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Hard disk not found?!

I just got my new PS3 and I started setting it up. Then I presses a button to see the security settings and the PS3 suddenly froze. I turned it off and when I turned it on again the screen didn't display the menu, but a message saying:
"Cannot start. Hard disk could not be found."
please help me, its christmas! thankyou, ma.fer

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I thik u have to format the hard disk and try it again. or may be u have change to the security settings.

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Ps3 cannot start hard disk not found


The hard disk may be faulty. Try reseating the hard disk if the PS3 still cannot find the hard disk then it is faulty and a new hard disk is needed and the PS3 software needs to be installed on the new hard disk.

Dec 05, 2011 | Sony Video Game Consoles & Games

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Hi i have a problem on my ps3 slim it shows cannot start the correct hard disk was not found can you please help me


Some possible solutions, from easiest to hardest:

-Unplug the PS3 from it's outlet, then replug it back in.

-Restore the PS3 to it's default settings by turning off the console, then pressing and holding the power button for around 10 seconds (it'll beep a few times).

-Remove the hard drive from the console, then put it back in. Here's a detailed guide, but basically you use a screwdriver to remove the bottom hard drive panel, then pull the metal handle to pop it out. You don't have to remove it from it's frame; once it pops out, just put it back in.

-Try the PS3 Safe Mode, options 2, 3, 4 and 5 (3 might delete data, 4 and 5 definitely will).

-Replace the hard drive. The PS3 uses standard 2.5inch SATA laptop/notebook hard drives (5400 or 7200 RPM). They can be found online at any computer parts website; for example, Tigerdirect.

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Send the PS3 back to Sony. If you're under warranty it's free; otherwise it's expensive (150$ I believe). They take forever to send it back though.

Good luck!

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

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I have a slimline ps3 and my hard drive was corrupted so i downloaded a new system update it installed the update it let me adjust the time and date settings and just before it goes to the screen that...


  1. KINDLY REMOVE THE HARD DISK FROM THE CONSOLE
  2. LOOK FOR AN EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE PACK
  3. PUT THE PS3 HARD DISK INTO THE EXTERNAL HARD DISK PACK
  4. CONNECT IT TO YOU COMPUTER
  5. AND FORMAT IT.
  6. REMOVE IT FROM THE EXTERNAL PACK
  7. PUT IT BACK INTO THE PS3 CONSOLE AND TURN IT ON.
  8. IT WILL ASK FOR UPDATE
  9. THEN YOU UPDATE IT.
  10. IF AFTER DOING ALL THIS AND IT DOSEN'T WORK
  11. CHANGE THE HARD DISK INSIDE THE PS3.

Jan 23, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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I'm getting cannot start the correct hard disk was not found


the hard disk is not recognised by your ps3 u make sure all settings r normal if u cant make out what happen to the ps3 then u can check with this site to solve the problem...

Dec 02, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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My ps3 has stopped working! It says: "Cannot start. Correct hard disk not found." Please, please, please can you help??? Many thanks, Mark & Michelle


Ouch, Bad news Mark and Michelle. This is a fatal error on the hard drive. Basically, the hard drive needs to be replaced :( Sorry

Aug 12, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Ps3 says hard disk's file is corrupted and will be restored starts restoring then goes back to screen saying hard disk's file is corrupted.what can i do now?


Hello,

follow this procedures its a solution to corrupted hard disk.

Put your PS3 in Standby Mode. The first thing your going to want to know is your model number. It can be found on the back panel of the PS3 on the serial number label, and it will begin with CECH. Example - Serial: XXXXXXXXXXXX-CECHXXX -

For models: CECHA01, BO1, E01, E01MG, G01, H01, H01MG, K01, LO1, AND P01, it will have a power switch on the back. Flip it off then back on and you will have a solid red indicator light on the front.

For models: CECH-2001A and 2001B, press the power button on the front until the indicator light turns red. If all else fails unplug the power cord and plug it back

Time to enter Safe Mode. Press and hold your finger over the power button on the front until you hear three beeps and the indicator light goes back to red. Then release the button. (The second you touch it you will hear a beep, that's the first beep. Five seconds later a second beep, another five seconds the third and final beep will sound then the indicator light will return to red.)

Press and hold your finger over the power button again until you hear a quick double beep. The release the button. (The second you touch it you will hear a beep, that's the first beep. Five seconds later a second beep, another five seconds you will hear the double beep.)

You will then see this screen. "Connect the controller with the USB cable, then press the PS button".

Connect the USB cable to the USB port on the front of your PS3 and the top of your game controller, (between the left and right bumpers). Then Press the PS button in the center of the controller.

You will then see this screen. -REMINDER: -BY DOING THE FOLLOWING ALL OF YOUR DATA ON YOUR PS3 WILL BE LOST, YOUR ONLINE STATS ARE ON THE NETWORK SO YOU WILL GET THAT STUFF BACK, INCLUDING GAMES AND ADDONS YOU BOUGHT FROM THE PSN.-

Select option number 5. (Restore PS3 System). Then select yes to perform step. You will then see this screen. "The hard disk's file system is corrupt and will be restored.

The PS3 will then restart. You will see many different languages, all that is is saying is, "Connect the controller with the USB cable, then press the PS button". Press the PS button and set your settings when it finishes it will start up and its fixed!

Good luck.

Jul 29, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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My ps3 displays"cannot start.The correct hard disk was not found"


Hello,

You can also try the steps below. Its from PlayStation Forum:

1. Turn off Playstation®3.
2. Hold the power button down; the system will turn on and turn off once again.
3. Once the System has been shutdown, re-press you finger until you hear 2 consecutive beeps
4. When you hear the 2 beeps take finger off power button.
5. You will be prompted to plug in your controller via USB and then hit the PS button
6. The Recovery menu will pop up.

The current Recovery Menu supports:
• Restart System: Restarts the PLAYSTATION®3 System.
• Restore Default Settings: Reset all system settings back to default.
• Restore File System: Checks for corrupt/missing system files.
• Rebuild Database: Rebuilds the OS for the PLAYSTATION®3.
• Restore PS3 System: Fresh restore; Deletes everything and starts from Scratch.
• System Update: Update the PLAYSTATION®3 System

If the above steps still does not solve the problem, then I think will have to update your Ps3.

Update your PS3 (in the settings menu the 1st option).

Go on the internet browser on the PS3 then go on the menu press triangle then on one of them there are delete cookies and the delete the others as
well as cookies.

You could also try this as well: put the PS3 on then press the eject button (with no disc in) then hold it and switch the PS3 off at the back with
your finger on the eject button still holding it, then put it back on and the fan test should be working this may cool it down. It might be over heating.

But if your problem is not still solved, then maybe you should call sony for further assistance.

I wish you good luck.

Apr 08, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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My ps3 doesn't even have an options when I start it, it only says cannot start, correct hard disk cannot be found, what do I do?


Hello,

Try this:

Put your PS3 in Standby Mode. The first thing your going to want to know is your model number. It can be found on the back panel of the PS3 on the serial number label, and it will begin with CECH. Example - Serial: XXXXXXXXXXXX-CECHXXX -

For models: CECHA01, BO1, E01, E01MG, G01, H01, H01MG, K01, LO1, AND P01, it will have a power switch on the back. Flip it off then back on and you will have a solid red indicator light on the front.

For models: CECH-2001A and 2001B, press the power button on the front until the indicator light turns red. If all else fails unplug the power cord and plug it back

Time to enter Safe Mode. Press and hold your finger over the power button on the front until you hear three beeps and the indicator light goes back to red. Then release the button. (The second you touch it you will hear a beep, that's the first beep. Five seconds later a second beep, another five seconds the third and final beep will sound then the indicator light will return to red.)

Press and hold your finger over the power button again until you hear a quick double beep. The release the button. (The second you touch it you will hear a beep, that's the first beep. Five seconds later a second beep, another five seconds you will hear the double beep.)

You will then see this screen. "Connect the controller with the USB cable, then press the PS button".

Connect the USB cable to the USB port on the front of your PS3 and the top of your game controller, (between the left and right bumpers). Then Press the PS button in the center of the controller.

You will then see this screen. -REMINDER: -BY DOING THE FOLLOWING ALL OF YOUR DATA ON YOUR PS3 WILL BE LOST, YOUR ONLINE STATS ARE ON THE NETWORK SO YOU WILL GET THAT STUFF BACK, INCLUDING GAMES AND ADDONS YOU BOUGHT FROM THE PSN.-

Select option number 5. (Restore PS3 System). Then select yes to perform step. You will then see this screen. "The hard disk's file system is corrupt and will be restored.

The PS3 will then restart. You will see many different languages, all that is is saying is, "Connect the controller with the USB cable, then press the PS button". Press the PS button and set your settings when it finishes it will start up and its fixed!

Good luck.

Mar 23, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Corrupt hard disk


Put your PS3 in Standby Mode.
The first thing your going to want to know is your model number. It can be found on the back panel of the PS3 on the serial number label, and it will begin with CECH. Example - Serial: XXXXXXXXXXXX-CECHXXX -
For models: CECHA01, BO1, E01, E01MG, G01, H01, H01MG, K01, LO1, AND P01, it will have a power switch on the back. Flip it off then back on and you will have a solid red indicator light on the front.
For models: CECH-2001A and 2001B, press the power button on the front until the indicator light turns red. If all else fails unplug the power cord and plug it back in.
Time to enter Safe Mode.
Press and hold your finger over the power button on the front until you hear three beeps and the indicator light goes back to red. Then release the button. (The second you touch it you will hear a beep, that's the first beep. Five seconds later a second beep, another five seconds the third and final beep will sound then the indicator light will return to red.)
Press and hold your finger over the power button again until you hear a quick double beep. The release the button. (The second you touch it you will hear a beep, that's the first beep. Five seconds later a second beep, another five seconds you will hear the double beep.)

Connect controller to PS3 screen. You will then see a screen. "Connect the controller with the USB cable, then press the PS button".
Connect the USB cable to the USB port on the front of your PS3 and the top of your game controller, (between the left and right bumpers). Then Press the PS button in the center of the controller.

Safe Mode options screen. Connect controller to PS3 screen. You will then see this screen. Safe Mode options screen
-REMINDER: -BY DOING THE FOLLOWING ALL OF YOUR DATA ON YOUR PS3 WILL BE LOST, YOUR ONLINE STATS ARE ON THE NETWORK SO YOU WILL GET THAT STUFF BACK, INCLUDING GAMES AND ADDONS YOU BOUGHT FROM THE PSN.-
Select option number 5. (Restore PS3 System). Then select yes to perform step.

You will then see this screen. "The hard disk's file system is corrupt and will be restored."
The PS3 will then restart. You will see many different languages, all that is is saying is, "Connect the controller with the USB cable, then press the PS button". Press the PS button and set your settings when it finishes it will start up and its fixed!

Feb 20, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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My playstation will not read dvd's and just recently stopped reading games. I'm just wondering how to reset the entire system


  1. From the XMB™ home menu, go to icn_settings.gif(Settings) > icn_syssettings.gif(System Settings) > [Restore Default Settings].

  2. Once you select [Restore Default Settings], you will see a list of settings that will be restored. Scroll through them and press the icn_btnx_color.gifbutton to restore the settings.

  3. After the operation is complete, you will see the initial setup screen that appeared the first time you turned on the PLAYSTATION 3.
    You will need to go through the initial setup process before you can use the PLAYSTATION 3.
IMPORTANT
The Restore Default Settings feature will erase any previously saved settings and restore all of the following settings to the default:
  • BD/DVD Settings
  • Music Settings
  • Chat Settings
  • System Settings
  • Date and Time Settings
  • Accessory Settings
  • Display Settings
  • Sound Settings
  • Security Settings
  • Network Settings
  • Internet Browser Settings
Read this next paragraph carefully!!!!!!
Also, do not confuse "Restore Default Settings" with the "Restore PS3 System" option (the next option down on the menu). The "Restore PS3 System" will not only restore the default settings, but it will also delete all hard disk content. (You will lose all saved content from your PS3 system's hard drive if you use "Restore PS3 System.)

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