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Ps3 how could i reformat a ps3 using a labtop r desktop

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Take out the hard drive /// also get a xtrnal hardrive case that has no hard drive in it u can get them from any staples. and set up the hard drive in the xtrenal and huke up the hard drive to the computer and go to my comuter and see the hard drive . and right clike on it and clike on formate hard drive

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Could a PlayStation HDD Work With a Computer PC?

Simply put, yes. HOWEVER, you need to reformat it. The PS3 and PS4 both us SATA 2.5" HDD. So, essentially, you can use that drive in your laptop, but you'll need to reformat it first.

And just as easily, you can always swap out the 20, 40, 60, 80 GB, etc HDD from the PS3 (or the 500GB and 1TB HDD from the PS4), and put in a larger SATA 2.5" HDD to replace it. All you have to do is format it appropriately for the PS3 (or PS4).

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I have tried to format my external hard dri ve to allow me to watch films on my PS3 on advioce from this site. I have followed a step by step guide to reformat the drive and tried reformatting to FAT32. ...

Hi there.

Can you advise me whether or not the format is still trying to take place?

If not I would recommend using a computer to format it and not the ps3

Jun 30, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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When i turn on the Playstation 3 the screen goes all red and says a serious virus has occured, contact technical help for assistance. What do I do?

One way to fix red screen of death on PS3 is to update the firmware. You need to download the latest firmware from Sony's website. Prepare a USB memory stick, and create a folder called PS3 on it. Inside this PS3 folder, create a folder called UPDATE. Down load the PS3 firmware into the UPDATE folder.
Connect the USB memory stick to your PS3. Hit and hold the power button on PS3 until you here 3 beeps. You may seen the menu screen on PS3. If not, press and hold the power again. From the onscreen menu, you should be able to install the new firmware. Update your PS3 and see what happens. No change? Go to the next method.
The other way of PS3 red screen fix is to reformat your PS3 hard drive. There is high possibility that your PS3 hard drive has been corrupted which causes red screen. Therefore you have to reformat it, and restore the system to build the new database.
Firstly, backup all your personal files onto an external USB drive. Take out the your HDD and reformat it using your PC. OR reformat on you PS3 too. Press and hold the power button on PS3 until you here 2 beeps. Then you got a menu where guide you format the HDD.
After reformatting, reboot the PS3, there should be a screen asking you the restore the system. Follow the instructions and accept all the default settings. After that check to see how your PS3 works.
Give these two fixes a go. You have nothing to lose.
There are also chances that none of them works for you. If that is the case, you have to call Sony. They may ask you to send it back to it and return it after 4-6 weeks. But some lucky guys may have a replacement of a new PS3.
OR get yourself a PS3 repair Guide. This is also a good idea, for it costs little but benefits in the long term. Because a good repair guide will provide detailed fixes to most of the PS3 problems, including PS3 red screen.
No matter which way you choose, wish you a success at last.
If you don't want to give $150 to Sony service center or wait for 4-6 weeks to fix your PS3 up. Here is your step by step professional Rob Sheffield's PS3 Fix Guide. Read the review for more.

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Nov 21, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Hard disk corruption. says press x to resore but wont load past 18%

Try this:

turn on ps3 press x to restore on 0 % quickly pull out hdd. then wait may take up to an hour a message will come up to formate hdd. put hdd back in and press yes to format this process worked with in seconds for me but can take longer. it does work but you will lose all saved stuff but online stats will still be on the system. good luck hope it works for u to.

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New fix (possibly), and it doesn't take a laptop or a friend's PS3 to do.

Simply remove the hard drive from your PS3, and turn on the console. It should display a screen saying the hard drive will need to be reformatted. Then, plug the hard drive back into your PS3, and allow it to reformat. Your save game data will be erased, but you should be able to use your PS3 again.

whoever has a problem withe their ps3 needing to be reformatted just take out your hdd when the restore comes up, then press x, it will take a will before the ps3 tells u to insert a hdd to be formatted (took me 12 minutes)

good luck

Apr 10, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Wireless connection 4 ps3

go to network settings,scan for router,accept your cousins router name then follow on screen instructions.hope this helps

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

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Cant connect ps3 to labtop and get connection

Its best to connect your ps3 to an actual modem or router. Going through a labtop I heard is possible, but very complicated.

Aug 11, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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40G PS3 system corrupted

Hello. If the hard drive will not reformat inside the PS3 when you press X, then you will need to remove it and reformat it on a PC using an external device or replace the hard drive. Thanks.

Jan 09, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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You reformat it google reformat ps3 hd on google I just checked it out!

Jul 17, 2008 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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The PS3 has built in network capabilities, WIFI (wireless), for which you need a wireless router, or wired, where you need an ethernet cable and a router OR just a modem if you don't want anything else connected to the internet at the same time.

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