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How to Access a PS3 HDD From a PC

by Nathan McGinty

One of the ways that you can back up the data on your PS3 hard disk drive, or HDD, is by creating an image of the drive using backup software. To do this, you first need to remove the HDD from your PS3 so that you can access it from a PC. Once the drive is in the PC, you can access the data and perform a backup.

Removing the HDD From the PS3

Step 1

Power down the PS3 and unplug it from the wall.

Step 2

Remove any cables, adapters, control pads and other accessories attached to the PS3.

Step 3

Remove the hard drive cover off the right side of the PS3 by gently prying it away from the case.

Step 4

Loosen the blue screw on the top edge of the cage with a screwdriver and set it aside.

Step 5

Rotate the locking mechanism on the hard drive cage by turning it to the left.

Step 6

Pull straight back on the hard drive cage to remove it from the PS3.

Step 7

Set the cage on flat and level workspace. Loosen the screws around the periphery of the cage with a screwdriver and remove them.

Pull the hard drive out of the PS3 cage.

Accessing the PS3 HDD From a PC

Step 1

Power down the PC and unplug it from the socket.

Step 2

Remove the computer case so you can gain access to the chassis.

Step 3

Slide the PS3 hard drive into an empty drive bay slot on your computer.

Step 4

Connect the power and data cables to the back of the drive.

Step 5

Plug the power cable for the PC back into the socket. Power up the PC.

Step 6

Point your mouse at the upper-right corner of the screen, move it down, and then click "Search." Enter "File Explorer" in the Search box, and then press "Enter."

Access your PS3 hard drive by double-clicking on the drive icon in Explorer.

Tip

  • Some computer cases have access panels that can simply be slid off, rather than unscrewed.

Warning

  • Handle the hard drive by the edges to prevent any damage to electronic components by static electricity.

Items you will need

  • Philips screwdriver

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