PSP Slim UMD Drive Replacement Tutorial

This tutorial will show you how to replace the UMD drive in your PSP Slim. To get to the UMD drive you'll have to remove most of the other parts so this tutorial is almost a complete disassembly guide.

You can purchase a replacement PSP Slim UMD Drive and other parts in the Zombie Store.

Symptoms of a broken UMD drive:

  • UMDs not loading
  • Crashing
  • Various noises from UMD drive

Stuff you will need:

  • A few small screwdrivers (phillips, flat head)
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Ziplock bags for screws and small parts
Click on the pictures for a larger version.
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psp slim lcd screen removed You'll need to remove the LCD screen first. That is covered in our PSP Slim LCD Screen Replacement Tutorial
psp slim umd cables Disconnect the yellow cable by gently pulling back the black "ears" on the sides of the connector (circled in red). Disconnect the brown cable by lifting up the clasp on the connector (cirlced in red/green).
psp slim umd bracket Open the UMD door and remove the metal bracket as shown. Push the sides off the knobs on the psp frame.
psp slim umd door spring Remove the white plastic part by prying it out with your flathead screwdriver. It holds in the spring that operates the umd door. After the part is removed push the spring back so the long end slides out of the hole in the umd door's hinge.
psp umd door removal The umd door hinges are circled in red and green. To remove the door you'll need to push your flathead screwdriver between the hinge and the psp frame and and pry the hinge out. Using too much force here may break the hinge.
psp umd drive screws

After you remove the door, remove the four screws circled in red.

psp umd drive removed You can now remove the UMD drive. Your old drive has rubber boots in the screw holes that will probably have to be reused with your new drive. Installation is the reverse of removal. Make sure the solder point on the yellow cable of your new drive is removed prior to installation.
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