How to Use a PS3 Blue Ray Disk Drive in a Computer

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How to Use a PS3 Blue Ray Disk Drive in a Computer
A Blu-ray disk drive can play high-definition movies. (cd image by Ploum1 from Fotolia.com)

The PlayStation 3 has a Blu-ray disc drive inside of it that reads Blu-ray discs. You can take the PS3 Blu-ray disk drive and insert it into a drive bay inside of a Mac desktop or PC desktop or Tower because it is the same size as the DVD drives that the computers use. You will need only a few hardware tools to do this. The PC can then use the PS3 Blu-ray disk drive to read Blu-ray discs, while the Mac can also do the same when it is used in the Windows-emulation mode.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Phillips jeweller's screwdriver
  • Flat-edged screwdriver
  • Web browser
  • Internet access
  • Windows operating system

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Unplug the power cord from the Mac desktop computer. Pull the side panel lever at the back of the desktop Mac up with your fingers.

  2. 2

    Grab the side panel with your hands. Pull the side panel up and off the desktop Mac with your hands. Put the side panel aside. 


  3. 3

    Remove the two screws from the side of the DVD drive tray that is inside of the empty bottom DVD drive bay with the Phillips jeweller's screwdriver--the empty DVD drive bay faces the front of the desktop Mac.

  4. 4

    Pull the DVD drive tray out of the empty DVD drive bay with your fingers. Put a bath towel on a table. Put the DVD drive tray face down on the bath towel. 


  5. 5

    Insert the tip of the flat-edged jeweller's screwdriver into the seam on one side between the casing and the PS3 Blu-ray disk drive bezel. Wiggle the tip of the flat-edged screwdriver to loosen the PS3 Blu-ray disk drive bezel. Pull the bezel off the front of the PS3 Blu-ray disk drive.

  6. 6

    Remove the screws from both sides of the DVD drive tray with the Phillips jeweller's screwdriver.

  7. 7

    Slide the PS3 Blu-ray disk drive into the DVD drive tray so that the connections on its back face out. Attach the screws to both sides of the DVD drive tray with the Phillips jeweller's screwdriver. 


  8. 8

    Turn the DVD drive tray over. Pull the power plug and the ribbon data plug out of the empty bottom DVD drive bay. 


  9. 9

    Slide the DVD drive tray slightly into the empty bottom DVD drive bay.

  10. 10

    Attach the power plug to the power plug connection on the back of the PS3 Blu-ray disk drive with your fingers. Attach the ribbon data plug to the ribbon data connection on the back of the PS3 Blu-ray disk drive with your fingers. 


  11. 11

    Slide the DVD drive tray all the way into the empty bottom DVD drive bay. Attach the two screws to the side of the DVD drive tray with the Phillips jeweller's screwdriver.

  12. 12

    Put the side panel back onto the desktop Mac. Push the side panel locking lever on the back of the desktop Mac down. Plug the power cord back into the desktop Mac.

  13. 13

    Turn the desktop Mac on. Download a Windows emulation program to the desktop, for example, the trial version of the VMWARE FUSION 3 Windows emulation program.

  14. 14

    When the Windows emulation program has fully downloaded, double-click on its icon. Follow the menu commands to install the Window emulation program on the Mac's hard drive. Restart the desktop Mac once the installation has been completed.

  15. 15

    Double-click on the icon of the Windows emulation program to launch it.

  16. 16

    Wait for the Windows-emulated desktop to appear and recognise the Blu-ray disk drive that is now inside of the desktop Mac. Insert a Blu-ray disc into the Blu-ray disk drive when you want to watch a Blu-ray movie on the Windows emulated screen. .

  1. 1

    Unplug the power cord from the desktop or Tower computer, Remove the screws from both sides of the desktop or Tower computer with the Phillips screwdriver.

  2. 2

    Lift off the outer casing from the desktop or Tower computer with your hands. Put the outer casing aside.

  3. 3

    Remove the two screws at the side of the DVD drive tray at the front end inside of the desktop or Tower computer with the Phillips jeweller's screwdriver.

  4. 4

    Insert the tip of the flat-edged jeweller's screwdriver into the seam between the DVD drive door bevel and the casing on the front of the desktop or Tower computer.

  5. 5

    Wiggle the tip of the flat-edged screwdriver to loosen the DVD drive door bezel. Pull the DVD drive door bezel off the front of the desktop or Tower computer with your fingers.

  6. 6

    Pull the DVD drive tray out of the DVD drive bay. Pull the power cable and the ribbon data connector out of the connections on the back of the DVD drive with your fingers.

  7. 7

    Insert the tip of the flat-edged jeweller's screwdriver into the seam on one side between the casing and the PS3 Blu-ray disk drive bezel. Wiggle the tip of the flat-edged screwdriver to loosen the PS3 Blu-ray disk drive bezel. Pull the bezel off the front of the PS3 Blu-ray disk drive.

  8. 8

    Put a bath towel on a table. Put the DVD drive tray face down on the bath towel.

  9. 9

    Remove the screws from both sides of the DVD drive tray with the Phillips jeweller's screwdriver.. Slide the DVD drive out of the DVD drive tray. Put the DVD drive aside.

  10. 10

    Slide the PS3 Blu-ray disk drive into the DVD drive tray so that the connections on the back of the PS3 Blu-ray disk drive are facing out.

  11. 11

    Attach the screws to both sides of the DVD drive tray with the Phillips jeweller's screwdriver. Turn the DVD drive tray over.

  12. 12

    Insert the DVD drive tray back slghtly into the DVD drive bay. Attach the power plug and the ribbon data plug into the appropriate two connections on the back of the PS3 Blu-ray disk drive. Push the DVD drive tray all the way into the DVD drive bay.

  13. 13

    Put the PS3 Blu-ray disk drive bezel onto the front of the desktop or Tower computer where the DVD drive bezel previously was located.

  14. 14

    Attach the two screws to the side of the DVD drive bay. Put the outer casing back onto the desktop or Tower computer. Plug the power cord back into the desktop or Tower computer.

  15. 15

    Turn the desktop or Tower computer on. Wait for the Windows operating system to recognise the Blu-ray disk drive that is now inside. Insert a Blu-ray disc into the Blu-ray disk drive when you want to watch a Blu-ray movie.

Tips and warnings

  • Blow off the connections on the back of the PS3 Blu-ray disk drive with compressed air before inserting it into the computer.
  • Don't touch the connections on the back of the PS3 Blu-ray disk drive, as it could be damaged by transmitted static electricity.

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