Your Play Station Network login and system settings will remain safe on the system during the entire process.After you have your data safely backed up, you can move on to the actual hard-drive swap.It doesn't matter if you have the 20GB, 60GB, or even the new 80GB Play Station 3--you can always use more storage space.
If you have an external hard drive that's formatted in NTFS, you can use the Disk Management utility in Windows to reformat the drive, but you'll need to create partitions on large external hard drives because Windows can only do FAT32 on drives 32GB or smaller.If your storage device isn't large enough to handle a full system backup, you can selectively copy data over through the various music, photo, and game menus in the XMB.Download: PS3 Firmware 4.82 (EU) Update / PS3 Firmware 4.82 (US) Update / PS3 Firmware 4.82 (AU/NZ) Update / PS3 Firmware 4.82 (JP) Update If anyone tests out online Play Station 3 version spoofers for PSN access and to help avoid bans let us know if they're working for you or not or try the How To Go Online PSN After 4.82 Update OFW Tutorial, although historically they do for a brief period (a week or so) after each PS3 Firmware update goes live.According to Rebug PS3 CFW developer @Joonie the 4.82 PUP was compiled in August, which explains why the 4.81 / 4.82 payloads are the same and everything will work from v4.81 to v4.82 without porting.At this point you should have a newly upgraded PS3 and the leftover hard drive.
You could try selling the old drive, but small-capacity used drives might not fetch enough money to be worth the hassle of finding a buyer.
You will need a Phillips-head screwdriver to complete this part of the installation process.
The PS3 owner's manual also includes step-by-step details on how to replace the hard drive, in case you need more instructions.
And what if the issue is more significant than that?
When Microsoft was criticized for early models of the Xbox 360 being afflicted by the “Red Ring of Death,” they responded by extending people’s warranties by 3 years and allowing people to send in their machines for free replacements.
Fortunately, Sony has designed the PS3 to allow console owners to perform their own hard-drive upgrades.