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Stops formatting at 99 percent

Ps3 stops formatting at 99 percent have let sit for 4 hours

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  • anthes Dec 22, 2008

    I have the same problem after changing my 40GB PS3 hard disk to a 320GB Western Digital Scorpio Blue hard disk.

    Formatting stops at 99% and the the console is dead!

    Any solutions?

  • Streets77 Apr 23, 2009

    I just bought a PS3 and the first thing it wanted was updates so I let it run. At around 54% it shut down and didn't auto-restart. I started it back up and it said there was an error and it needed to format the hard drive, which I let it do. Then it raced up to 99% and hung there. I left it overnight just in case it was a long procedure and, 9 hours later it was still there at 99%.

    Any fresh ideas?



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My ps3 won't show an icon for any disc that is in, it loads forever and still nothing, aparently my laser is broken, looking on the net and the problem you are having is related to the problem I have according to most people's blogs. If you still have a warranty, call the Sony customer care line on: 08705998877, I called them today, I just had to give my name address phone number and serial number on back of ps3, my new ps3 is being delivered by courier, free of charge tomorrow!
Good luck.

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Hey guys,

i have the same problem as you with my 40gb ps3 and my WD 3200BEVT 320gb hdd. i put in my hdd and my ps3 tells me that it needs to format it. i let it do it and at 99% percent it stops but circle at the top-right is still moving.

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