My HDD is starting to make noise and I think it's time for me to change it. I have the old 60Gb PS3.

I was wondering the PS3 installs it's OS. Do I just have to switch the HDD and let the PS3 install it by itself? I don't think so. Does the option "Restore PS3 System" reinstall the OS on the hard drive?

What do I have to do to install the OS on the new HDD?

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The PS3's OS is not stored on the HDD, but the internal flash memory of the PS3. So switching a HDD will not do anything to the OS. So nothing is needed to be done, to get the PS3 up and running, after a HDD switch.

The HDD only stores, Media files, save games, DLC etc.

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  • So you're telling me just to put the formated new drive and it will install.... Sounds too easy no ?
    – Warface
    Sep 4, 2011 at 15:28
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    That's how easy it is. The OS is simply not running or being stored on the HDD.
    – mordi2k
    Sep 4, 2011 at 15:33
  • Wrong, the Ps3 OS is stored on the HDD internally, and you can Visit the Sony Support site ON how to do this Via a Usb Stick.
    – user63203
    Dec 6, 2013 at 4:09

The "Restore PS3 System" option will delete everything from the hard drive and return all settings to their defaults.

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