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How to Take Off the Top of a PS3 Slim

The PlayStation 3 Slim is a compact version of the original game console. The Slim’s cover can be removed in order to access the internal components, for example, when cleaning out the dust that has built up inside. You will need a few common household tools, along with some special equipment that is available from a hobby store or electronics shop.

Things You'll Need:

  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Flat-Edged Jeweler'S Screwdriver
  • Anti-Static Strap

Place the anti-static strap around one of your wrists. Run the wire from the strap around a grounding pipe, for example, a cold water pipe, to eliminate static electricity that could cause damage to the PlayStation 3 Slim while it is being opened.

Place the PlayStation 3 Slim horizontally on a table with the logo facing you upside down and on the left side. Pull off the squared rubber caps from the top, bottom, left and right sides, using your fingers.

Remove the screws that are in the depressions that were covered by the caps, using a Phillips screwdriver.

Run the tip of a flat-edged jeweler’s screwdriver along the seam between the top of the case closest to you and the ledge beneath it.

Swing the rectangular rubber block at the center edge at the top, closest to you, to the right to reveal a screw. Remove the screw with the Phillips screwdriver.

Pull the rectangular plate off the left front of the ledge, using your fingers. Place the plate aside. Pull the hard drive out of the slot that is now revealed. Place the drive aside.

Place the PS3 Slim on the table with the logo right side up and on the right. Grip the far edge of the top case. Pull the edge up and towards you in one motion to remove the top from the PS3 Slim.


Keep the screws and caps in a cup so that they don’t get lost.


  • Opening a PS3 Slim voids any Sony warranty that is in place.
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