Connect the USB hard drive to the PS3 and the PS3 system software will automatically recognize the external USB hard drive, allowing you to copy contents from the PS3 to the external USB hard drive. This is fairly simple, just use the navigation in the PS3 to locate the media you would like to back up and copy it to the USB hard drive.The console settings, online IDs and so forth are retained in the PS3's flash memory, so there is no need to copy this content.That little guy is what's holding the hard drive tray in place.Carefully remove that screw and put it somewhere safe.
If you just copied your game saves (like me), just pop your memory card back in and copy them over.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.But a media center with limited memory would be pretty pointless, so I yanked that tawdry little 80gb drive and replaced it with a hulking 250gb drive. You could spend more money on a drive that's capable of 7200rpm and 3.0gb/s, but the PS3 will only utilize it at the aforementioned speeds, so its pretty useless. If you use a butter knife for a screwdriver and rush through it....yeah, you'll probably screw something up. Precision Screwdriver Set - Really, don't try to use that big screwdriver in the junk drawer.There are a few things to consider before moving forward... The PS3 has a back up function that will save everything on it..long as you've got a storage device big enough to hold it all. Before you upgrade, just plug in your hard drive via USB, select System Settings Back Up and follow the onscreen directions. Alright, you'll need: A Playstation 3 - That's pretty self explanatory. You can snag a set of precision screwdrivers for 5 bucks, and they're absolutely necessary for this. You'll notice an external hard drive enclosure in the picture below.