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Ps3 hardrive problem

My ps3 hardrive is corrupted and the screen keeps popping up saying "your hardrive is corrupted it can be restore" but when i push restore nothing happens. & the same screen keeps popping up. can you please help me find a solution. thank you

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  • Anonymous Apr 28, 2008

    this is a p.o.s game. I wish I could get my money back. $500 boat anchor, yeah, theyll send me a coffin and keep my game for 2 or 3 months then ship me a refurbished, scratched up broken headache that once belonged to someone else.

    Turned it on, said it needed to re-build my hard drive. then said there was an error and it needed to reformat my hard drive and that all my files would be deleted- no opportunity to save anything or back anything up. you have no alternative but to hit ok. then it says "reformatting- dont turn unit off" 0% with the progress bar. After 4 hours it was still on 0%. The game has only been used to play ps3 games, nothing ever aded, never dropped, nothing ever spilled in, on or around, dust covered when not being played and a fan to assist it in keeping cool while running. This has been a coddled unit from the word go- always turned off correctly and once off, disconnected from a power source so there was no chance of a power surge, spike or any other excuse Sony could use to say its my fault and not thiers.

    Hooray sony. Keep up the good work, maybe we can get a few americans to build simething here that will work again

  • Anonymous Apr 29, 2008

    The Best way to fix a problem like this is to use a PS3 Repair Guide.

    You can find a good one here:



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It could be the motherboard, see this site for the possible fix

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If you're feeling more ambitious, replacing the hard drive might fix the problem. It's a bit of a gamble, since if it doesn't fix the problem, you're out the cost of an extra hard drive. But, if it does work, you've got some additional bragging rights, and the hard drives available today are up to four times as big as the current offerings by Sony; you can make your PlayStation 3 a 320 Gig model.

There is a small panel on one side (the bottom if you stand it vertically) that pulls off, and inside a smaller casing that unscrews to reveal an ordinary 2.5 inch, 5400 RPM, SATA laptop hard drive. Web sites such as CNet include video tutorials that can walk you through the process. If you've ever upgraded a laptop yourself, this is pretty similar.

I'm planning on doing this on my own PS3 as an "elective procedure." There's a way to back up the hard drive first, so you can transfer game saves, video downloads, and so forth. Unfortunately, this doesn't appear to be an option if you're experiencing hard drive failure.

I think this runs a good chance of fixing the problem, but it's not an absolute guarantee. But, if it does fix it, it could also give you a sizable upgrade.

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Return it back. thats if you have a warranty, same thing happened to me and i just returned it.

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1. Turn off Playstation®3.
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