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Hard drive how do i format the hard drive on my ps3

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  • heybabemace1 Jul 24, 2008

    console turns on doesn't go to menu screen says,needs to format,then goes to screen saying formatting may lose saved data,then choose yes goes to loading/formatting and stays at 0%?

  • stezzy4u Jul 26, 2008

    console turns on doesn't go to menu screen says,needs to format,then goes to screen saying formatting may lose saved data,then choose yes goes to loading/formatting and stays at 0%?



    >>>> I turned it on and off, I have tried unpluggin all wires for a bit of time then trying to turn it back on, nothing works... hopefully its not worse then it is... because its my brothers PS3 and i messed it up if i cant fix it i will feel terrible.

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Was a stock harddrive. i have purchased new hard drive and am awaiting it's arrival, i hope this will fix it?

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Have you replaced or swapped out the hard drive in your PS3 or is this the "stock" ps3 hard drive

Posted on Jul 25, 2008

  • Matt Konyn Jul 27, 2008

    It should fix the problem.  You can actually use any 2.5 inch sata drive (laptop hdd) as an internal hdd for you PS3, so you may wanna check out those as they might be cheaper than ordering a new one through sony.  It is fairly easy to set up.  If you have any questions about installation just post here and I can walk you through it. 

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http://www.fixya.com/support/r4853494-fix_playstation_3_corrupted_hard_drive

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