Things you will need
1. Larger SATA notebook (2.5″) hard drive (hd), 5400rpm or 7400rpm.
We chose a 5400rpm model for temperature considerations. Also there are two types of SATA drive – SATA-150 and SATA-300 (differences are the data transmission speeds – either 1.5Gb/sec or 3Gb/sec. The PS3 supports 1.5Gb/sec only so no need to pay any extra for SATA-300 as these will not run at maximum speed.
2. (optional if you need to back up your PS3 hard drive first) External HD or large USB drive formatted to FAT32 to backup your PS3 downloads or anything on the oem hd.
32gb is the larger FAT32 partition for Windows XP. So if you fill up the 60gb ps3 drive you can’t back up the whole drive.
Maybe a larger partition can be made on a MacOS but we’re not familiar.
3. A ph1 or ph2 sized phillips screwdriver to avoid stripping the hard drive screws.
Be very careful because the screws maybe over torqued and are soft.
What you have to do to upgrade your Hard Drive
(The next three steps are optional if you want to backup what is already on your hard drive).
1. Connect the external hd or usb drive by usb to the ps3. Turn on the external hd.
2. Turn on the ps3.
3. Backup the ps3 data. (optional)
On the ps3 xmb
Settings – System Settings – Backup Utility – Backup
The duration of this process will depend on the amount of data on the ps3.
4. Turn off the ps3 and unplug all cables from the rear.
5. On the right hand side of the ps3 you will see a plastic tab with an HDD sticker. Remove this from the right edge with a thin lever.
6. Discharge static electricity from your body. Unscrew the blue screw in the middle.
7. Lift the tab and push the hd to the right. Now you can pull out the ps3 hd.
8. Remove all four (4) screws that hold the oem SATA hd to the hard drive carrier.
9. Install your new hd with the label facing up, and the ports are exposed by using the four (4) screws.
10. Insert the hd, and hard drive carrier to the right of the ps3 hard drive port using the tab.
11. Slide the hd to the left with the tab. You will feel the SATA and power connectors engage.
12. Flip tab down and secure the hd with the blue screw.
13. Reinstall the plastic hd port cover.
14. Turn on the ps3 and it will recognize that it’s a new hd.
15. Format the hd.
16. A reboot of the ps3 will be required.
17. Most of your settings will be restored.
18. Restore the ps3 data. (optional)
On the ps3 xmb
Settings – System Settings – Backup Utility – Restore
The duration of this process will depend on the amount of data on the external hd.
19. A reboot will need to be performed.
20. PS3 hard drive upgrade completed. (Well done – crack open a beer!)
(You can get a Fujitsu 250Gb internal PS3 compatible hard drive for only £56 here)
Video Guide (3 mins)