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Hard disk problem

My ps3 shows hard disk database needs to be rebuild and each time i try to do this it tells me i need to format the hard disk but i when i try to format the hard disk drive its just shows formatting do not turn off system, i left it on like that for 4hours but nothing seems to be work, the screen just stays the same....Please help me anybody.

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Re: hard disk problem

I have a problem with ps3 Cannot start the correct hard disk was not found. can any one help me on this.

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Re: hard disk problem

You have a faulty hd.
time to change it for a new one.

this will be the only choice.

Posted on Dec 31, 2007

Re: hard disk problem

My ps3 rebuilted it hard drive why did this happen?

Posted on Jan 08, 2008

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I have warhawk and just got the omega dawn booster which i worked for money for yesterday....... and my system says hard disk erro must be rebuilt or something to that effect and it says all data will be lost but i hope the pack wont be disabled if it is some crazy shit is gonna go down in this house

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Ps3 says hard file disk corrupted and has to be restored but it just keeps doing this and has restored like 15 times and has not fixed itself. what can i do

1. Restore File System

Enter Safe Mode and select "Restore File System". "Restore File System" will attempt to repair damaged files on the hard drive. If this does not work, try the next step.

2. Rebuild Database

Enter Safe Mode and select "Rebuild Data Base". "Rebuild Data Base" will erase messages, playlists, changes made on [Information] screens, trimming information for pictures in [Photo], video thumbnails, video playback history and video resume information. Then attempt to rebuild the PlayStation 3 database. The content that is erased will not be recoverable. If this doesn't work, try the next step.

3. Restore PS3 System

Please note this will erase all content on the hard drive and will not be recoverable.

Enter Safe Mode and select "Restore PS3 System". "Restore PS3 System" will restore the default settings and will format the hard drive. If this doesn't work, try the next step.

4. Re-seat the hard drive

If you have replaced the hard drive in the PlayStation 3, make sure it was installed properly. If the hard drive is not seated correctly, it may cause problems.

5. Try another hard drive (if possible)

There may be an issue with the hard drive that is installed. Try replacing the hard drive with another one.

Feb 10, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console


PS3 Hard Drive Error or Restore Hard Drive

A Hard Drive error is a very common problem on the PS3 and this tip will outline how you can troubleshoot and hopefully resolve a hard drive problem. If your PS3 is showing signs that the hard drive is corrupted or is displaying a message asking you to restore the hard drive follow these steps carefully and you may well avoid an expensive repair or having to consign your hard drive to the bin.

Steps 8 and 9 involve erasing data from your Hard Drive so if at all possible please try to back up your data before commencing this procedure. To back up data go to 'System Settings - Backup Utility' Then follow the on screen instructions and back up the information to an external storage device such as a USB Pen.

To begin the process of troubleshooting and resolving your Hard Drive error you must first put the unit into Safe Mode. Follow these steps carefully;

1) Turn off the PS3 by holding the power button on the front of the unit till it turns red.

2) Hold the power button until you hear the unit beep three times. This will take 15 to 20 seconds.

3) The unit will power off on the third beep and power light will turn red again.

4) Touch and hold the power button again as in step 2. The unit will beep three times except this time the third beep will sound like a quick double beep. As soon as you hear this double beep release the power button.

5) You will see a message onscreen telling you to "Connect a controller using USB and then press the PS button".

6) Do as the message says i.e. connect the controller and press the PS button - you are now in Safe Mode and the hard drive repair can begin.

7) Restore File System. From this point select "Restore File System" on the menu. The PS3 will attempt to repair damaged files on the hard drive. If this does not work move to step 8.

8) Rebuild Database. Enter Safe mode again as outlined and this time select "Rebuild Database". Be aware this mode will erase some information from your hard drive which is not recoverable such as photo and message information. If this fails move to step 9.

9) Restore PS3 System. Again enter Safe Mode and select "Restore PS3 System". This will restore all defaults and completely formats the drive.
Be aware this mode will erase all information from the hard drive.

If everyone of these steps fail and the PS3 is still showing symptoms of hard drive error you can be certain that the hard drive has failed and it will need to be replaced. However in a majority of cases these steps will resolve the issue.

Many thanks for viewing this Tip and I hope it has been helpful to you.

on Dec 06, 2009 | Video Game Consoles

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My playstation 3 gave me screen gave me a message of " The hard disk database will be rebuilt." Can anyone tell what this means????

Firstly don't worry, your HDD has become corrupted which is quite common if you don't switch your PS3 off properly.

Its difficult to say whether you'll lose any data or not, but if you rebuild the database your HDD should be fixed. If it gives you an option to rebuild the database then choose it.

If it doesn't then access the recovery menu and choose option 3 as described in the thread below.

Any further questions feel free to ask.

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

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My PS3 display's the following message when i turn it on..."The hard disk's database will be rebuilt" - When i click 'ok' it displays "Rebuilding the database, do not turn off the system." - Immediately...


If the hard drive is hanging on the format the drive table may have just gottten corrupted. This can happen with a computer but the operating system can fix this usually. The link below will take you through connecting the hard drive to your computer and using it to format the drive. If the computer hangs on the format and/or you still have trouble with the drive then there is something wrong with the drive and you will have to replace it.

Let me know if you have any more problems or questions


Jun 30, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Hard disk formatting

you need to take out the hard disk and formart using an external casing in windows

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

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My ps3 keeps freezing games and movies ive done

turn off you playstation....then turn it back on to where the red light comes on (standby) then hold the power button til it beeps 3 should turn on and back off durin this time....then repeat that process again and a screen should pop up and it asks you if you would like to restore playstation or rebuild database....try the rebuild database.... (it will delete everything saved on your playstation and it could take hour to rebuild it) if that doesnt work then yoyu have a faulty blue ray lens

Dec 27, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Wont start messages comes up saying correct hard disk not found

your hard drive may be dying. or the file system may be corrupted.

before you get a new hard drive there are some tricks to try.

#1 remove the HDD and boot it up without it in, then turn off and put the HDD back in and boot again.

#2 rebuild the file system in the recovery menu

#3 rebuild the database in the recovery menu

To get to the recovery menu you need to press and hold the power button when the ps3 is in standby mode untill you hear a double beep then release. sometimes the ps3 will go back to standby mode before it does the double beep if it does just release the button and press and hold again real fast and wait for double beep.

here is what mine does

ps3 standby(red light) press hold power...........beep...............beep.........standby again, release hold............beep..................double beep ..release power button.

from the recovery consol you can rebuild the file system and database sometimes when they are corrupted it has same symptoms as a dying HDD.

P.S. rebuilding the file system and database will not lose any of your ps3 data, other options will though like the restore ps3 and format HDD.
if the above tricks dont work try updating the firmware, if your at the current firmware you can re-install it from the recovery menu as well using a usb memory stick or a cd with the firmware on it.

if all that doesnt help it looks like its time to get a new HDD, but at least you can upgrade it to a bigger ps3 now. any sata laptop HDD should work. i think a 160gb HDD is only $50ish.

Oct 08, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Yes my playstation 3 is saying hard disk needs to be rebuilt and it only says ok so i click ok another message pops up and says hard **** not found hard disk data will be deleted and lets you selesct ok or...

you could try to remove the hard drive then boot up, then put the hard drive back in and boot and see if that helps or you can try to rebuild the file system and database.

To get to ps3 recovery console to rebuild the database or the file system(neither will format the hard drive), when the ps3 is in standby mode(red light) press and hold the power button till you hear a double beep.

Most of the time the double beep comes after the ps3 beeps once then twice then turns red again when red again release and press again real fast and hold,... this time you will here a "beep" then " double beep beep" then you release and you will have the options to rebuild the database or the file system. basicly keep holding power button from standby till you here a double beep, if it shuts down try again, once you get the hang of it its easy.

if rebuild database and file system doesnt work then you may have to choose yes on the reformat option but it will wont hurt the ps3 itself just anything you have saved on it.

Sep 22, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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