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You have to take apart the Playstation which voids your warranty. I wouldn't remove your hard drive if your not experienced as you are very likely to brake something else. If you need more space or a new hard drive you can buy an external hard drive online or from the store.

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Turning on unit, display of "cannot start the correct hard disk was not found" I tried reseting it by holding the pwr button for ten seconds, didn't work. What can I do?


The only thing I can think of is if you know anyone else who has a ps3, try using your hard drive in their ps3 to see if it works, if not you may have to buy a new hard drive. I don't have a ps3 so I am not sure if the hard drives are removable or not, but I do have an Xbox 360, and the hard drives are removable, and are very easy to remove.

Sep 18, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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How to remove the hard drive on a Playstation 3 Slim Removing the hard drive on...


How to remove the hard drive on a Playstation 3 Slim

Removing the hard drive on the PS3 Slim is simular to removing the hard drive on an original PS3, however the drive is in a different location.

Note if you are upgrading PS3 hard drive you will need to back up your data first so that you are able to put your files back onto the new hard drive.


1. Make sure you have all your cables unplugged from the PS3.

2. Turn the PS3 upside and locate the hard drive access door (it will be at the front of the system next to the small info sticker).

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3. Ether with your finger nail or a small screw driver lift up the cover.

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4. Next carefully unscrew the blue screw. Note you will want to make sure you get the right size phillips head to make sure you do not strip out the screw head. On the few systems I have seen a PH1 head you be the right size you need.

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5. After you have the screw removed you will want to slide the hard drive cover to the right to expose the hard drive.

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6. Next pull down on the lever and pull strait back in the drive caddy to remove it from the PS3.

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If you have remove the drive to upgrade the drive you will want to unscrew the drive from the caddy and install your new drive.

If you have removed to corrupted data on the hard drive the link below will walk you through formatting the hard drive on your computer just skip to step 4 as the first steps are for removing the hard drive from the original PS3.

How to fix PlayStation 3 corrupted hard drive

on Oct 08, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 Slim Console

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How to fix PlayStation 3 corrupted hard drive

If your PS3 will not fully load and you are getting a message that the hard drive is corrupted. Go through the options in recovery mode. The link below will help cover those options.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZWye1CLTVo
If you have gone through the recovery mode options then you may just need to do a full format of the hard drive or there is something wrong with the drive.

Note with a normal hard drive from time to time a sector will fail on a drive. Normally Windows will fix the this with on of the backup sectors on the drive but in the case of your console systems this may not repair the drive.

1. Next what you will need to do is remove your hard drive from your PS3. To do this you will need a small flat head screw driver to pop the hard drive cover off. You will see a tap on the right side to put the screw driver in.

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2. Next you will want to remove the lock screw that holds the drive in place. Normally it is green.

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3. Next lift up the lever and pull the drive back to the right into the open space. This will disengage the drive from the PS3.

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If you are needing the steps to remove the hard drive from the PS3 Slim go to this link. How to remove the hard drive on a Playstation 3 Slim.

Note after you get the hard drive removed from the PS3 you do not have to remove the drive from the caddy that the drive is in.

4. Now you will need to connect the drive to your computers SATA hard drive port and powersupply. Note if your computer does not have a SATA connector and/or you have a manufactured computer like a Dell or HP you may not be able to connect your hard drive directly to the computer. They make USB external kits that will let you connect the drive externally via USB.

5. Next you will want to boot your and open My Computer. After my computer is open you will want right click and select format for the drive that is from the PS3. The format options should open up. You need to make sure that the "Quick Format" option is not check. Note be sure that before you click Start on the format that you are selecting the drive for the PS3.
Note if the Full Format hangs then this is a sign that there is actually a problem with the hard drive its self.

Also note if you have the drive connected to the internal connectors it will show up like a standard drive but if you have it connected externally it will show as a removable drive. If you do not see a extra drive letter you may need to assign one to the drive the links below will help you set a drive letter.

How to change your drive letter in Windows Vista and Windows 7

How to change your drive letter in Windows XP


6. After you format the drive you will want to put it back into the PS3. When you put it back in you will be prompted to format the PS3. The PS3 format will setup the drive for use with the PS3.
Note you may need to reload the firmware on the PS3. If you need to do this you can get the firmware and instructions to install it from this link.

http://us.playstation.com/support/systemupdates/ps3/pc_update/index.htm
At this point you should be able to use your PS3 as normal. If you still have trouble then you most likely have a problem with the hard drive its self.

on May 20, 2010 | Video Game Consoles & Games

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My ps3 i tried to restore its def a hard drive issue I just dont know to remove and installm hard drive and which hard drive the best suitable money not object can i get a walk through on what i need to do...


Ok, changing the hard drive on a PS3 is pretty easy. First, on the left of the PS3 there is a little cover that you can flip out with a small flat blade screwdriver. When this flap is removed you will see a small blue screw. Remove this screw. There will be a little clip that unfolds from the side of the hard drive casing. Hold on to this and pull the hard drive towards the front of the PS3 and then pull is sideways. You must keep the metal frame that the hard drive is secured into. There are 4 screws that hold the frame onto the hard drive. Remove these and the hard drive will come away from the cage.


As to what hard drive to use, really any SATA 2.5" drive will do, it all depends on what sort of data you want to keep on it. I have heard of people installing up to 500Gb hard drives, this is probably the maximum size you want to use. Some people supply hard drives already formatted to PS3 standard, but any drive will work. When you first plug the drive back into the PS3 it will say that it needs formatting, just agree to this and everything should work fine.

Hope this helps.

Aug 02, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Hi i have a problem on my ps3 slim it shows cannot start the correct hard disk was not found can you please help me


Some possible solutions, from easiest to hardest:

-Unplug the PS3 from it's outlet, then replug it back in.

-Restore the PS3 to it's default settings by turning off the console, then pressing and holding the power button for around 10 seconds (it'll beep a few times).

-Remove the hard drive from the console, then put it back in. Here's a detailed guide, but basically you use a screwdriver to remove the bottom hard drive panel, then pull the metal handle to pop it out. You don't have to remove it from it's frame; once it pops out, just put it back in.

-Try the PS3 Safe Mode, options 2, 3, 4 and 5 (3 might delete data, 4 and 5 definitely will).

-Replace the hard drive. The PS3 uses standard 2.5inch SATA laptop/notebook hard drives (5400 or 7200 RPM). They can be found online at any computer parts website; for example, Tigerdirect.

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Send the PS3 back to Sony. If you're under warranty it's free; otherwise it's expensive (150$ I believe). They take forever to send it back though.

Good luck!

Mar 22, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Playstation 3 screen says " cannot start, the correct hard disk was not found." after turned on. will do nothing else. any ideas?


A long shot but it sounds like your hard drive has basically "switched off". If you have a USB sata hard drive dock I can help but its a bit of a complicated process. You need to remove the hard drive from the PS3 and plug it into the USB sata dock then connect it to your computer. Goto Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk Managment. Look in the lower area of the screen that appears for your PS3 drive, probably E:, and look if it says "Not initialized". If it does, right click where it says that then click Initialize Disk. Put it back in your PS3 when it is done and hopefully it will turn back on. You will lose all saved data though as the hard drive will need to be formatted.

Hope this helps

Jul 24, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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HOW DO YOU CONNECT THE PS3 HARD DRIVE TO UR PC?


The hard drive in the PS3 is the same as a laptop hard drive.

Unfortunately there is no way yet to connect the PS3 to the PC over a network, so you will have to remove the hard drive from the computer and physically connect it to the computer.

There are two ways that I know of:
First:
1) Take the hard drive out of the PS3
2) Open your computer case.
3) Install the hard drive just like you would any other hard drive.

Second:
1) Take the hard drive out of your PS3
2) Put the hard drive into an external usb 2.5" hard drive enclosure.
3) Plug the enclosure into your computer's USB port.

Nov 25, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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I have a corrupted file on my ps3 and it trys to repair it self after 30 seconds.it goes right back to the same screen. HELP!!!


Your problem may be more widespread than just that one file. The file system on your hard drive may be corrupt. You can try to reformat the entire hard drive in an attempt to remove all the errors in the PS3 data, or you can buy a new hard drive. You may have to replace the hard drive if the hard drive is failing, and therefore not reading or writing data properly.

To reformat the drive, in the PS3 menu:
NOTE: This will erase everything you saved on the hard drive.

1) Go to the Settings menu, then select System Settings.
2) Select Format Utility, then select Format Hard Disk.
3) Select Quick Format

To replace the Hard Drive, buy any 2.5 inch notebook hard drive that has a serial ATA connection. Then remove the old hard drive from the left side of the PS3 and install the new hard drive.

After installing the new Hard Drive you will need to format the drive. When you turn on the PS3, you will see onscreen instructions to help you with this.

Nov 24, 2009 | Sony PlayStation® 3 (60 GB) Console

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Help brand new ps3 hard drive corrupted. Im not taking the hardrive out, HELL NO!


I would return for replacement if it is new. Or send to sony would be under warranty if under 1 year. If not warrantied try to format the hard drive.Replace hard drie if it is older style PS3 and not the new slim PS3. I think the hard drive is built in and cannot be removed. If is a slim, your best bet is the warranty. Good Luck.

Nov 22, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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The hard disks file system is corrupted.


If you can still access the PS3 menu, then reformat your hard drive by going to:

Settings > System Settings > Format Utility > Format Hard Disk

If you cannot, then you can try:
1) Remove the Hard drive, connect it to a PC and reformat it.
2) Download the latest PS3 operating system from the Playstation website and store it on a USB drive. Then insert the USB drive into the PS3 and start the PS3, and then install the operating system from the USB.

Nov 13, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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