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Corupted Harddrive My sons PS 3 has a bad HD...I warranty has run out...I know it takes a 3.5 inch harddrive but can i replace it with a new one?

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  • Anonymous Dec 23, 2008

    I have the same issue, HDD seems to be corrupt/dead, a blank screen, and the reset procedure does not do anything. Can you buy a new HDD from Sony for this? or can I buy a generic SATA drive to replace it and copy a mates drive to restore it?

  • penniacer Dec 23, 2008

    The following fix has worked...thank goes to tech "GreenieUK"...thankyou sir for your help...much appreciated at Christmas time.

    The easiest method of working around a Corrupted hard drive is this.

    You need to go out and purchase a 3.5" SATA USB Enclosure. they are quite cheap.
    you then must remove your Hard drive from the PS3 and insert it into the enclosure.
    connect the enclosure to your PC, the HD Will show up in your computer, you must then perform a FULL FORMAT on the harddrive under the FAT32 Format.

    Once done, re-insert your hard-drive, and the problems should have gone !

    If they do persist or the hard drive is still corrupted, i would suggest contacting sony Customer support !

    Hope this helps ?!


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