How to change the new super-slim PS3 hard drive

Puzzling over how to replace the hard drive in the new super-slim PlayStation 3? Check out our handy guide that'll have you up and running in minutes.

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While the new version of Sony's PlayStation 3 console isn't exactly short on hard drive space--particularly if you're picking up one of the 250GB or 500GB versions--those with large media collections, or those hoping to save a few pounds by picking up the 12GB flash version may be wondering how to replace the system's built in storage.

Unlike previous versions of the PlayStation 3, which had a visible hard drive slot, the super-slim's is cheekily concealed, and there's no information about the slot at all in the manual. Fortunately, replacing the hard drive is simple once you've figured out where its supposed to go.

Note that if you're replacing an old PS3 with the super-slim and want to retain all your data, you will first need to deactivate purchases on your old console, connect both of them together via ethernet, and use the Data Transfer Utility to transfer the files. You can find a full guide on the process here.

STEP ONE: First off, find the top of your PS3; that's the end without the rubber PlayStation logo nubbin covering the screw hole for the stand. Then slide the plastic side-panel away from you to reveal the hard drive slot.

STEP TWO: With the side-panel removed, the hard drive slot is revealed. Unscrew the blue screw using a standard philips-head screwdriver.

STEP THREE: Once you've removed screw simply pull the hard drive away from the console using the rather handy handle.

STEP FOUR: Flip the hard drive over to reveal four screws, which keep the metal caddy attached to it. You need to remove all four screws and then reattach them, along with the caddy to your new hard drive. Then simply slide the new hard drive into the console, reattach the screw and side panel, and you're good to go.

We noticed our new PS3 super-slim came fitted with a 7.5mm, 500GB hard drive. 7.5mm drives are typically used in slim laptops like ultrabooks, due to being thinner than standard 9.5mm drives. That said, the PS3's hard drive slot is large enough to accommodate 9.5mm drives should you wish to use one.

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Discussion

9 comments
AWBlaze
AWBlaze

I just put a new 2.5HDD, 1TB, 5400rpm in my ultra slim. It reads the HDD and asks me if I want to transfer data to it. I select yes, it formats my drive, starts loading it and stops at 73% every time (tried 4 times). Then says "the new drive needs to be formatted". It formats the drive again and shuts off. Any suggestions? (And, yes, I know 1TB is overkill. But I actually use the space.)

disco76
disco76

jeetubhat 5pts7 hours ago

I cant seem to open the top cover regardless of how much force i use

You slide it the narrow way, not the width if that makes sense. Tried the wrong way for a couple of minutes too. Push down slightly and away.

jeetubhat
jeetubhat

I cant seem to open  the top cover regardless of how much force i use 

disco76
disco76

Just to make it clear, the 12gb model doesn't come with a caddy case so you will also have to purchase this. Just opened my one to find this out. Obvious when you think about it, just thought i would mention it.

thuelund
thuelund

Could a 7mm Harddisk work? or does it need to be 7,5? 

SAS21OSB
SAS21OSB

Do you need a hard drive formatted a particular way or will anyone do

gokulgamer
gokulgamer

People I kindly need your help please.I wanna Buy PS3 super slim.I have a PS3 FAT version.the thing is that I have put a lot of energy and effort to finish Dark Souls which is my very favourite game.I dont care about the other save files.Will I be able to transfer Demon's Souls and Dark Souls Save file from PS3 Fat Version to PS3 Super Slim Model

the_mighty1
the_mighty1

Would you be able to use the caddy/bracket from an original fat PS3 in the new slim? 

mtb0minime
mtb0minime

Could the other PS3s fit a larger 9.5mm drive? I feel like this is a good switch. Can easily save a couple bucks with a larger drive instead of a smaller one for laptops.

ffffff668
ffffff668

Can you replace the hdd on the 12 gb flash version aswell with a normal laptop hdd or is this only possible on the 250gb n 500gb models

beardface21
beardface21

 @jamesmichealtil You completely missed the point of this console.  Sony is not making this console just to make more money from the consumer directly, but they are making this console because it's CHEAPER on their manufacturing end.  Perhaps they also did it to curtail interest in the Wii U, but it's mostly Sony trying to save money wherever they can.  Especially when they are struggling to post profits.

jamesmichealtil
jamesmichealtil

pointless really & a bit retared of sony to release another version of the PS3 really upgrading my existing slim from 120gb to 640gb was a lot more wallet frindly than buying another version of the PS3 Just to try & undermind Ninitendos Wii u  & its psp style tablet controller.If Sony had really want to get back at Ninitendo they could have enbaled ps2 disc gaming as the wii-u will be able to play all wii games & have most of the game-cube liberary download from there e-shop.

 

Something Sony should have taken into account a long time ago rather than re-realease untold versions of its console that can be easily up-graded by existing owner not a very cost effective decision by Sony to say the least

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

The HDD is under the optical disc drive?!

Ryandos
Ryandos

Does anyone think you can use the old PS3 Fat's hard drive on this? Because mines broke and I couldn't be bothered to fix it cuz I was thinking of buying a slim or this.

Joshua2222
Joshua2222

I did this with my Slim and I'm so frickin happy I did. My system was almost full and I could probably have only bought 3 or 4 more games. Now I got 750 GBs lol. It's great that the new model allows the same.

nate1222
nate1222

I think these console makers SHOULD allow you to replace/upgrade your hdd with a non-propietary one. It'll aleviate some hardware failure issues later on down the road and stretch out the usability of the device. But...that's common sense speak. And big greedy companies don't like it when "consumers" use their common sense.

Zepthire95
Zepthire95

To clarify, would the HDD from an old slim fit in this or not?

Toplinkar
Toplinkar

Well, for a moment I wondered if Sony was no longer allowing hard drives to be changed, good to know I was wrong. 

dreidu
dreidu

@disco76 thanks for pointing that out... was having that problem. any idea where can I buy one? is it specific for ps3? or is like a general thing? another question the power supply to the hard drive? because I seem to only see 2 connections and the hard drive has one more that I assume was the power one...

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

@realguitarhero5 You'd be surprised.  Don't forget that PSN offers more than just games.  HD movies take up a lot of space as does music, which I keep on mine.  Since I'm also a PS Plus member I have tons of free and discounted games downloaded as well.  I've got a 500GB  drive in mine and there's only 60 gigs free on it.  With games like Ni No Kuni and Super Street Fighter IV weighing in at 16GB and 18GB respectively, it's not hard to use up that space fast.

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

@gokulgamer Dark Souls saves can be copied to PSN's online storage and external storage device but I don't believe that Demons's Souls can.  Your best bet is to find an external drive, do a backup of your fat PS3 and then do a restore on the new one.  That'll get everything over there.  You can also do the whole "Data Transfer Utility" which will transfer everything from one PS3 to another via ethernet.  Just know that the one being transferred to will have it's data wiped out, which is no biggie if it's fresh out the box anyway.  Keep in mind that the Data Transfer Utility carries the chance of messing up your trophies, all be it a low chance.

the_mighty1
the_mighty1

Ah nevermind, they go in a different way don't they?

Chucknorium
Chucknorium

 9.5mm is height not width. Still a  2.5in laptop drve

g-fru
g-fru

 @ffffff668 anyone confirm this? wanna pick one up but wont if i cant increase the storage

Vickman178
Vickman178

 @beardface21  @jamesmichealtil It doesn't really help if its the same price as Wii U. To me its more like they just need to make it cheaper to make a profit there not really doing this because of Wii U.

 

If they were these new models would be cheaper then the old ones.

fester420
fester420

@Gelugon_baat Swapping hdd's in a ps3 doesn't void the warranty

fester420
fester420

@Ryandos you can but it will require a reformat so you won't get to keep anything already on it

Zepthire95
Zepthire95

 @nate1222 Even though the Wii U lets you use and USB HDD and the PS3 lets you use any standard laptop HDD if its the right size? Even the 360 lets you use USB HDD's up to a certain size.

CloWnCircus
CloWnCircus

 @Zepthire95 "We noticed our new PS3 super-slim came fitted with a 7.5mm, 500GB hard drive. 7.5mm drives are typically used in slim laptops like ultrabooks, due to being thinner than standard 9.5mm drives. That said, the PS3's hard drive slot is large enough to accommodate 9.5mm drives should you wish to use one." The answer was right up there.

Joshua2222
Joshua2222

 @Zepthire95 They look like the same size. But it would be better to do some research to be positive.

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

 @Gelugon_baat  They'd have a sticker somewhere telling you if you remove this screw/panel you void your warranty.