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Not finding harddrive

I turned my ps3 on and its saying do you want to format yes or no if i press no it will tell me cant find hard disk so it wont work

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    Have you tried to format it yet?Which system do you have? Final question have you saved on it before?

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This happens when there is corrupted data on the hd.click yes and it will format the ps3 and it will work again.the only bad thing i that it will erase all your save games and game datas.better than nothing fix?

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Hard disk corruption. says press x to resore but wont load past 18%


Try this:

turn on ps3 press x to restore on 0 % quickly pull out hdd. then wait may take up to an hour a message will come up to formate hdd. put hdd back in and press yes to format this process worked with in seconds for me but can take longer. it does work but you will lose all saved stuff but online stats will still be on the system. good luck hope it works for u to.
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or this:
New fix (possibly), and it doesn't take a laptop or a friend's PS3 to do.

Simply remove the hard drive from your PS3, and turn on the console. It should display a screen saying the hard drive will need to be reformatted. Then, plug the hard drive back into your PS3, and allow it to reformat. Your save game data will be erased, but you should be able to use your PS3 again.
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whoever has a problem withe their ps3 needing to be reformatted just take out your hdd when the restore comes up, then press x, it will take a will before the ps3 tells u to insert a hdd to be formatted (took me 12 minutes)

good luck

Apr 10, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Ps3 hard disk file is corrupted


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 dist 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

Mar 27, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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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

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

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Ps3 is saying hard drive disk error when i turn it on how do i fix


first save anything important to an external harddrive then just format your harddrive and it should get any bugs out of your harddrive and pray to god that it works

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Yes my playstation 3 is saying hard disk needs to be rebuilt and it only says ok so i click ok another message pops up and says hard **** not found hard disk data will be deleted and lets you selesct ok or...


you could try to remove the hard drive then boot up, then put the hard drive back in and boot and see if that helps or you can try to rebuild the file system and database.

To get to ps3 recovery console to rebuild the database or the file system(neither will format the hard drive), when the ps3 is in standby mode(red light) press and hold the power button till you hear a double beep.

Most of the time the double beep comes after the ps3 beeps once then twice then turns red again when red again release and press again real fast and hold,... this time you will here a "beep" then " double beep beep" then you release and you will have the options to rebuild the database or the file system. basicly keep holding power button from standby till you here a double beep, if it shuts down try again, once you get the hang of it its easy.

if rebuild database and file system doesnt work then you may have to choose yes on the reformat option but it will wont hurt the ps3 itself just anything you have saved on it.

Sep 22, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Iturn on it says cannot start the correct Hard disk was not found


Open up your ps3 on the right site with a small flat screw driver.
Turn out the blue screw with a small cross screw driver, slide the hard drive to the left and pull it to warts of you, note it is a 2'5 inch sata notebook harddrive.
Hook it up to a pc or mac to run a diagnostic check on it to see if it is crashed, by the way you're able to tell by the sound it makes if it crashed.

Aug 28, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Ps3 needs to be reformmated


go into settings, then system settings, then format utility. this reformats you hard drive. you most likley have something corrupted on it. Did you turn it off while the hard drive light was on. I've done this a couple of times.

Mar 30, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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My ps3 won't restore


Ok so with mine I turn it on and it says something along the lines of the file system is corrupted. Restore now and it restores and restarts but it asks me to do it again and again etc. so mine is screwed I am going to have to send it in how you figure out if you need to send yours in is hold down the ps3 power button (MUST BE OFF FIRST) it will turn on just keep holding it until it turns off then do it again but this time while you’re holding it you’ll hear a beep and then 2 beeps after you hear the 2 beeps let go you’ll go into this thing called safe mode ok from here you’re going to press restore file system I think its option 3 it will say "preparing" ok now if it ends up taking more than an hour and it still says preparing unplug your ps3 and go back into safe mode and your
unfortunately going to have to press restore this will remove everything you have on the ps3(Saves, movies, music, etc.) now after you pick that option wait about 4 hours if it still says preparing then I hope you have the warranty cause you’re going to need a entirely new ps3 I have heard of there being a way to restore it with a cd but you will need to do some searching and talk to an expert in that stuff I wish you good luck

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Hard disk problem


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