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My ps3's hard drive is corrupted

It says it will be restored but it keeps freezing at 18% I dont know wat to do please help

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  • Anonymous Dec 23, 2008

    I bought a hard drive and still have the same problem. I have called playstaion and they only want my money ($150 to ship to them and hopefully get it fixed).  Please help! 

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Hello. There is an internal malfunction with your hard drive and it needs to be replaced. Just carefuly remove the old one and buy one just like it (some brands will not work with the PS3). Thank you!

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My ps3 shut down while restoring default & now it says data is corrupt & cannot access hard drive


You are going to have to format your hard drive unfortunately, there is no solution to your problem because by shutting off the system during setting the system back to its default settings you corrupted the data on the hard drive.

Feb 15, 2011 | Sony PlayStation 3 Games

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Sony PS3 Hard Drive Corrupted or Asking for Restore


A Hard Drive error can be a common problem on the PS3 and this tip will outline how you can troubleshoot and hopefully resolve a hard drive problem. If your PS3 is showing signs that the hard drive is corrupted or is displaying a message asking you to restore the hard drive follow these steps carefully and you may well avoid an expensive repair or having to consign your hard drive to the bin.

Please note: Steps 8 and 9 involve erasing data from your Hard Drive. Therefore if at all possible please try to back up your data before commencing this procedure. You can do this through 'System Settings - Backup Utility' Follow the instructions given in this menu to back up information to an external storage device such as a USB Pen.

To begin the process of troubleshooting and resolving your Hard Drive error you must first put the unit into Safe Mode. Follow these steps carefully;

1) Turn off the PS3 by holding the power button on the front of the unit till it turns red.

2) Hold the power button until you hear the unit beep three times. This will take 15 to 20 seconds.

3) The unit will power off on the third beep and power light will turn red again.

4) Touch and hold the power button again as in step 2. The unit will beep three times except this time the third beep will sound like a quick double beep. As soon as you hear this release the power button.

5) You will see a message onscreen telling you to "Connect a controller using USB and then press the PS button".

6) Do as the message says i.e. connect the controller and press the PS button - you are now in Safe Mode.

7) Restore File System. From this point select "Restore File System" on the menu. The PS3 will attempt to repair damaged files on the hard drive. If this does not work move to step 8.

8) Rebuild Database. Enter Safe mode again as outlined and this time select "Rebuild Database". Be aware this mode will erase certain information from your hard drive which is not recoverable such as photo and message information. If this fails move to step 9.

9) Restore PS3 System. Again enter Safe Mode and select "Restore PS3 System". This will restore all defaults and completely formats the drive. Be aware this mode will erase all information from the hard drive.

If everyone of these steps fail and the PS3 is still showing symptoms of hard drive error you can be certain that the hard drive has failed and it will need to be replaced. However in a majority of cases these steps will resolve the issue.

on Mar 04, 2010 | PlayStation 3 Games

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Sony PS3 Playstation Hard Drive Corrupted or Asking for Restore


A Hard Drive error can be a common problem on the PS3 and this tip will outline how you can troubleshoot and hopefully resolve a hard drive problem. If your PS3 is showing signs that the hard drive is corrupted or is displaying a message asking you to restore the hard drive follow these steps carefully and you may well avoid an expensive repair or having to consign your hard drive to the bin.

Please note: Steps 8 and 9 involve erasing data from your Hard Drive. Therefore if at all possible please try to back up your data before commencing this procedure. You can do this through 'System Settings - Backup Utility' Follow the instructions given in this menu to back up information to an external storage device such as a USB Pen.

To begin the process of troubleshooting and resolving your Hard Drive error you must first put the unit into Safe Mode. Follow these steps carefully;

1) Turn off the PS3 by holding the power button on the front of the unit till it turns red.

2) Hold the power button until you hear the unit beep three times. This will take 15 to 20 seconds.

3) The unit will power off on the third beep and power light will turn red again.

4) Touch and hold the power button again as in step 2. The unit will beep three times except this time the third beep will sound like a quick double beep. As soon as you hear this release the power button.

5) You will see a message onscreen telling you to "Connect a controller using USB and then press the PS button".

6) Do as the message says i.e. connect the controller and press the PS button - you are now in Safe Mode.

7) Restore File System. From this point select "Restore File System" on the menu. The PS3 will attempt to repair damaged files on the hard drive. If this does not work move to step 8.

8) Rebuild Database. Enter Safe mode again as outlined and this time select "Rebuild Database". Be aware this mode will erase certain information from your hard drive which is not recoverable such as photo and message information. If this fails move to step 9.

9) Restore PS3 System. Again enter Safe Mode and select "Restore PS3 System". This will restore all defaults and completely formats the drive. Be aware this mode will erase all information from the hard drive.

If everyone of these steps fail and the PS3 is still showing symptoms of hard drive error you can be certain that the hard drive has failed and it will need to be replaced. However in a majority of cases these steps will resolve the issue.

Many thanks for viewing this Tip and I hope it has been helpful to you.

on Dec 04, 2009 | PlayStation 3 Games

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My ps3 home page wont load. controller will light up until you turn on the ps3. please help.


enzo4117

If your PS3 will not boot up fully this is a sign that you have corrupted data on your PS3's hard drive. The link below will help you fix the problem.

Let me know if you have any more problems or questions

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

Jan 26, 2011 | PlayStation 3 Games

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My ps3 is reading cannot read hard drive


Try to RESTORE FILE SYSTEM on your ps3.
Follow this guide,

HOW TO GO TO THE RECOVERY MENU OF PS3 SYSTEM

1. Make sure the ps3 is plugged in (stand by mode).
2. Put out your usb cable for the controller and the controller itself (do not connect yet).
3. Hold down power firmly, ps3 will turn on and then turn off, release power button when it turns off.
4. Hold down power again, you will hear a beep and then a double beep, when you hear that double beep release the power button.
5. Now you should be seeing something in your monitor that say "Connect usb controller", do just that.
6. After connecting the controller press PS button.
7. You are now in the recovery menu.
8. To fix the problem of corrupt data you can choose #3.
9. If you want to format your hard drive choose #5. Be aware that this option will delete everything that is in your hard drive.
10. Remember that doing #3 and #5 is not 100% to fix the problem of corrupt data, I say about 70%.

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Disc not being recognized.



The current version of the ps3 firmware has a “recovery console”.
You access it by

1. Start with having the system in standby (redlight is on)

2. Hold the power button down; the system will turn on and turn off once again.

3. Press and hold the power button again and keep holding, it will beep as it turns on and then it will double beep. When you hear the double beeps immediately take your finger off the power button (if your system turns off before you get a double beep just try again and hold the button, it should double beep the 2nd time you try)

4. You will be prompted to plug in your controller via USB and then hit the PS button

You will now have a screen with these options

1. Restart System: Restarts the PLAYSTATION®3 System.
2. Restore Default Settings: Reset all system settings back to default.

CHOOSE THIS ONE 3.Restore File System: Checks for corrupt/missing system files.
4. Rebuild Database: Rebuilds the OS for the PLAYSTATION®3.
5. Restore PS3 System: Fresh restore; Deletes everything and starts from Scratch.
6. System Update: Update the PLAYSTATION®3 System



IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU DO NOT CHOOSE THE WRONG OPTION HERE OR YOU WILL LOSE ALL YOUR DATA. The one that fixed my blu-ray drive is option 3: RESTORE FILE SYSTEM


I REPEAT CHOOSE RESTORE FILE SYSTEM


After this, it is going to restart and bring up a screen reading something like “you have Corrupted System Data. Your PS will now replace this data” Then you choose continue and that should be it.

This option reinstalls the system files and drivers inside the PS3 with the original ones that are stored on your hard drive. In this case, it replaced a corrupted driver for the blu ray drive thus fixing my issue and hopefully yours!! This option will only replace all system files thus saving you from loosing any data that’s stored on your hard drive. Again this option does nothing to your hard drive it reads a file from the drive and rewrites it to the PS3 system.

Here is a video of the recovery screen.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0SPmkV-jco

If you want a more technical understanding of what this is really doing continue reading. DO NOT NEED TO READ THIS TO COMPLETE REPAIR. The PS3 does not boot from your hard drive as a computer does. It has a flash memory like a cell phone that stores all system files and system firmware updates that you get when the PS3 updates. This is why reformatting your hard drive will not fix your problem, none of the system files are stored on your hard drive (ex. XMB, system firmware, etc.) nor do they run from the drive. However, your hard drive does contain a full backup of your SYSTEM files and thus when you choose option 3: RESTORE FILE SYSTEM it rewrites the original system files from your drive (which aren’t corrupted) back to the flash memory which is corrupted thus fixing the problem.


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My ps3 keeps freezing every time I try and play mercenaries 2 world in flames please help me I'm getting realy angr Summarise


june971

It sounds like you may have some corrupted data on your hard drive. The link below will help you address this. If you still have trouble then you are having a hardware problem with the system.

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

Jun 04, 2010 | EA - Electronic Arts PlayStation 3 Games

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My ps3 works prpoertly with movies or mp3 files. With the games wichs require data from the hard disk it has problem like freezing the old games of ps 2 works ok


jmretail716

It sounds like you may have some corrupted data on your hard drive. The link below will help you address this. If you still have trouble then you are having a hardware problem with the system.

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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PS3 CORRUPTED DATA


does he have problem saving any other games if so sorry to say he may have a bad hard drive or one that is about to die. you can try reformatting it. go to settings>system settings>restore ps3 systems once there u can start to reformat your hard drive. note it will erase everything he has on the system. and if u downloaded any games from the psn you can retrieve them under the download management. you just have to redownload them. before reformatting though try this method.

turn the system off from the back.
turn it back on. (it should be in standby mode now)
press the power button and keep your finger on it till it beeps three times. (its about a second apart.) and turns off.
take your finger off of the power button and press it again.
this time keep your finger on it till it beeps twice quickly and take your finger off.
it should tell you to connect a controller with a usb
once u do i'll give u a menu.
select option #3 and let it finish

this option will fix most minor software side problems
if this don't help u may want to reformatting your hard drive and hope u don't have to replace it. and before u do if u have any game saves u want to save u can copy those over to a usb flash card

Apr 15, 2010 | PlayStation 3 Games

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Godfather 2 does not play on my ps3 - freezes at title screen


Try to RESTORE FILE SYSTEM on your ps3.
Follow this guide,

HOW TO GO TO THE RECOVERY MENU OF PS3 SYSTEM

1. Make sure the ps3 is plugged in (stand by mode).
2. Put out your usb cable for the controller and the controller itself (do not connect yet).
3. Hold down power firmly, ps3 will turn on and then turn off, release power button when it turns off.
4. Hold down power again, you will hear a beep and then a double beep, when you hear that double beep release the power button.
5. Now you should be seeing something in your monitor that say "Connect usb controller", do just that.
6. After connecting the controller press PS button.
7. You are now in the recovery menu.
8. To fix the problem of corrupt data you can choose #3.
9. If you want to format your hard drive choose #5. Be aware that this option will delete everything that is in your hard drive.
10. Remember that doing #3 and #5 is not 100% to fix the problem of corrupt data, I say about 70%.

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