The PS3 system hard disk drive (HDD) is removable and upgradeable. An upgrade can be performed by removing the hard drive and replacing it with a larger capacity drive. Please be advised that if you replace the hard drive, the data that was on the original hard drive will not show up on the PS3 unless you manually back up PS3 data and transfer it to the replacement hard drive.

Be sure to select the correct model PS3. (To find the model of the PS3, look on the back on the system and look for the bar code. The model number is the last digits at the end of the serial number label, that start with the letters “CECH”.)

NOTES:

  • Please note that the PS3 system will prompt you to format the inserted hard drive if it isn’t the original. This will happen even if the hard drive was from a different PS3 system.
  • The HDD must be a 2.5” internal Serial ATA HDD. Parallel ATA is not supported.
  • Upgrading the HDD will not void the warranty, however, the consumer takes full responsibility when upgrading the HDD.
  • To back up the data on the HDD, you may use the back up utility on the PS3.

Required Replacement Screws

The PS3 uses the following screws to attach the hard drive. Visit your local computer or electronics store to find these screws.

For models CECHA01, CECHB01, CECHE01, CECHG01, CECHH01, CECHK01, CECHL01, CECHP01

  • Four flat head screws that attach the hard drive to the metal frame: M3 x 4 x 0.5mm thread pitch
  • One flat head blue screw: M3 x 4 x 0.5mm thread pitch

For model CECH-2001A, CECH-2001B, CECH-2101A, CECH-2101B, CECH-2501A, CECH-2501B, CECH-3001A, CECH-3001B

  • Four flat head screws that attach the hard drive to the metal frame: M3 x 4 x 0.5mm thread pitch
  • One flat head blue screw: M3 x 10 x 0.5mm thread pitch

Replacing the HDD

Please choose your model:

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