By Ivy / Last update January 22, 2021

About PlayStation 3 (PS3)

The PlayStation 3 (PS3) as the successor to PlayStation 2 is a home video game console developed by Sony and released in 2006. Then PlayStation 3 Slim was released in 2009, which is lighter and thinner than the original version, and no longer provided the hardware ability to run PS2 games.

After three years later, the PS3 Super Slim was published. And the PS3 series products include PS3, PS3 Slim (120GB, 250GB, 320GB, 500GB, etc.) and PS3 Super Slim. Therefore, PS3 Slim and PS3 Super Slim are the most popular game consoles among these devices. Now, the PS5 is the latest game console that released at November 12, 2020.

Why Change Hard Drive for PS3 (Slim)?

In the view of PS3 Slim characteristic, you can download large games to play, watch videos on that device. But with the daily use, you will find the PS3 Slim hard drive capacity is not enough for storage. Thus, changing PS3 (Slim) hard drive (or SSD) to larger one is the best way to resolve this issue.

Before PS3 upgrade, please find the compatible hard drive for PS3 storage upgrade:

  • PS3 compatible SSD including Crucial MX500 SATA SSD, Crucial BX500 SATA SSD, Samsung SSD 860 EVO, Western Digital WD Blue SSD, etc.

  • PS3 compatible hard drive is any 2.5-inch SATA hard disk.

Before PS3 Storage Upgrade

Before PS3 (Slim) hard drive replacement, there is something you have to prepare.

  • Since the PS3 can only detect FAT32/exFAT file system hard drive, you have to format the HDD or SSD drive to FAT32/exFAT to make sure it can be recognized by PlayStation 3.

  • To change PS3 (Slim) hard drive to larger one, you have to take out the PS3 (Slim) hard drive carefully with the extracting tool.

  • Insert the two hard drives, one is PS3 (Slim) hard drive, the other is the target hard drive (HDD) or SSD.

  • Download hard drive cloning software to do PS3 Slim hard drive replacement. In our article, we will give you the best free disk cloning software - AOMEI Backupper Standard to have a try. This software is highly recommended by users due to its comprehensive functions and intuitive interface.

Easy Steps to Perform PS3 (Slim) SSD Upgrade

AOMEI Backupper Standard offers two solutions to replace PS3 (Slim) hard drive or SSD:

It’s strongly recommended to upgrade PS3 storage with the Clone feature, because it’s much easier. And the two ways also apply to PS3 Super Slim storage upgrade.

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Thus, following words are describing the details about changing PS3 (Slim) SSD to larger SSD.

1. Launch AOMEI Backupper Standard, choose Clone -> Disk Clone to upgrade PS3 (Slim) SSD.

Disk Clone

2. Choose the PS3 (Slim) SSD as the source disk to clone.

Select Source Disk

3. Select the larger SSD as the target location, and click Next >>.

Select Destination Disk

★Tip: The destination disk will be overwritten after the operation, please backup data on that drive in advance.

4. Tick SSD Alignment to speed up your SSD automatically and click Start Clone to perform PS3 (Slim) SSD upgrade in Windows 10/8/7.

Start Clone

★Tips:
✍To fully use the storage space on your larger destination disk, please check Edit Partitions to adjust the partition size automatically while cloning. Please upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional or other editions to enjoy.
Setor by sector clone: It enables you to clone all sectors on the source disk, like blank sectors, bad sectors, and the used sectors, the time will be much longer. If you uncheck this option, it will only clone the used sectors.

All the above steps are applied to PS4 hard drive upgrade (The destination disk should be formated with FAT32 or exFAT). Well, you should be aware of the cost time depending on the data size of source disk, wait for a few minutes, the operation will be finished.

The Epilogue

It’s easy to change PS3 (slim) hard drive to larger one or perform PS3 SSD upgrade with the help of AOMEI Backupper. Do the above steps to do PS3 hardware upgrades if required.

In addition, AOMEI Backupper Standard allows you to clone individual partition to other location, like external hard drive, local disk, NAS device, network share, even the cloud.

The Professional edition provides more features like migrate OS to SSD without reinstalling, real time file sync to network path, restore to dissimilar hardware computer, and more.