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Ps3 hard drive

Hey i recently bought a 320gb hard drive for my ps3, I installed it like it asked and did everything right but it wont work, it keeps coming up with an error saying "please insert starage device contaning firmware 2.42 or up" I didnt know by taking the hard drive out that it got rid of the firmware, I have looked everywhere on the web and only one other person has had the same problem and the solution to the problem was useless. Please help! Thanks

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  • joelwest123 Aug 13, 2008

    Hey I tried that and it did the same thing, its driving me insane

  • joelwest123 Aug 13, 2008

    hey I tried that but it didnt make a difference! Bloody thing is driving me nuts!



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Try removing the hard drive, drop it in your laptop and us your OS disc to format it, reinstal and see what happens. that should work. good luck

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