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How do you fix on a PS3 hard drive corrupted?

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The only thing I can think of is get with sony since it is still under warrenty or just replace the hard drive which is very easy and you can get a good 120gb for around $60.  The only problem is you will lose all your saves, but the PS3 OS is saved on the systems flash memory so you won't lose that.

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My PS3 says my hard drive is corrupted and can restore by pushing X, Then it restarts and needs to the same process. How can i fix this?

probably your hard drive is corrupted if this problem persist after formating maybe it is time to change the hard drive of your ps3


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Jan 22, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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My ps3 says hard disc file carupted it will be restored but wont restore


If you are getting the corrupted file message then this mean you have corrupted data on your hard drive or there is something wrong with the hard drive.

The link below will help you format the drive externally. If this does not fix the problem then you will need to replace the hard drive.

Let me know if you have any more problems or questions


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Corrupted hard disk file system

Try doing a quick format on the hard drive since the data is already corrupted. If you can't do a quick format then your going to need to replace the hard drive with another one. Any SATA hard drive will work in that PS3. Just take the old one out and put the new one in, turn on the ps3 and do a quick format on it and your PS3 will be good to go.

May 22, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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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.

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.

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 system is corrupted. what do i do?


If the PS3 built in repair is not fixing the problem this means that you will need to pull the hard drive out of you system and format the drive with a computer. The link below will walk you through what you need to do.

Let me know if you have any more problems or questions


Mar 03, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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My playstation wont turn on the red light shows and then i turn it on the light goes green and then a few seconds later goes back to red and shuts down again whats the problem?

Last person I knew that had this problem, I fixed it. Although he did lose all his save games... The OS software was corrupt. Here's what I did to fix it:
1. Remove the hard drive and plug it into a computer that has a SATA connector on it's motherboard.
2. Format the hard drive, any format will do.
3. Download the latest update from Sony and save it to PS3\UPDATE folder on a flash drive.
4. Reinstall the hard drive into your PS3 and allow it to reformat it. Turn off system after format is complete.
5. Insert flash drive into USB port on PS3. Proceed with update.
6. Restart system after update is complete, and enjoy all over again! =)

I'm sure if you really wanted your save games, there has to be an emulator out there somewhere, but then I don't know how you'd get it back on your hard drive after all is fixed... Honestly, lost save games is better than no PS3 at all...Hope this helps you and many others that had this same problem! =)

Dec 02, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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My ps3 has a "hard disc been corrupted needs reboot now" press x to reboot. I did all that but wont reboot but say the same thing over again

You have a damaged or corrupted hard drive. try researching for a fix on the internet. If that doesn't work then you'll need to get a new SATA hard drive for it, install it and power the ps3 back up to format the new hard drive and the old one could possibly be used with an enclosure as an external hard drive for your computer.

Oct 06, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Wont come on

More than likely your hard drive was corrupted. The easiest way to fix it is to format the hard drive. There are LOTs of different ways to do this but the easiest way is to just hook the hard drive to a computer via a usb cable and then formating it through disc manager.

Here's a quick guide:

It doesn't matter what file system your choose, just format it, and then pop it back into the PS3. It will recognise the hard drive as a new drive and then will reformat it again so that the PS3 can read it.

That's it! Problem solved.

The drives are SATA so if you don't have a usb cable you could always throw the drive into a laptop as long as it takes a SATA drive and use an XP or Vista CD and follow the same generall game plan: format the drive

OR you could swap the drive into someone else's PS3, it will do the same exact thing. It will recognize it as a new drive and will format it, then just pop it back into your old PS3 and boom. SUCCESS!!!


That's probably the easiest way now that I think about it.

Feb 18, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Corrupted hard drive

All you need is a friend with a ps3!! Swap the hdd's and boot up your friends ps3, format the hdd, put it back in your ps3 and you may need to format it again.

Aug 10, 2008 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Playstation 3 hard disk files corrupted???

hey ash,

ps3 Hard drive needs to be manually reformatted and checked for bad sectors.

as what youve said, you already formatted it and yet it still says there is a corrupt system file.

when i say "manually formatted" you have to clearly take the hard drive out and format it using another pc or ps3.

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