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How to remove the hard drive on a Playstation 3 Slim

How to remove the hard drive on a Playstation 3 Slim

Removing the hard drive on the PS3 Slim is simular to removing the hard drive on an original PS3, however the drive is in a different location.

Note if you are upgrading PS3 hard drive you will need to back up your data first so that you are able to put your files back onto the new hard drive.


1. Make sure you have all your cables unplugged from the PS3.

2. Turn the PS3 upside and locate the hard drive access door (it will be at the front of the system next to the small info sticker).


3. Ether with your finger nail or a small screw driver lift up the cover.


4. Next carefully unscrew the blue screw. Note you will want to make sure you get the right size phillips head to make sure you do not strip out the screw head. On the few systems I have seen a PH1 head you be the right size you need.


5. After you have the screw removed you will want to slide the hard drive cover to the right to expose the hard drive.


6. Next pull down on the lever and pull strait back in the drive caddy to remove it from the PS3.


If you have remove the drive to upgrade the drive you will want to unscrew the drive from the caddy and install your new drive.

If you have removed to corrupted data on the hard drive the link below will walk you through formatting the hard drive on your computer just skip to step 4 as the first steps are for removing the hard drive from the original PS3.

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how do i fix my ps3 from saying corrupted hard drive


Try posting this in the section on this site that deals with PS3 etc--no answer is likely to be found in the portable TV area.

May 25, 2012 | Sony playstation 3 slim 160gb 160 gb...

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How to fix PlayStation 3 corrupted hard drive If your PS3 will not fully load and you are getting a message that the hard drive is corrupted. Go through the options in recovery mode. The link below will help cover those options. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZWye1CLTVo If you have gone through the recovery mode options then you may just need to do a full format of the hard drive or there is something wrong with the drive. Note with a normal hard drive from time to time a sector will fail on a drive. Normally Windows will fix the this with on of the backup sectors on the drive but in the case of your console systems this may not repair the drive. 1. Next what you will need to do is remove your hard drive from your PS3. To do this you will need a small flat head screw driver to pop the hard drive cover off. You will see a tap on the right side to put the screw driver in. 2. Next you will want to remove the lock screw that holds the drive in place. Normally it is green. 3. Next lift up the lever and pull the drive back to the right into the open space. This will disengage the drive from the PS3. If you are needing the steps to remove the hard drive from the PS3 Slim go to this link. How to remove the hard drive on a Playstation 3 Slim. Note after you get the hard drive removed from the PS3 you do not have to remove the drive from the caddy that the drive is in. 4. Now you will need to connect the drive to your computers SATA hard drive port and powersupply. Note if your computer does not have a SATA connector and/or you have a manufactured computer like a Dell or HP you may not be able to connect your hard drive directly to the computer. They make USB external kits that will let you connect the drive externally via USB. 5. Next you will want to boot your and open My Computer. After my computer is open you will want right click and select format for the drive that is from the PS3. The format options should open up. You need to make sure that the "Quick Format" option is not check. Note be sure that before you click Start on the format that you are selecting the drive for the PS3. Note if the Full Format hangs then this is a sign that there is actually a problem with the hard drive its self. Also note if you have the drive connected to the internal connectors it will show up like a standard drive but if you have it connected externally it will show as a removable drive. If you do not see a extra drive letter you may need to assign one to the drive the links below will help you set a drive letter. How to change your drive letter in Windows Vista and Windows 7 How to change your drive letter in Windows XP 6. After you format the drive you will want to put it back into the PS3. When you put it back in you will be prompted to format the PS3. The PS3 format will setup the drive for use with the PS3. Note you may need to reload the firmware on the PS3. If you need to do this you can get the firmware and instructions to install it from this link. http://us.playstation.com/support/systemupdates/ps3/pc_update/index.htm At this point you should be able to use your PS3 as normal. If you still have trouble then you most likely have a problem with the hard drive its self.


it doesnt work i keep trying but all it keeps saying is that the file is corrupted.......

May 20, 2010 | Video Game Consoles & Games

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having trouble hard drive in ps3slim


Wiredextreme.com can fix your YLoD for 86 dollars and you can buy up to a 4 year warranty that covers everything on the PS3.

I suggest returning the slim and sending in the 60GB

Feb 20, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Help brand new ps3 hard drive corrupted. Im not taking the hardrive out, HELL NO!


I would return for replacement if it is new. Or send to sony would be under warranty if under 1 year. If not warrantied try to format the hard drive.Replace hard drie if it is older style PS3 and not the new slim PS3. I think the hard drive is built in and cannot be removed. If is a slim, your best bet is the warranty. Good Luck.

Nov 22, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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PS3 HARD DISC CORRUPTED


i wonder if u have changed the ps3 hard disk or it's the original toshiba hard disk that comes in the ps3 ??
so if it's a new one u may haven't connected it right
n if it's the original one u can check on it by removing the plastic part at the bottom of the ps3 n try to check on it

Aug 24, 2008 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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