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Will turn on but screen says "hard disk data base will be rebuilt", says to "push X button to start", nothing happens just starts all over again with the same thing

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Hello. You need to reformat your hard drive with an external USB set up. If you do not have an external hard drive case with USB then try another hard drive. Here is a link to show you the one I use to reformat Xbox 360 and PS3 hard drives.
http://cgi.ebay.com/External-2-5-SATA-Hard-Drive-USB-Enclosure-Silver-h09_W0QQitemZ150293421808QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item150293421808&_trkparms=72%3A1205%7C39%3A1%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C240%3A1318&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

Sometimes the drives will not reformat due to a physical problem inside of the hard drive though. But either replacing it or reformating it will always solve this problem.

I hope this helps. Good luck and happy gaming!!

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I have a slimline ps3 and my hard drive was corrupted so i downloaded a new system update it installed the update it let me adjust the time and date settings and just before it goes to the screen that...


  1. KINDLY REMOVE THE HARD DISK FROM THE CONSOLE
  2. LOOK FOR AN EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE PACK
  3. PUT THE PS3 HARD DISK INTO THE EXTERNAL HARD DISK PACK
  4. CONNECT IT TO YOU COMPUTER
  5. AND FORMAT IT.
  6. REMOVE IT FROM THE EXTERNAL PACK
  7. PUT IT BACK INTO THE PS3 CONSOLE AND TURN IT ON.
  8. IT WILL ASK FOR UPDATE
  9. THEN YOU UPDATE IT.
  10. IF AFTER DOING ALL THIS AND IT DOSEN'T WORK
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How to access Safe Mode on Playstation 3.


Execute safe mode when the PS3™ is experiencing the following symptoms:
  • When the PS3™ system is started up, the XMB™ menu is not displayed (only the wave screen background appears)
  • When the PS3™ system is started up, nothing appears on the screen
  • When the PS3™ system is started up, a message stating [The hard disk's file system is corrupted and will be restored.] is displayed > [OK] > Restore operation > Restart
    Original message is displayed again or the system stops during restoration.
  • When the PS3™ system is started up, a message stating [The hard disk's database will be rebuilt.] is displayed > [OK] > Rebuild > Failure > System stops while formatting hard disk drive.
  • The system stops while restarting after a PS3™ system update or while updating or rebuilding the database. The situation does not improve even when the system is restarted.

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Step 1: Turn off the PLAYSTATION 3 by holding the Power button on the front of the unit till the Power light is red.

Step 2:
  1. Touch and hold the Power button, you will hear the first beep, meaning the PLAYSTATION 3 is powering on.
  2. Continue to hold the Power button and after about 5 seconds, you will hear a second beep, indicating the video reset.
  3. Continue to hold the Power button and after about another 5 seconds you will hear a third beep and the system will power off (Power light is red).

Step 3:
  1. Touch and hold the Power button, you will hear the first beep, again for the PLAYSTATION 3 to power on.
  2. Continue to hold the Power button and after about 5 seconds, you will hear a second beep for video reset.
  3. Continue to hold the Power button and after about another 5 seconds you will hear a quick double beep. At that point release the Power button. If you succeeded in activating Safe Mode, you will see a message on the screen saying, "Connect the controller using a USB cable and then press the PS button."
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  4. Connect a USB cable to the controller and the PLAYSTATION 3 and press the PS button to enter Safe Mode.
  5. Then you will see the Safe Mode menu.
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Step 4: We recommending performing the safe mode options in the following order until one of the options works for you. If one of the options work, do not continue onto the other options.
  1. Restore Default Settings
  2. Restore File System
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  4. Restore PS3 System
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In Safe Mode, you will have the following options:
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  5. Restore PS3 System - IMPORTANT: All data will be lost by performing this step.
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My PS3 display's the following message when i turn it on..."The hard disk's database will be rebuilt" - When i click 'ok' it displays "Rebuilding the database, do not turn off the system." - Immediately...


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If the hard drive is hanging on the format the drive table may have just gottten corrupted. This can happen with a computer but the operating system can fix this usually. The link below will take you through connecting the hard drive to your computer and using it to format the drive. If the computer hangs on the format and/or you still have trouble with the drive then there is something wrong with the drive and you will have to replace it.

http://www.fixya.com/support/r4853494-fix_playstation_3_corrupted_hard_drive

Let me know if you have any more problems or questions

Issken
http://www.fixya.com/users/issken

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I turned on my ps3 and on the screen it says: The hard disk's file system is corrupted and will be restored. So after I click ok it reboots and starts up all over again. I tried it several times and it...


This problem always happen when you switch off your console while it is saving data or reading data from the HDD, so your HDD file system damaged, in order to solve this problem you need an external SATA 2.5 hard disk case, extract your PS3 hard drive and insert it in the SATA 2.5 case, plug your hard disk to a computer, you will find that the whale hard disk is unallocated, so format it with FAT32 or NTFS using your computer, after that return your hard disk to your PS3 console, now, your PS3 console will recognize it, and it will ask you to format it, say YES!!... congratulation your PS3 console is working now

BUT REMEMBER THAT YOU WILL LOSE ALL YOUR DATA IN THE HARD DISK INCLUDING YOUR SAVES, IMAGES, MOVIES AND ALL YOUR STUFF


If the above solution does not work you would have to buy a new HDD for your PS3

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When we start the system we get message "This hard disk file system is corrupted and will be restored". If we hit O.K. it start to restore but nothing happens after that.


This problem always happen when you switch off your console while it is saving data or reading data from the HDD, so your HDD file system damaged, in order to solve this problem you need an external SATA 2.5 hard disk case, extract your PS3 hard drive and insert it in the SATA 2.5 case, plug your hard disk to a computer, you will find that the whale hard disk is unallocated, so format it with FAT32 or NTFS using your computer, after that return your hard disk to your PS3 console, now, your PS3 console will recognize it, and it will ask you to format it, say YES!!... congratulation your PS3 console is working now

BUT REMEMBER THAT YOU WILL LOSE ALL YOUR DATA IN THE HARD DISK INCLUDING YOUR SAVES, IMAGES, MOVIES AND ALL YOUR STUFF


If the above solution does not work you would have to buy a new HDD for your PS3

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well I have a hard drive like this like yours and I have try to restore the hard drive many times and the same but what it is is your hard drive just install another hard drive and it may ask you that your system update is newer than that one on your hard drive so if this happen let me know and I can solve this is not complicated but who have to do this by phone for now replace your hard drive

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this is very bad this what is called a sudden power shut down, you can do nothing take you ps3 back to the retailer or call a repair center

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