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03 May 2012

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HDD Reformatting

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I have had a system crash and the PS3 tells me about corrupted files and the need to reformat.  I have followed the advice on the posts on this forum and entered safe mode and tried all the steps to no avail.  I have now reluctantly commenced reformatting the drive and the system has been at it for about 5hrs.  

How long should this take?

Also, what should I do if this fails?

 

I would appreciate any help that anyone can give me.

 

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Re: HDD Reformatting

This can vary dependant on the drive but can take up to a day. If the system still won't boot then come back and let us know. If it fails there's not much you can do on your own besides have it replaced :smileysad:
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Thanks. I will attempt again today.

Do you mean replace the hard drive or the entire system?

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If you have a spare hard disk I'd suggest trying that first, or putting it in a computer and formatting it as FAT32 then putting it back in the PS3.

If you're under warranty and don't have any of the things like a desktop PC or Laptop you can put the drive in, or a USB caddy, it might work out less hassle to have it replaced. If its under warranty it's free. Otherwise there's a £130 charge for replacing.

Either way, if possible, try and fix it yourself :smileyhappy:
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Thanks for your help.

 

I tried again for about 14hrs yesterday but it just keeps displaying the restoring screen. I think its had it!

 

Can I remove the HDD and plug it into my Macbook pro and reformat it that way?

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You could try that, though the PS3 will just reformat it again. It may help if there's a bit it's struggling to get past. If possible format it as FAT32.
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I've tried everything and new it seems like Im going to have to buy a new hard drive.
Once I've purchased one, will I have to format it as FAT32 before I put it in the PS3 or can I just put it in and the PS3 will format it for me?
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Re: HDD Reformatting

it's easiest to buy one in FAT32 format, then you'll just be able to stick it right in the PS3 :smileywink:
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Thanks fella! :smileywink:

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Re: HDD Reformatting


fi8767 wrote:
it's easiest to buy one in FAT32 format, then you'll just be able to stick it right in the PS3 :smileywink:

Most aren't pre-formatted but that might work.

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