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  • josie625 Oct 01, 2008

    I need help with my ps3 hard drive not working

  • chattgangsta Oct 15, 2008

    when i turn my ps3 on a screen comes up saying my hard drive is corrupted ! Then it tells me to press x and it will be restored and it does the same thing over again.Do anybody know how to fix this.

  • Anonymous Jan 30, 2009

    My hard drive has the same problem, i had took out my hard drive and saw what looked to be scratches on the disk-like object. Does anyone have a solution?

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2009

    yes hard drive not detected thats what it says at hte main screen


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Do you get any sort of message on your display when you turn on your ps3 like hard drive not detected anything like that ?

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Turning on unit, display of "cannot start the correct hard disk was not found" I tried reseting it by holding the pwr button for ten seconds, didn't work. What can I do?

The only thing I can think of is if you know anyone else who has a ps3, try using your hard drive in their ps3 to see if it works, if not you may have to buy a new hard drive. I don't have a ps3 so I am not sure if the hard drives are removable or not, but I do have an Xbox 360, and the hard drives are removable, and are very easy to remove.

Sep 18, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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My ps3 i tried to restore its def a hard drive issue I just dont know to remove and installm hard drive and which hard drive the best suitable money not object can i get a walk through on what i need to do...

Ok, changing the hard drive on a PS3 is pretty easy. First, on the left of the PS3 there is a little cover that you can flip out with a small flat blade screwdriver. When this flap is removed you will see a small blue screw. Remove this screw. There will be a little clip that unfolds from the side of the hard drive casing. Hold on to this and pull the hard drive towards the front of the PS3 and then pull is sideways. You must keep the metal frame that the hard drive is secured into. There are 4 screws that hold the frame onto the hard drive. Remove these and the hard drive will come away from the cage.

As to what hard drive to use, really any SATA 2.5" drive will do, it all depends on what sort of data you want to keep on it. I have heard of people installing up to 500Gb hard drives, this is probably the maximum size you want to use. Some people supply hard drives already formatted to PS3 standard, but any drive will work. When you first plug the drive back into the PS3 it will say that it needs formatting, just agree to this and everything should work fine.

Hope this helps.

Aug 02, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console My PS3 hard disk is corrupted, It say to restore i put restore and nothing had been restored Bid

Corrupted hard disk? Lets see....

You could attempt to boot up the PS3 in safe mode and restore the file system (should delete any corrupted data). Describing how to start up your PS3 in safe mode would just be confusing, so instead here's a link to the official page on the PS3 Safe Mode feature.

Follow the instructions, and then I'd say try options 3 (Restore File System). If that doesn't work, try 4 or 5 (Rebuild Database or Restore PS3 System).

If that fails, you could just replace the hard drive. The PS3 uses standard 2.5inch SATA laptop/notebook hard drives (5400 or 7200 RPM). They can be found online at any computer parts website; for example, Tigerdirect.

If somehow the new hard drive doesn't fix it, or you don't feel like buying a new hard drive, you could send the PS3 back to Sony. If you're under warranty it's free; otherwise it's expensive (150$ I believe).

If you request the repair service, they send you a box, you put the PS3 in it and ship it back to them. A month or 2 later they send you a fixed/different PS3. Simple, but takes forever to get a working PS3 back which is why I suggest you try a new hard drive first.

Anyways, hope you get it working soon!

Mar 22, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Ps3 says hard file disk corrupted and has to be restored but it just keeps doing this and has restored like 15 times and has not fixed itself. what can i do

1. Restore File System

Enter Safe Mode and select "Restore File System". "Restore File System" will attempt to repair damaged files on the hard drive. If this does not work, try the next step.

2. Rebuild Database

Enter Safe Mode and select "Rebuild Data Base". "Rebuild Data Base" will erase messages, playlists, changes made on [Information] screens, trimming information for pictures in [Photo], video thumbnails, video playback history and video resume information. Then attempt to rebuild the PlayStation 3 database. The content that is erased will not be recoverable. If this doesn't work, try the next step.

3. Restore PS3 System

Please note this will erase all content on the hard drive and will not be recoverable.

Enter Safe Mode and select "Restore PS3 System". "Restore PS3 System" will restore the default settings and will format the hard drive. If this doesn't work, try the next step.

4. Re-seat the hard drive

If you have replaced the hard drive in the PlayStation 3, make sure it was installed properly. If the hard drive is not seated correctly, it may cause problems.

5. Try another hard drive (if possible)

There may be an issue with the hard drive that is installed. Try replacing the hard drive with another one.

Feb 10, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Ps3 console switches off within a couple of minutes of starting up. original 60gb phat model

it is the hard drive problem.Take a screw driver and remove the base of Ps3,also use a small screw driver.Just pull out the hard drive, Now for security reasons put a working hard drive and test it. if it works than put the original hard drive otherwise you will loose all your saved game data.I hope this technique will work.

Jun 12, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Took PS3 on plane as carry on, now I get a ?cannot find harddisk"

The X-Ray machine most likely wiped your hard drive. To check, take off the side door, take out the hard drive, put it back in and see if it recognizes it. If not, reformat the hard drive in your computer and return it to the PS3. If this still doesn't work, buy a new hard drive for the system. Any size 2.5" laptop hard drive will work.

Apr 29, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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PS3 not recognizing my portable Hard drive

Make sure that the file system on the harddisk in FAT32, other file systems are not suported by the PS3.
If the file system is not FAT32, the ps3 won't even try to read the disk.

You should reformat your harddisk into fat32, use google to findt a tool that can do the formatting for you becouse windows xp and up are only supporting
formating in fat32 up to 40GB.


Jan 08, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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My files on my hard disk are corrupted whaat do i

You can try taking out the hard drive from the ps3 and hook it up to a computer that has SATA connections. Then copy the files to a flash drive. This way you can at least save the information from the hard drive.

At that point, put a new SATA hard drive into the PS3 and format the drive. Then at that point put the information that you saved to the flash drive onto the ps3 hard drive. Do this all in the computer after you format the new drive in the ps3 and then put it into the computer to copy the files from the flash drive into the new hard drive.

Dec 23, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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The hard drive in the PS3 is the same as a laptop hard drive.

Unfortunately there is no way yet to connect the PS3 to the PC over a network, so you will have to remove the hard drive from the computer and physically connect it to the computer.

There are two ways that I know of:
1) Take the hard drive out of the PS3
2) Open your computer case.
3) Install the hard drive just like you would any other hard drive.

1) Take the hard drive out of your PS3
2) Put the hard drive into an external usb 2.5" hard drive enclosure.
3) Plug the enclosure into your computer's USB port.

Nov 25, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Ps3 . how to get a 500gb segate hdd desktop to work on my ps3

You'll need the hard drive in the ps3 mainly so you can save your games.

What needs to happen is to hook up the hard drive in your ps3. Then after you do that, turn it on and then do a quick format on it and your ps3 should be good to go.

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