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Formatting stays at 0%... ?? why

Console turns on doesn't go to menu screen says,needs to format,then goes to screen saying formatting may lose saved data,then i 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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  • dlal231 May 05, 2009

    I turned on my ps3 for the first time and it says the hard disks data base will rebuild so i click ok and than it says error during rebuild process system needs to format hard disk so i click okay and it stays at 0% i sat their for 2 hours and nothing happened so the next day i tried it again and left it on and went to work 8 hrs later it was still at 0%? is their anyother way of fixing this without buying a new hard disk???

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Hello. Don't worry, for $20-$50 (US) you should be able to fix it. Without knowing what happened before that it's hard to say. But my best guess is that the hard drive is internally damaged in some way. Just take off the small panel on the left side, remove the screw, use the little handle and gently pullforward then out. It should be a Seagate SATA hard drive 20, 40, 60, or 80GB. Just buy a new one from your local store or online. Make sure that you mark the bad one before you get the new one near it so you don't get tem mixed up. Then remove the 4 little screws on the mountinng cage, switch hard drives, install back into PS3 and it will give you the format screen again. Click yes and it will format, turn off, back on, and you should be all set!!
I hope this helps!! Good luck.

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Be sure to backup your settings/games saves by doing a System > Backup on your PS3 or you may lose your game saves! Also, this is a last resort procedure prior to exchanging/returning to sony.
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or this:
New fix (possibly), and it doesn't take a laptop or a friend's PS3 to do.

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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)

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BUT REMEMBER THAT YOU WILL LOSE ALL YOUR DATA IN THE HARD DISK INCLUDING YOUR SAVES, IMAGES, MOVIES AND ALL YOUR STUFF


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