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My ps3 say need formatting but when do it dont do anything and when say no for formatting it says wrong hard drive found

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Every time i put the ps3 on it comes up connot start the correct hard disk has not bein found


If you are having trouble with your hard drive being detected this is a sign that there could be corrupted data on the hard drive or actually something wrong with the hard drive. The link will take you formating the if needed. If you still have trouble then the problem is with the hard drive its self.

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Trying to upgrade my hard drive to 250gb. PS3 will not recognise new hard drive even after I format it to FAT32 on a computer. When I put new hard drive into the PS3 it tells me to format hard drive and if...

If your PS3 is telling you to format your hard drive, then it is recognizing it. You have to reformat the hard drive using the PS3, not your computer. If you don't have the option of formatting your hard drive then you may have to download an update from Sony and then run that disc to format the hard drive. Some of the updates will completely erase all saves, downloads, & etc when done from a disc. So be sure to use this with your new hard drive in the PS3, just to be sure not to lose all your stuff on your old hard drive. Sony has a "walk-thru" on these things on their website.

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Try and do a quick format on the hard drive, could of been that somebody switched out the hard drive with one that isn't formatted for the ps3. If it won't let you do a quick format on the hard drive then that means the hard drive that is in the system is bad and would need to be replaced. Once replacing the hard drive then go ahead and quick format it then. It should do it and then you can use the PS3 like you normally would.

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Ps3 hard drive will not format PS3 freezes at 99%


If you are using the built in format tool in the PS3 it may not be able to finalize the hard drive properly.

If you have access to a desktop computer the link below will take you through doing a full format of the hard drive with your computer. This way you can see if the hard drive is actually bad. If the hard drive hangs on the full format on the computer then the drive needs to be replaced.

Let me know if you have any more problems or questions


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Hi, Ron_Edward837.

Try taking out the PS3 hard drive and inserting it. Please do this without the PS3 being connected to anything.

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PS3 Formating 500GB Internal Hard Drive?

hi, you should be able to do it with just windows once you connect the drive. but i dont think the ps3 can support 500gb

Apr 24, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Ps3 not formating 500gb internal new hard drive?

Hi Eric,

First you will need to connect the hard drive to your computer or a friends, either using a hard drive enclosure or cable

Then you need to format the drive into fat32 format (full format recommended , not quick format)

Then put it back into your ps3 and have a usb flash drive with the latest ps3 software loaded

then you will be able to format the drive and load the ps3 os

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Ps3 blank screen

More than likely your hard drivewas corrupted. The easiest way to fix it is to format the hard drive.There are LOTs of different ways to do this but the easiest way is tojust hook the hard drive to a computer via a usb cable and then formating it through disc manager.

Here's a quick guide:

It doesn't matter what file systemyour choose, just format it, and then pop it back into the PS3. It willrecognise the hard drive as a new drive and then will reformat it againso that the PS3 can read it.

That's it! Problem solved.

The drives are SATA so if you don't have a usb cable you could always throw the drive into a laptop as long as it takes a SATA drive and use an XP or Vista CD and follow the same generall game plan: format the drive

ORyou could swap the drive into someone else's PS3, it will do the sameexact thing. It will recognize it as a new drive and will format it,then just pop it back into your old PS3 and boom. SUCCESS!!!


That's probably the easiest way now that I think about it.

Feb 19, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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External hard drive not recognised on my ps3??

Ok. Well this is easy! your hard drive is formatted in NTFS, ps3 wont recognize that. it needs to be fat32 find an XP machine not a vista machine.

download Swiss Army Knife and format the drive in fat32. you will loose ALL information in your external. you will need to back up anything you want to save and put it back after the format.

good luck!

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