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[PS3™ system] Updated 05/06/2013
 

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 the data and transfer it to the replacement hard drive.

For complete instructions on how to properly upgrade the hard disk drive, see pages 16-18 in the PS3 system Safety and Support guide. 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.
  • Sony Computer Entertainment America, LLC (SCEA) does not have any information regarding specific compatibility or recommendations for hard disk drives for the PS3 system. Proper operation is not guaranteed for all models.
  • Upgrading the HDD will not void the warranty, however, the consumer takes full responsibility when upgrading the HDD.
  • Speed of the hard drive does help when reading and writing data to the PS3, however, the system will still determine the overall speed of the system.
  • To back up the data on the HDD, you may use the back up utility on the PS3.


Serial number location

Model# CECH-4001B, CECH-4001C

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Model# CECH-2001A, CECH-2001B, CECH-2101A, CECH-2101B, CECH-2501A, CECH-2501B, CECH-3001A, CECH-3001B

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All other models

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Replacing the HDD

Please choose your model:


 

For 20GB (model# CECHB01) , 40GB (model# CECHG01), 60GB (model# CECHA01), and 80GB (model# CECHE01) only

  1. Turn off the PS3 by touching the power button on the system front for at least two seconds. The power indicator will turn solid red and the system will enter standby mode.
  2. Turn off the system using the main power switch on the system rear.
  3. Unplug the AC power cord and detach the other cables from the system. For safety reasons, remove the plug for the power cord from the electrical outlet, and then detach the other cables.
  4. Remove the HDD bay cover on the system's left side. Use the space at the right edge of the HDD bay cover to pull it out from the system. If the cover is difficult to remove, gently insert a small screwdriver in the space and pry the cover off. Be careful not to damage the system or the cover when using a screwdriver.

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  5. Free the hard disk from the system.
    1. Remove the blue screw with an appropriate crosshead screwdriver. (Be careful when removing the blue screw and use the correct size screwdriver, as it may become stripped if forcing the screw out.)
    2. Raise the metal handle.
    3. Slide the hard disk to the right.

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  6. Remove the hard disk from the system. Use the metal handle to pull the hard disk out from the system.

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  7. Now you must remove the hard drive from the metal frame. Use a crosshead screwdriver to remove the screws (4 places).

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  8. Remove the hard disk from the metal frame. Lift one end and slide the hard disk out to remove.

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  9. Place the replacement hard disk on the PS3 system hard disk's metal frame, and then attach using the screws (4 places). Do not overtighten the screws.
  10. Install the hard disk in the system. Fully insert the hard disk in the HDD bay, and then slide it to the left. Attach the blue screw to lock the hard disk in place. Refer to step 6 from above and go in reverse order when installing.
  11. Reattach the HDD bay cover.
  12. Turn on the PS3 system. Follow the on-screen instructions to perform initial setup.
  13. Reinstall the system software. Click here for instructions on reinstalling the system software.

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For 40GB (model# CECHH01), 80GB (CECHK01, CECHL01), and 160GB (CECHP01) only

  1. Turn off the PS3 by touching the power button on the system front for at least two seconds. The power indicator will turn solid red and the system will enter standby mode.
  2. Turn off the system using the main power switch on the system rear.
  3. Unplug the AC power cord, and then detach the other cables from the system. For safety reasons, remove the plug for the power cord from the electrical outlet, and then detach the other cables.
  4. Remove the HDD bay cover on the system's left side. Use the space at the left edge of the HDD bay cover to pull it out from the system. If the cover is difficult to remove, gently insert a small screwdriver in the space and pry the cover off. Be careful not to damage the system or the cover when using a screwdriver.

    Replace HDD line drawing 6

  5. Free the hard disk from the system.
    1. Remove the blue screw with an appropriate crosshead screwdriver. (Be careful when removing the blue screw and use the correct size screwdriver, as it may become stripped if forcing the screw out.)
    2. Pull the handle forward. Pull while sliding the handle to the left. Be careful not to hurt yourself during this operation.

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  6. Remove the hard disk from the system. Pull the handle farther to remove the hard disk from the system.

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  7. Now you must remove the hard drive from the metal frame. Use a crosshead screwdriver to remove the screws (4 places).

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  8. Remove the hard disk from the metal frame.

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  9. Place the replacement hard disk on the PS3 system hard disk's metal frame, and then attach using the screws (4 places). Do not overtighten the screws.
  10. Install the hard disk in the system. Fully insert the hard disk in the HDD bay. Attach the blue screw to lock the hard disk in place. Refer to step 6 from above and go in reverse order when installing.
  11. Reattach the HDD bay cover.
  12. Turn on the PS3 system. Follow the on-screen instructions to perform initial setup.
  13. Reinstall the system software. Click here for instructions on reinstalling the system software.

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For 120GB (model# CECH-2001A, CECH-2101A), 160GB (model# CECH-2501A, CECH-3001A), 250GB (model# CECH-2001B, CECH-2101B), 320GB (model# CECH-2501B, CECH-3001B) only

  1. Press the power button to turn the PS3 off. The power indicator turns solid red and the system enters standby mode.
  2. Unplug the AC power cord, and then disconnect the other cables from the system. For safety reasons, remove the plug for the power cord from the electrical outlet, and then detach the other cables.
  3. Place the system upside down on a soft, dry cloth, and then open the screw cover. Use the notch located above the screw cover to slightly pull up the cover, then rotate the cover as shown in the diagram. If the cover is hard to pull up, insert a tool such as a flathead screwdriver in the notch and gently pull the cover up.

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  4. Remove the screw that fastens the hard disk in place, and then remove the HDD bay cover.
    1. Remove the blue screw with an appropriate crosshead screwdriver. (Be careful when removing the blue screw and use the correct size screwdriver, as it may become stripped if forcing the screw out.)
    2. Slide the HDD bay cover to the left, and then remove the cover.

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  5. Remove the hard disk from the system. Pull the handle upwards, and then pull out the hard disk from the system.

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  6. Now you must remove the hard drive from the metal frame. Use a crosshead screwdriver to remove the screws (4 places).

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  7. Hold the hard disk by the edges, and then turn it over. Make sure to grasp firmly by the opening on either side to prevent slipping.

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  8. Remove the hard disk from the metal frame.

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  9. Place the replacement hard disk on the PS3 hard disk's metal frame, and then attach using the screws (4 places). Do not overtighten the screws.
  10. Install the hard disk in the system. Fully insert the hard disk in the HDD bay and slide the HDD bay cover back onto the system. Attach the blue screw to lock the hard disk in place. Refer to step 5 from above and go in reverse order when installing.
  11. Turn on the PS3 system. Follow the on-screen instructions to perform initial setup.
  12. Reinstall the system software. Click here for instructions on reinstalling the system software.

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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

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