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Formatting 500gb hard drive on PS3 Stuck on 99%

Its been 20 hours since i have started to format my new 500GB Hard Drive but its been stuck on 99% ever since I dont know if I did something wrong or if this is how long its suppose to take?

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  • eric10710 Apr 18, 2009

    Its been on 99% for like 20 hours and im not to sure how long it toke to reach 99% sorry

  • eric10710 Apr 18, 2009

    So what would you suggest I should do at this point?

  • eric10710 Apr 18, 2009

    Well I shut off the ps3 and tried it againg and now it says "an error occurred during the format operation. (8002F217)"

  • eric10710 Apr 18, 2009

    the ps3 or the hard drive?

  • eric10710 Apr 18, 2009

    Is there anyhting I can do to the hard drive to fix it with out calling the compnany for a new one?

  • Maurice B Thomas
    Maurice B Thomas May 11, 2010

    How long has it been at 99%?

    How long did it take to reach 99%?


  • Bazkaz Apr 26, 2013

    Mine the same. It says 20 hr. so I wated when I came back after 20 hr. the green light is on and it's on black screen. Any idea what to do ...

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Well, at this point, interrupting the format process, normally a really dangerous thing to do, may be your only option, given the need to power
down the unit, for any further maintenance.

This is the kind of thing for which the reset button was made, but if reset,
given the operation of formatting a startup disk, your system may not restart.

If you have the original installation disks, be prepared to reinstall after
another attempt at formatting that which is probably a corrupt disk by now.

If you choose to attempt another format, please be careful to write down
the progress points [10% 20% 30%, etc.] for the use of the service personnel so that some estimation of the location on the disk of any damage can be estimated.

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  • Maurice B Thomas
    Maurice B Thomas Apr 18, 2009

    As I feared, and now for the pack it up and ship it back routine.

    Do you have it under any warrantee?


  • Maurice B Thomas
    Maurice B Thomas Apr 18, 2009

    If they were purchased separately, then just the hard drive, and yeah, it's an easier packing job and an easier exchange.

    So go for it.

    Also, think in terms of buying an extra for external backup purposes, so you have a way to recover from stuff like this in the future.


  • Maurice B Thomas
    Maurice B Thomas Apr 18, 2009

    I could guide you to a YouTube video which gives you the ins and outs of fixing a hard drive and which, after you watch it, you might conclude that
    fixing a hard drive or even trying to retrieve the data is a ridiculous exercise,
    considering the relative cheap course of hard drive replacement.

    Hard drives are even cheaper now, than they were when the video was made, a few years ago, and when they were a bit less complex than they
    are now, and were, as I have already pointed out, a lot MORE expensive
    per Gigabyte. I will turn you on to the anyway.


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