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Error reading HDD space

I just bought a brand new PS3 and I put in the Ratchet & Clank Game, Tools of Destruction. After the intro of the game, I get a message that says I need 412mb of space to play game and for me to free up space on my HDD. I checked my space and I have 64GB of free space, so that makes no sense... I put in another game, for the first time, Prince of Persia, and it played fine. Is there a problem with my console or with the software?

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  • Sassie315 Dec 25, 2008

    Hope you find an answer to your problem, as we have the same problem with Ratchet & Chank.

  • bigalanddawn Dec 25, 2008

    HDD shows 64 of 74GB available. Screen says 416mb needed, not enough space.

  • Anonymous Dec 25, 2008

    identical issue, when loading Ratchet into a brand new PS3 its informs me to free up some space. No games have been loaded yet, all other games loaded after play.

    This is first time used today, my sons xmas gift.

  • tomdeslaur Dec 25, 2008

    I have the same error, so it must be something to do with the software. I was starting to go carzy.

  • dins50 Dec 25, 2008

    I have the same problem with Rachet and Clank is my sons xmas present with new ps3 any answers yet?.

  • slvrdiver Dec 27, 2008

    Got a Brand New 80GB PS3 for Christmas, been playing Little Big Planet just fine. Put in Ratchet and Clank got the same error

  • Anonymous Apr 30, 2009

    Will my Playstation 3 play orther game...just not Rachet and clank.

  • Borrisboy May 06, 2009

    I have exactly the same problem. Brand new PS3, exactly the same message as everyone else has had.

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Sounds like software problem if other games work fine

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