Replace PS3 HDD with SSD with Free Cloning Software

Posted by @Cody

May 19, 2016

To load games fast on your PS3, you can replace PS3 hard drive (HDD) with SSD without the need to reinstall games.

Why should you replace PS3 HDD with SSD?

Apparently, replacing your PS3's stock HDD with an SSD will give you a better performance regarding on games loading times, especially for the large graphic games like Skyrim and GT5 etc. because PS3 is available for years, the best upgrade that you can easily manage is the hard drive. Besides, if you clone PS3 HDD to SSD, you do not need to reinstall the games that you installed before. Since the price of SSDs is increasingly low these days, it is recommended to upgrade to an SSD. Before doing this, you may want to check your PS3 warranty because using any unauthorized parts may expire the limited Warranty.

What will you need?

To replace PS3 hard drive, you need a PS3 and an SSD with enough capacity obviously. In order to remove the HDD and install the SSD, you all need a Phillips screwdriver. You also need a computer running Windows 10/8/7. To perform the clone, the computer has to be able to connect both the PS3 HDD and SSD at the same time. If it is a desktop, you need two regular SATA cables and SATA power cables. If it is a laptop, you need two SATA-to-USB adapters to connect the hard drive and SSD externally. Lastly, you need a free cloning software.

How to upgrade ps3 hard drive with SSD?

In case you are not familiar with cloning process, here comes a very easy to use freeware AOMEI Backupper Standard that allows you to clone large hard drive to smaller SSD with a few clicks. after you connect both HDD and SSD to your computer, you can follow the steps below:

1. Download and run this cloning software.

2. Choose "Disk Clone" under "Clone" tab as shown below.

Disk Clone

3. Choose the original PS3 HDD as source disk, and click "Next" to move on. Then select the SSD as the destination disk, and then click "Next" to move on.

Select Source

4. On the next screen, there are three options at the bottom left. Check the option Align partition to optimize for SSD, and click Edit the option partitions on the destination disk to adjust partition size of your SSD if need be. After that, click "Start Clone" to start the clone.

Start Clone

Usually, the cloning will not take long. The specified time depends on the data that need transferring. When the clone is done, you can replace PS3 HDD with SSD by installing the SDD to your PS3. Besides, hard drive cloning, AOMEI Backupper can also be used for hard drive backup and restore.