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Hardware Corruption I turned my PS3 and it said your hard drive is corrupted and it said if i wanted to restore or not and i clicked yes and after 2 hours it is still at 0% and it tells me not to turn off my console. What do I do?

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Donno if your still interested to know this but you dont need to buy a new hard disk incase formating or restoring did not work out. you can always remove your hard drive. follow the removal tips in the help and support ps3 handbook. thereafter you should connect it to a computer through usb drive. you can do this by dismantling any old hard disk casing and replacing the hard disk with the ps3 hard disk. once done connect it to a computer, format it and then put it back into the ps3 system and upon putting it on. you'll just follow the easy format instructions and your back in business

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When im gonna install new version of BLACK OPS it says problem something bla bla (80010038) wtf is wrong!!???

its a data corruption error, you can first try fixing it by removing all your COD Black ops data

This may/may not work, its used to fix corrupt files in the hard drive. I've never had to use it but it might work for you.
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.
When your there go down to 3. Restore File System. Only select this one.
DO NOT go on 5. Restore PS3 System, it will remove everything from your HDD.
Once that's done it should have fixed the corruption in the files on the system. Don't hold me too it, but It's worth trying.
I'm not going to be held responsible for anything being lost from your system for trying this, do it at your own risk. If you want, you could back up all the things you want/need.

May 31, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Playstation 3 saying hard drive file corrupted needs restoring, it restores but goes back to saying hard drive file corrupted

Hello there Sir! My name is Aleksandar and I'm from FixYa solution team.

It looks like you have real trouble with PS3 HDD corruption, I advise you to watch this short explanation video and follow the rules to make sure you fix the problem.

link is bellow:


Thanks on your time, contact me if you need more help!

Wish you good day Sir! :)

May 05, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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I have a corruption system disk on my ps3 when it says restore it wont restore

Consider yourself lucky, this one is easy to fix. All you need to do is replace the hard drive with ANY 500gb or smaller 2.5 inch SATA drive.

You can get a 250gb drive for less than $50 from Best Buy right now. Just swap the drive out, turn on the PS3 and follow the onscreen instructions.

Hope this info helps!

Oct 13, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Ps3 says The hard disks file is corrupted and will be restored

This is a standard issue and usually means your hard drive has gone bad. You can try a reformat and see if that works just in case it's just an OS corruption, but this doesn't often work. Your best bet is to just replace the Hard drive

Dun't forget to rate me if this helps :)

Aug 15, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Hard disks file is corrupted

Has it asked you to reformat the hard disc? If you have tried that and it still doesn't work then you may need a new hard drive. Don't worry, for $20-$50 (US) you should be able to fix it. Without knowing what happened before that it's hard to say. But my best guess is that the hard drive is internally damaged in some way. Just take off the small panel on the left side, remove the screw, use the little handle and gently pull to the right then out. It should be a Seagate SATA hard drive 20, 40, 60, or 80GB. Just buy a new one from your local store or online. Make sure that you mark the bad one before you get the new one near it so you don't get tem mixed up. Then remove the 4 little screws on the mountinng cage, switch hard drives, install back into PS3 and it will give you the format screen again. Click yes and it will format, turn off, back on, and you should be all set!!

May 04, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Im having trouble starting my ps3 it saying hard disk file system is corrupted

Assuming this is just a file corruption and not a hardware failure. You can go into safe mode and click the restore system files option

Apr 26, 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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My ps3 starts and will run a game for a few minutes but then it will freeze and the screen will start showing green dots dots increase in size too and lines will apear across the screen as well can you...

Be sure to folleow these instructions to the letter, you could damage your PS32_bing.gif if you choose the wrong option! I do not take any responsibility! Please proceed at your own risk! If you read and follow the instructions exactly you should not loose any data! Feel free to ask questions if you are confused so you don’t make a mistake!! Sorry, I had to say it, I don’t want anyone mad at me if they make a mistake, don’t back up their data and erase it, and then blame me…

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The current version of the ps3 firmware has a “recovery console”.
You access it by

1. Start with having the system in standby (redlight is on)

2. Hold the power button down; the system will turn on and turn off once again.

3. Press and hold the power button again and keep holding, it will beep as it turns on and then it will double beep. When you hear the double beeps immediately take your finger off the power button (if your system turns off before you get a double beep just try again and hold the button, it should double beep the 2nd time you try)

4. You will be prompted to plug in your controller via USB and then hit the PS button

You will now have a screen with these options

1. Restart System: Restarts the PLAYSTATION®3 System.
2. Restore Default Settings: Reset all system settings back to default.

CHOOSE THIS ONE 3.Restore File System: Checks for corrupt/missing system files.
4. Rebuild Database: Rebuilds the OS for the PLAYSTATION®3.
5. Restore PS3 System: Fresh restore; Deletes everything and starts from Scratch.
6. System Update: Update the PLAYSTATION®3 System



After this, it is going to restart and bring up a screen reading something like “you have Corrupted System Data. Your PS will now replace this data” Then you choose continue and that should be it.

This option reinstalls the system files and drivers inside the PS3 with the original ones that are stored on your hard drive. In this case, it replaced a corrupted driver for the blu ray drive thus fixing my issue and hopefully yours!! This option will only replace all system files thus saving you from loosing any data that’s stored on your hard drive. Again this option does nothing to your hard drive it reads a file from the drive and rewrites it to the PS3 system.

Here is a video of the recovery screen.

If you want a more technical understanding of what this is really doing continue reading. DO NOT NEED TO READ THIS TO COMPLETE REPAIR. The PS3 does not boot from your hard drive as a computer does. It has a flash memory like a cell phone that stores all system files and system firmware updates that you get when the PS3 updates. This is why reformatting your hard drive will not fix your problem, none of the system files are stored on your hard drive (ex. XMB, system firmware, etc.) nor do they run from the drive. However, your hard drive does contain a full backup of your SYSTEM files and thus when you choose option 3: RESTORE FILE SYSTEM it rewrites the original system files from your drive (which aren’t corrupted) back to the flash memory, which is corrupt, thus solving the problem.

Mar 25, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Hard disk corruption, will not restore


If you are getting the corrupted hard drive message this means that you have corrupted data on your hard drive. The link below will help you address this.

Let me know if you have any more problems or questions


Dec 31, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Data Corruption

Just keep clicking "OK". I think it's restoring each of your save files one by one. I've had the same problem recently, but after a while it will just start up again with all your wonderful data restored to its former glory.

Jun 04, 2008 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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