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How to swap out your PS3 HDD for something bigger

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Ever wonder if it was possible to replace the hard drive in your PS3 with something a bit more beefy? Well the short answer is…yes! 😀

It’s actually pretty simple. First step is to back up, you need to temporarily transfer all  your existing stuff from the PS3 hard drive onto an external USB HDD. Use the PS3’s “Save Data Utility” to transfer it.

Now switch the PS3 off, flip it over, remove the HDD and detach the metal shield. Now re-attach the shield to your new (bigger! :D) 2.5″ HDD and shove it back in.

Switch the console on again, format and transfer all your files back again and you’re done. Rinse and repeat.

Source: gamepro

Last Updated: August 2, 2007


  1. ocelot

    August 2, 2007 at 15:06

    Its in the PS3 manual….


  2. LazySAGamer

    August 2, 2007 at 15:11

    And now it’s on the web for easy reference 😉

    Still one of the best features of the PS3 in my humble opinion. Microsoft could learn from this.


  3. feo

    August 2, 2007 at 15:26

    If only you could do this with the 360 Core :)…


  4. Ruslan

    August 2, 2007 at 21:37

    Err… exactly for what? I have a PC exactly for this kind of thing. Doh. Linux on the PS3? Yay!


  5. papa-action

    August 3, 2007 at 08:30

    For the hi-def trailer downloads, PSN game downloads, 1GB+ Game demos, PVR functionality (Linux + Myth TV for now, probable digital TV tuner in future)


  6. Ruslan

    August 3, 2007 at 08:33

    Oh I forgot, the PS3 is a computer. My bad.


  7. Max0991

    August 3, 2007 at 12:06

    There is a damn video of how to do it on Youtube for someone that understands pictures better than words.


  8. PillsburyDeeBoy

    August 5, 2007 at 20:28

    My question has been and will remain: will this void warranty…?


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