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My hard drive has broken

When i turn my ps3 on the red light goes to green then to yellow then flashes red

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Does the light flash red, or does it turn off completely?
If it flashes red, you've got an overheating problem. You either need to send it in to Sony, or a third party repair place.

If it turns off completely, you need a new power supply which you can attempt to repair yourself (they cost $30-$40 online) or again, send it in.

Sony charges about $150 USD plus shipping, third party repair places would most like charge $80-$100

With Sony though you usually don't get your system back, they send you a refurbished one (so all your data will be gone).

Usually these fixes don't last (from Sony either). Best bet is to just get someone backup the hard drive data and get your disc out, then buy a new system.

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So in order to fix the blinking red light on your PS3 you will need to repair the connection between the HDD and the motherboard.There is actually a rather simple way that you can do this yourself; while your PS3 console is switched off, locate the hard drive enclosure on the end of your console. Remove the plastic cover plate, then using a screwdriver unscrew the hard drive itself from its socket. Carefully remove it completely, then put it back in again. Tighten the holding screw, then restart your PS3

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You most likely have the YLOD(yellow light of death). If you turn on your ps3 and the light goes green for a sec. then flash yellow then blink red, you have the YLOD. You can got to the playstation websit and see what all the colors mean but long story short the YLOD means you have a internal problem and red means overheating. The early ps3's like the one you have, have that designer flaw in the cooling system. You'll most likely have to call sony and get them to fix it for $150(unless you can find someone for cheaper beacause that's what I did).

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If you do not know what you are doing, you should contact Sony to find out what the problem is exactly but usually it is due to overheating of the hard drive. Just to be safe, do not try to open the PS3 on your own. If you do not have any warranty or it has expired, it can cost you about 140$ to fix your PS3.

You should not be disappointed and sad when your PS3 gets the blinking red light problem. Most of the times, it is a problem of connection with your hard drive or the hard drive itself is broken.

You can quickly fix the PS3 by carefully re-setting the drive. In order to do this, you need to take out the hard drive and then once out, replace inside the PS3 the same way. Usually this is the answer to the Ps3 blinking red light problem. If the red light does not go away by applying thus method, you will have to get a new drive or in some cases a new PS3, ouch!

But do not worry because even if you have to get a new drive, it can be any. Even a 50$ one will work. And the chances are very small that you will have to get a new ps3 because the method I told you repairs it 9 out of 10 times! That means you can get back to your game!

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You should open up the PS3 and use compressed air to dust it off. Take a look at the thermal paste to make sure it isn't dried up! PS3 Flashing Red Light The Ultimate Solution

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This is called a System Error. It is about the same as the Xjunks ring of death. You need to call Sony if you haven't broken your seal yet.

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