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Hey dude, when I replaced my 80GB blu-ray drive I got the replacement drive here:
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:
There's a compatibility list here:
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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