My friend's PS3 hard drive failed. I thought I could replace it, and why not replace my own at the same time. This was a horrible idea. Somewhere along the way, the (one) HDMI port on back of his HDTV decided it no longer wanted to work and it was only luck that I still had my red/yellow/white SD connector around to give him. My new hard drive is still sitting on the box, because I can not get the screws off the hard drive caddy at all. Not one of them, not a budge, and pretty well stripped now.
I am writing this after walking to Walmart at 10pm for the express purpose of buying needle nosed pliers to turn the screws. I am now covered in sweat from the walk, the drive caddy is scratched up, and the screws remain unbudged. I am defeated.
PS3 Retail Releases (Tuesday) None.
PSN Store Update (Tuesday)
PS3 Full Game - Bladestorm: The Hundred Years’ War ($19.99) - Tour De France 2013 100th Edition ($49.99)
PSN - MLB The Show: Home Run Derby ($5.99)
PS2 Classics - Warriors Orochi ($9.99)
PS+ =============================== Instant Game Collection - Battlefield 3
Discounts - Call Of Duty: Black Ops II – PS Plus Price: $37.79 - The Amazing Spider-Man – PS Plus Price: $20.99 - Batman: Arkham Asylum – PS Plus Price: $5.00 - Mortal Kombat – PS Plus Price: $5.00 - Prince Of Persia: The Forgotten Sands – PS Plus Price: $4.00 - Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game – PS Plus Price: $2.00 - Shadow Of The Colossus – PS Plus Price: $5.00 - Ratchet & Clank Collection – PS Plus Price: $7.50 ===============================
PS3 Demos - GT Academy 2013
Price Change - Ben 10 Omniverse – PS3 Game (now: $29.99 original price: $39.99) - Ninja Gaiden 3 Razors Edge with Online Pass – PS3 Game (now: $29.99 original price: $39.99)
Sales - Call Of Duty Black Ops II (PS3) – Sale Price: $41.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $37.79 - The Amazing Spider-Man (PS3) – Sale Price: $29.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $20.99 - Batman Arkham Asylum (PS3) – Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00 - Mortal Kombat – (PS3) – Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00 - Prince of Persia Forgotten Sands (PS3) – Sale Price: $7.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $4.00 - Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: the Game (PS3) – Sale Price: $3.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $2.00 - Shadow of the Colossus (PS3) – Sale Price: $7.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00 - Ratchet & Clank Collection (PS3) – Sale Price: $14.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $7.50
Persona 4 Arena Sale - Persona 4 Arena – PS3 Game (now: $22.49 original price: $29.99) (and every add on $o.50 or $1.00 off)
Other Sales - Enigmo – PS mini (now: $1.49 original price: $2.99) - Wizorb – PS mini (now: $1.49 original price: $3.99) - Gatling Gears – PS3 Game (now: $2.99 original price: $9.99) - Stardrone – PS3 Game (now: $1.99 original price: $3.99, Cross-Buy) - Stardrone Extreme – PS3/PS Vita Game (now: $1.99 original price: $3.99, Cross-Buy) - The Walking Dead: Episode 1: A New Day – PS3 Game (now: Free original price: $4.99)
PS3 Add-ons - Bellator MMA Onslaught - Borderlands 2 - Everybody Dance - Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory - Injustice Gods Among Us - Ninja Gaiden 3 Razor’s Edge - Pinball Arcade - Remember Me - The Walking Dead (400 Days ($4.99))
Yikes, that sucks. I had the opposite experience when I decided to upgrade my HD a few years ago. The only hiccup was backing up what was on the HD and restoring it on the new one. That took a few hours since I did it through a USB 2.0 enclosure.
If the pliers aren't working, try placing a rubber band over the screw and using a screwdriver again. The rubber band can sometimes fill the gaps enough to loosen it to where you could use the pliers. I've had this work before.
One other tip I've read is to melt a pen cap slightly and then insert it into the screw. When it solidifies, it should fill the gaps enough to move. I have no experience if it works or not, but that was my backup plan if the rubber band trip didn't work. Good luck!
Playstation Plus: The impression I got from the live blogs was that the first three months were going to be free. A post on the PSBlog says the first free months will be free only if you sign up for a year when this goes live in a couple weeks.