Question about Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console
This could mean that ur hard drive has failed, this is a a very common problem for hard disc video recorders (PVR).
If you have the confidence, open ur PS3 extract the HD and connect it to a pc to do diagnostics on the HD
Posted on Aug 06, 2008
SOURCE: Hard disk
remove your hard drive, power on teh console, power off the console, install the hard disk again and power again the console.
Hope this will make the system recognize the hard drive again.
Posted on Sep 02, 2008
SOURCE: ps3 problems again
Have you tried pulling out the hard drive and then turn it on to see what it does? If it says the same thing the hard drive may have died if not put the drive in making sure its firmly seated and power back up, make sure the power is off before you do anything. Was the system dropped at all?
Posted on Dec 11, 2008
SOURCE: Hard disk gone bad
I am not 100% sure but there is a risk associated with order most electronics over the internet. The reason for this is most products are embedded with whats known as "Regional Programming" or "Regional Coding".
Regional coding makes products only work in specific pre programmed regions (or with products from those regions ie cds from other countries dont work in your dvd plaer) the reason for this is in order to sell them internationally they have to be brought to a price relative to that market, and if you were to exchange your currency to a countries with a nlesser GNP (Gross National Product which determines international dollar value) you would be able to purchase the product from that country at a lesse price. now so the whole systme doesnt fall apart they do this.
I do not know if PS3's hardware is like this but i know international games are so just to sure i would advise against it or make sure you know where the source got the hardware.
Posted on Apr 12, 2009
yes this should solve your problem. however this will void any warranty so if there is still warranty then send it off. otherwise replace it and the problem should be solved
Posted on Nov 19, 2009
Be sure to folleow these instructions to the letter, you could damage your PS3 if you choose the wrong option! I do not take any responsibility! Please proceed at your own risk! If you read and follow the instructions exactly you should not loose any data! Feel free to ask questions if you are confused so you don’t make a mistake!! Sorry, I had to say it, I don’t want anyone mad at me if they make a mistake, don’t back up their data and erase it, and then blame me…
The current version of the ps3 firmware has a “recovery console”.
You access it by
1. Start with having the system in standby (redlight is on)
2. Hold the power button down; the system will turn on and turn off once again.
3. Press and hold the power button again and keep holding, it will beep as it turns on and then it will double beep. When you hear the double beeps immediately take your finger off the power button (if your system turns off before you get a double beep just try again and hold the button, it should double beep the 2nd time you try)
4. You will be prompted to plug in your controller via USB and then hit the PS button
You will now have a screen with these options
1. Restart System: Restarts the PLAYSTATION®3 System.
2. Restore Default Settings: Reset all system settings back to default.
CHOOSE THIS ONE 3.Restore File System: Checks for corrupt/missing system files.
4. Rebuild Database: Rebuilds the OS for the PLAYSTATION®3.
5. Restore PS3 System: Fresh restore; Deletes everything and starts from Scratch.
6. System Update: Update the PLAYSTATION®3 System
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU DO NOT CHOOSE THE WRONG OPTION HERE OR YOU WILL LOSE ALL YOUR DATA. The one that fixed my blu-ray drive is option 3: RESTORE FILE SYSTEM
I REPEAT CHOOSE RESTORE FILE SYSTEM
After this, it is going to restart and bring up a screen reading something like “you have Corrupted System Data. Your PS will now replace this data” Then you choose continue and that should be it.
This option reinstalls the system files and drivers inside the PS3 with the original ones that are stored on your hard drive. In this case, it replaced a corrupted driver for the blu ray drive thus fixing my issue and hopefully yours!! This option will only replace all system files thus saving you from loosing any data that’s stored on your hard drive. Again this option does nothing to your hard drive it reads a file from the drive and rewrites it to the PS3 system.
Here is a video of the recovery screen.
If you want a more technical understanding of what this is really doing continue reading. DO NOT NEED TO READ THIS TO COMPLETE REPAIR. The PS3 does not boot from your hard drive as a computer does. It has a flash memory like a cell phone that stores all system files and system firmware updates that you get when the PS3 updates. This is why reformatting your hard drive will not fix your problem, none of the system files are stored on your hard drive (ex. XMB, system firmware, etc.) nor do they run from the drive. However, your hard drive does contain a full backup of your SYSTEM files and thus when you choose option 3: RESTORE FILE SYSTEM it rewrites the original system files from your drive (which aren’t corrupted) back to the flash memory, which is corrupt, thus solving the problem.
Posted on Mar 25, 2010
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