By Teresa / Last Updated February 15, 2019

Why copy PS3 HDD to new HDD?

PS3 is the abbreviation for PlayStation 3 which is a home game console as well as a powerful media center that released by Sony Corp at the end of 2006. As the successor to PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 won victory in competing with other video game consoles due to its advanced configurations. PS3 was the first console to use Blu-ray Disc as its primary storage medium and the first PlayStation to integrate social gaming services. PS3 had have millions of users in years all over the world and it could be counted as one classical game console.

PS3 comes with small-sized hard drive at early times since all hard drives produced in small size years ago. Day after day, year after year, you may find there is not much space for you to install new games at all, even after you delete all unnecessary files on the hard drive. Therefore, enlarge disk space would be the most important reason for you to copy or clone PS3 hard drive to new hard drive. On the other hand, the prices of large-sized HDD are come affordable recently. If you have idea and HDD now, you need solutions on how to copy PS3 HDD to new HDD.


Tip: The new HDD that can be used in PS3 should be 2.5-inch SATA drive of 9.5mm height.

How to copy PS3 hard drive to new hard drive?

Solution1: transfer data from PS3 hard drive to new hard drive via Backup & Restore utility. You may complete this solution by means of an external hard drive. Theoretically, you back PS3 hard drive up to the external hard drive and later restore the backup image from the external drive. Connect the external hard drive to your PS3.

Using the Backup Utility: Go Settings box > System Settings > press cross-like button to enter in. Go Backup Utility and press aformentioned button to enter. Then you’ll see three options: Backup, Restore, and Delete Backup Data in this window. This time, you need to choose Backup. Then start backup your PS3 to the external drive.

After the backup process finished, you may go to the three options window by repeat above steps and then select Restore there to recover it to the new hard drive.

Tip: A new disk has to be formated, partitioned, initializd before you can use it, and the external hard drive should be formatted to FAT32 as well in order to be recognized by PS3 system.

Solution2: Copy PS3 or PS4 hard drive to a new drive via AOMEI Partition AssistantProfessional. You can copy PS3 HDD to another directly with the help of Windows OS based PC. This is helpful when you don’t have an external hard drive in hand or when the first solution won’t work, and this would reduce the time of backing PS3 up. In theory, you connect two hard drives (PS3 or PS4 old hard drive and the target new hard drive) to PC, download AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional to PC and complete copying with it. Learn the specific steps in following part.

Detailed steps to copy PS3 to new HDD via AOMEI Partition Assistant


First, pull out the old hard drive from your PS3 and free up the frame that fixes the hard drive using screwdriver. Connect the same hard drive to your PC spare port.

Second, connect the new HDD to the same PC in another spare port. If the PC is laptop or there is no more spare port left, you may need an external hard disk enclosure. Make sure both drives are detected by Windows.

Third, format the new hard drive to FAT32. You can turn to built-in Disk Management when the hard drive is smaller than 32 GB. If not, like in most instances, turn to third party partitioning software.

Finally, download and install AOMEI Partition Assistant. This program supports all Windows PC operating systems including Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and Windows XP. It has a user-friendly and neat interface which is suitable for both novices and experts. Also, the copy wizard takes care of all potential troubles.

Important: Please backup all important data including games before you start. Inappropriate operations are likely to casue data loss. So if you are not familiar with practical operations, take these actions with cautions.

Step1. Launch AOMEI Partition Assistant. Select Disk Copy Wizard.

Disk Copy Wizard

Step2. Choose copy method. You may choose Copy Disk Quickly so that you can resize partition later. If you choose the other one, you can still change the partition size later.

Copy Disk Quickly

Step3. Select the source disk (eg: disk 4).

Select Source Disk

Step4. Now select the destination new HDD (eg: disk 3). If you want to copy PS3 or PS4 to SSD, check the Optimize the performance of SSD box for faster speed.

Select Destination Disk

Step5. Edit partitions on the new hard drive. Click Next in this following window.

Edit Disk

Step6. Almost done. Everything on Disk 4 is now on the new hard drive. Click Apply to execute all operations.


There is a final confirm information next to this step, click Proceed to continue. After completing, you’ll see following window. The copy time depends on the size of your PS3 hard drive.

Tip: Sector-by-sector Copy will make the exact duplication of your PS3 or PS4 hard drive and you cannot change the partition size during this copying method. However, this method will copy all deleted, lost files or inaccessible data on the old hard drive to the new. So if you want to recover those files, try this way and resize the partition later using this same software after completion.

All you have to do is disconnect the new HDD from PC and install it to your PS3 by reversing the process you did on old hard drive. As for the old PS3 hard drive, you can use it as a backup, or wipe the hard drive securely for other usages.

AOMEI Partition Assistant is specialized partitioning software designed for Windows operating systems. Apart from copying PS3 or PS4 hard drive, it has more effective features in computer maintains. For example, you can install Windows 10 on external hard drive with the help of this software. Besides, it is possible to shrink C drive beyond half in AOMEI Partition Assistant. You can create a bootable media with it in advance in case the PC fails one day. If you’re running Windows 8 or its later versions, you may make a Windows to go USB drive by yourself.