[How To is a recurring feature in which we demonstrate techniques designed to improve your game, and make your skill set more than a little bit awesome. This time out, we’ll help you upgrade your PS3 hard drive.]
Hard drive space is valuable in the digital download age; even the 320GB HDD that’s available in the highest-priced PS3 can rapidly fill as you purchase games, add-ons, and video. But there’s good news! Your PS3 isn’t bound to its out-of-box capacity. We’ll show you how to increase storage by upgrading a PS3′s 60GB HDD to Western Digital Scorpion Blue — a massive 1TB drive which you can purchase from Western Digital for $85. Here’s what you’ll need:
- A Playstation 3
- A 4-inch, Number 1 Phillips head screwdriver
- A 2.5-inch internal hard drive
- A PS3 Hard Drive Caddy Cage (optional)
Ready? Let’s get started.
1. Turn the PS3 on. Back-up your saved data in XMB’s system settings options (Settings>System Settings>Backup Utility).
2. After the backup process is complete, shut down your PS3 and remove all cables.
3. Locate the HDD latch on the bottom of your PS3 and carefully remove it. Note: If your PS3 is laying vertically the latch will be on the bottom of the Playstation, if it is laying horizontally the latch will be found on the left side of the Playstation.
4. Remove the blue top screw with a Phillips head screwdriver. Note: Be extremely careful when removing this screw as it is prone to being easily stripped.
5. Flip up the latch (next to blue screw in picture 2) of the hard drive cage and slide it to the right. Pull it out of the PS3.
6. Locate the four silver screws on the side of the hard drive cage (there are two on each side) and using a 4-inch long, number 1 Phillips head screwdriver. Carefully remove these screws as they are also prone to being stripped. Note: This step is optional if the new hard drive is already in a PS3 hard drive cage.
7. Place the new hard drive into the cage correctly and replace the silver screws you originally removed in step 6 (if you did step 6).
8. Put the new hard drive back into the bottom of the Playstation 3 and once again, carefully, screw back in the blue top screw. Now place the HDD latch back on the ps3 and reconnect the system.
9. The Playstation will state the hard drive needs to be formatted. Select “Yes” and continue.
10. When the format is complete restore the data back onto the Playstation. Settings> System Settings> Backup Utility> Restore. Note: You be missing some game saved data due to the fact that some games are copy protected (such as DJ Hero 2).
That’s it! Now download to your heart’s content.