Surprisingly, Sony not only allows such modifications, they it. Hard drives have come down in price significantly, so a huge drive is pretty affordable.
The PS3, aside from being a game console, is also a pretty powerful media center. Its worth noting, all that you need is a drive capable of 5400rpm and 1.5gb/s. All of the PS3's system data is stored away safe and sound, far away from your shaky, nervous hands. If you use the correct tools, take your time, and follow directions, it'll be fine.
If you breathe on them while taking them out, they will strip. Just take your time and make sure your screwdriver matches up closely with the screw head. With a small pair of needle nose pliers and a little patience, you can turn the screw out.
However, just save yourself the hassle and try not to strip one. Slide the tray into the machine and push it to the left until you feel it click into place.
And if you’re a Play Station Plus subscriber, you have gigabytes of new games literally thrown at you every month.
On environmental grounds, I couldn’t be happier about the move to digital – but it means local storage needs are growing rapidly.
This means that any game saves or other files on the old drive will be lost unless you back up your records first.
To back up your records, start by backing up the current hard drive. Wait for the system to completely power down and then unplug it.
Put that little blue screw back in place, replace the cover and your done! A message will pop up telling you to format your new drive, just follow the onscreen instructions.
The days of having a slot-in memory cartridge are far gone – a few hundred gigabytes would be modest by today’s standards. Luckily, Sony made it really easy and user-serviceable to upgrade the internal storage drive – unlike Microsoft, who locked it down and demanded you buy first-party approved models only.
Upgrading your PS3 drive will not void the warranty.
I hope this will demystify the process for a few of you apprehensive PS3 owners out there.
This is a really simple process that adds a lot of functionality and value to your machine.