Updated 23 September 2015

How do I upgrade/replace my PlayStation 3 60GB HDD?

Find out how to replace the Hard Disk Drive on your 60GB model PlayStation 3 system.


Remove the hard disk

  1. Touch 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 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 of the cover when using a screwdriver.
  1. Free the hard disk from the system:

1)      Remove the blue screw with the correct sized crosshead screwdriver.

2)      Raise the metal handle.

3)      Slide the hard disk to the right.

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

Replace the hard disk

  1. Use a crosshead screwdriver to remove the screws (4 places).
  1. Remove the hard disk from the metal frame. Lift one end and slide the hard disk out to remove.
  1. Place the replacement hard disk on the PlayStation 3 system hard disk’s metal frame, and then attach using the screws (4places). Do not overtighten the screws
  2. 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 the instructions for “Removing the hard disk”
  3. Reattach the HDD bay cover.
  4. Turn on the PlayStation 3 system. Follow the on-screen instructions to perform the initial setup.

For more information on changing your PlayStation 3 hard disk, check out the manual.