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Ps3 cannot find hard drive

I need to know what to do with my son's ps3 i got him for Christmas. it is now not able to detect the hard drive. apparently a "friend" was added than deleted on call of duty 4 after porn started popping up. it's an 80 gig and i have no intentions of buying another one!!!! HELP!

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  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2008

    was playing call of duty 4 and the playstation claims it cannot dectect the hardrive. anybody know the problem

  • Anonymous Jan 11, 2009

    my PS3 cannot start.The correct hard disk was not found.What I have to do? Thanks

  • Anonymous Jan 29, 2009

    I'm having the exact same problem with mine.

    It says the exact same thing.

    What am i supposed to do to fix this?

    I'm not paying $400 again!

  • xjessica_92 Jan 29, 2009

    When i turn on my PS3 a message pops up that says

    "cannot start. The correct harddisk was not found"

    What does this mean?

    Is there anything i can do with my own hands to

    fix this?


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Try formatting the HDD through the settings, or....try taking out the HDD, plug in the HDD to a computer using apropriate adapters and erase it that way

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My 40gb station is having them problems is it because its 40gb they cannot fix the problem with not reading the hard drive because i doesnt work the same way as the 60gb the 40gb doesnt do the beeps like i have been told

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