Question about Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console
I am assuming you are saying that either your PS3 is unable to read the disk when you pop it into the console, or it's constantly reading it while you are playing the game. If neither of these resemble what is happening, press and hold the power button on your PS3 for about ten seconds. When it beeps a couple of times, release it.
First off, restoring the PS3 and reformatting the Hard Drive are two different things. If restoring the PS3 didn't work, you can always try reformatting. You will lose all your saved states but it could fix your problem.
If it's just trying to read your disk when you're playing a game, this is common. You'll likely see the HDD indicator lighting up several times while you are playing a game. The days of looking for a save point are over. Your game will always be sending information to the HDD when you pass certain checkpoints or areas of interest so that should you get a Game Over, you can resume from the last checkpoint.
Beyond that, I would call SCEA (1-800-345-7669) as it could be a defected piece of hardware. Maybe you covered the air vents with something and it got too hot.
Posted on Jan 01, 2011
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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NOTE: A PS3 system restore will delete all data except the OS. I recommend backing up your console onto a USB flash drive if possible.
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