ensure you're getting the right one.

40GB PS3, or Fat PS3 isn't accurate enough for this though, you'll need the part numbers for the BluRay drive to be sure. :smileywink:

Good luck and I'm glad I'm not you! Replacing the BluRay drive is pretty risky. Make sure you're taking all the necessary safety steps and don't hurt yourself!
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There's a compatibility list here:

 

http://www.consoleparts4u.co.uk/replacement-sony-ps3-bluray-drive-kem-410aca-type-399-p.asp

 

Although yeah you might still want to bust your PS3 open and check the drive itself. After all, you'll only be opening it up later anyway.

 

As far as risk goes, replacing the drive itself isn't particularly risky - changing the laser possibly, but for the drive itself you shouldn't need to deal with any components of the PS3 apart from the blu-ray drive, its connectors and its motherboard.

 

You know, ground yourself, don't touch components more than you have to, be careful with the ribbon cables etc.

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Also, don't make more work for yourself! :smileywink:

It may seem obvious but the more things you tinker with, the more likely things are to go wrong! Its easy to get distracted by the shiny things inside.

One last thing to those who have new PS3's or are less experienced: DO NOT TRY THIS YOURSELF. If your PS3 is under warranty Sony will replace it for free! Also, if you don't know your SATA from your FAT32 then you should probably leave the lid of the console firmly shut and get a professional to do it. :smileyhappy:
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