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Ps3 told me to format my hard disk with no warning stopped in middle of ncaa 08 march madness so i did and now it goes up to 99 percent and just sits there i have let it sit up to 4 hours what do i do i just bought the 40 version in november

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Make sure you have the latest firmware.
if youve laready got the latest id say take it back to the store or cal playstation

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My old ps3 got ylod. i got a new slim works perfectly fine. i figured i should put my 60 gb in it to format it so it doesnt go to waste but the formatting stops at 99%. when i put my slim hard drive back...

Formatting writes data to the disk, should a sector of the disk be damaged the hard drive may not report it to he PS3 firmware. If you can install the hard drive in a computer hard drive repair utilities, like spinrite, can often fix such problems.
Connecting it to a computer and doing a low level format there is likely to have better error correction than the built in PS3 formatting.

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PS3's connected by either AV or HDMI port, and the error appear: "cannot start correct hard disk not found"

Hi logan86,

Do you have an Hard Disk inside your PS3? if you do then try reformatting your hardrive again to a FAT32 format. To do so, when your ps3 console is turned off remove the hard-drive and connect it to a PC. Then use this software: to format it to a FAT32 format and after that connect it back into the PS3.

Warning: This will result in the loss of all data on your hard-drive but it's the only chance of using that hard-drive again.

Hope this helped!


Mar 08, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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I have owned a PS3 for 4 years now. I have had no real problems with the system itself. Today, 3/18/10, I was playing NCAA March Madness. The system shutdown in the middle of the game! There was no power...

It sounds like the power supply might be damaged.
Return it to Sony. If it is still under warranty, the repair will be free; otherwise, Sony will charge a flat $150 fee.

Mar 19, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Ps3 states that the hard disk's file system is corrupted. Restoring doesn't work then when formatting it won't progress after 99%. Any ideas pls?

Most likely you are going to need to buy an external hard drive enclosure. Take out the hard drive put it in the hard drive enclosure then in windows format the drive with fat32 format. This should solve your problem, if not you may need a new drive.
Thank you,

Mar 07, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Sounds liek your hard drive has failed, search ebay for this model of laptop with hardrive at end of yoru search, not 100 percent sure but im nearly 90 percent sure its hard drive failure.

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Formatting 500gb hard drive on PS3 Stuck on 99%

Well, at this point, interrupting the format process, normally a really dangerous thing to do, may be your only option, given the need to power
down the unit, for any further maintenance.

This is the kind of thing for which the reset button was made, but if reset,
given the operation of formatting a startup disk, your system may not restart.

If you have the original installation disks, be prepared to reinstall after
another attempt at formatting that which is probably a corrupt disk by now.

If you choose to attempt another format, please be careful to write down
the progress points [10% 20% 30%, etc.] for the use of the service personnel so that some estimation of the location on the disk of any damage can be estimated.

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the version 1.02 is the update to play online while the version 2.53 is the system software of the have to download first the v 1.02 to be able to play the game.

Dec 31, 2008 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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My ps 3 says file was corrupt.needs formatting

I would say try throwing another 2.5" Hard Drive into the system and see if that solves the problem. It seems like there is something wrong with the hard drive itself. If you don't have an extra one around, you can buy one off of for pretty cheap. Just make sure it's a 2.5" SATA 1.5 or 3.0 hard drive with 5400rpm and you should be just fine.

Oct 26, 2008 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Stops formatting at 99 percent

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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