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Need a bigger hard drive

If i install a bigger hard drive in my ps3 do i need any kind of disc to get the console up and runing again or will it be ok? thanks

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No. But you need to be careful about what hard drive you install. There are a few models that will not work with the PS3. Thanks.

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

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If the PS3's built in repair will not fix the issue then you will need to pull the hard drive and format it on a computer. The link below will take you through the process. Note if you still have trouble then there is something wrong with the hard drive and you will need to replace it.

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You can upgrade the hard drive to a bigger one just as long as it's the same physical size as the original one. The 40GB PS3 is technically capable of backwards compatibility. It's just that Sony's OS doesn't support it on that model (maybe, there will be a firmware update that will allow it in the future). If you install Linux on the PS3 (which Sony officially allows you to do), then you can install the PS1 emulator (it's called ePSXe) and the PS2 emulator (it's called PCSX2). Both of them are free to download for Linux. The only thing that won't make the 40GB model the same as the 80GB is the finish of the console, lack of built-in memory card reader, lack of built-in WiFi, and only 2 USB ports. But those aren't neccesary.

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you need a new hard drive. this will void your warranty but you can replace your original hard drive with another one of the same type (IDE / SATA) and all you should have to do is pop in the drive and it will ask to reformat the drive, say yes and let it go. then you can start playing your games again. if that dosn't work then your firmware is corrupt/damaged and you will need a new ps3. just take the hard disk out and use it in your computer or sell it on ebay. other than that, keep the busted ps3 for spare parts in case the 'new' one needs a new bluray drive in the somewhat near future.

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From what I can tell you have 3 options;

1. Return it to the store for a new one (depends on warranty and purchase date)

2. If you have been surfing with it you might have a virus and need to do a scan (hard to do since you can't really access your hard drive)

3. Hard drive is corrupt (forget virus scan and swap hard drive with a new, bigger, better one)

I would go for option one. If not, try option 3.

Link for changing hard drive;

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