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26 Jan 2011
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This is a FIRST GEN PS3.  Big sleek and sexy.

 

Correct hard disk not found is now the message my PS3 reads upon startup. On that note I hear a clunk clunk sound coming from the HDD area.

Of course the first thing I did was Google why the stupid thing is doing this and that.. and found my way to some fixes. "Hold this/that to access Recovery" Well upon holding this/that I never reach a Recovery menu. Holding down buttons isn't a hard concept I even counted on my fingers like the little kid did in the video - Still the dreaded "Correct hard disk not found"

Another idea was to pull the HDD out and clean it.. did this.. put it back in and once again Correct hard disk not found

What in the hell do I do to make this thing work.. GRR.
(If I have to buy another HDD I don't care.. but what do I buy?)

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Earlier today my PS3 froze and wouldn't shut off forcing me to shut it off using the switch in the back. Since that time I didn't use the PS3 for about 8 hours.. and this is what I come back to.

 

Also recently my girlfriend bought me an external hard drive that we've been using to watch movies.  Not sure if this has anything to do with anything but figured i'd leave it on note.

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"Big sleek and sexy." lol that's funny "sexy".

 

So the HDD was not found, if you cannot format it via your PS3 because it shows it's "damaged" take it out and plug it to an external HDD case or a laptop, then format it on it.

 

I took out the 250GB out of my PS3 Slim and formatted by plugging to a laptop, and it all worked fine (it showed on the PS3 as the HDD was damaged and unusable which wasn't true).

 

If you call PlayStation they'll tell you "you got a serious problem with your PS3" or something like it.

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Going to take a stab at your laptop idea.

 

I assume that I must format it to FAT32?

 

I used http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm to format my external HD - Would I be able to use this to format this current hard drive?

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Going to take a stab at your laptop idea.

 

I assume that I must format it to FAT32?

 

I used http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm to format my external HD - Would I be able to use this to format this current hard drive?


 

 

You can try that too.

 

I formatted the HDD on a laptop, checked its condition, then when I had to put the HDD back on the PS3, it was needed to be re-formatted.

 

It was pretty easy and fast, but since this was my first issue and only with PS3 I was really nervous if it was really in bad condition as PlayStation support told me, but it wasn't.

 

I wouldn't trust to take advice from PlayStation Support ever again.

 

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It looks like the PS3 HD won't fit into my Toshiba Laptop due to the little prong to pull it out from the PS3.

 

Actually the PS3 one has a little 3 prong thing that would insert into the laptop but my Toshiba doesn't even have that.

 

What kind of laptop did you put it into? 

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As it didn't work with an Acer 3610 because of the connection wasn't the same for the PS3's HDD, I had to plug it to my sister's Acer 9300.

 

It worked fine.

 

Not my laptops just borrowed to fix the HDD :P

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I think I'll head down to the computer repair place and see if they have any laptops that will hold it. 

 

Almost at a stand still because it wouldn't fit into my laptop (Afraid to use the GF's.. wouldn't want to hear that wrath)

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Changing/replacing/removing an HDD from a laptop is no big deal, it's actually easier than it seems.

 

You could tell your gf you've got it under control and everything would be fine, no data would be lost.

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Hers is a Toshiba also so I assume that it would be the same go.

Anyways from talking to my dad he says the clunking noise usually means that the item isn't in good shape (Not his wording.. basically he said something about a driver head being broken and I should replace it)

The PS3 HDD's are Sata correct?
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Hi mate

I used to get this problem all the time so did this video on youtube which has helped alot of people get it working again,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp5FoFKEltg

Don't know if this is the same viseo you were talking about.
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Jcarm wrote:
Hers is a Toshiba also so I assume that it would be the same go.

Anyways from talking to my dad he says the clunking noise usually means that the item isn't in good shape (Not his wording.. basically he said something about a driver head being broken and I should replace it)

The PS3 HDD's are Sata correct?

 

When you hear that kind of noise the HDD is not in good condition, but if you didn't ever had a problem with the HDD, you could try to format it on your PC, analyze its health, repair it and then put back on the PS3.

 

You can always buy a new HDD for your PS3 on Amazon or etc, 320gb is actually cheap.

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smell_ya_l8r - That was the first thing I tried doing.. no go accessing the Recovery Menu. Just never becomes an option for me.

I priced out some HDD's today actually and they're cheaper by about $8 dollars online as opposed to the store in town. I figure the $8 dollars is a lot better than waiting for 3-5 days for the item to be shipped. Anyways I'm going to take my whole PS3 unit up there and make sure everything works.
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My old Ps3 60Gb that has 320Gb HDD now does that many times -.- Just need to restart console that works :P
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Restarting the console never worked :)

I actually had to go out and buy a new HDD and instantly fixed!

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Restarting the console never worked :)

I actually had to go out and buy a new HDD and instantly fixed!


 

How big is the HDD?

 

You did the right thing, besides the original HDD was what, 40GB? That's small.

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Jcarm wrote:

Restarting the console never worked :)

I actually had to go out and buy a new HDD and instantly fixed!


 

How big is the HDD?

 

You did the right thing, besides the original HDD was what, 40GB? That's small.


 

Probably a stupid suggestion but try pushing the new one in so it is not loose.

 

Seems like the Phat edition has connector issues when replacing the hard rive. Got the same issue when I replaced the Hard drive on my Phat to a bigger 320 GB on.

 

The console restart usually works for me.

 

best of luck on getting your issue solved.

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In the 3.5  years since i swapped my HDD for a 320gb i`ve had this message appear 3 times on boot up and each time the room has been really cold like sub 50F and on those 3 times i simply just powered down and powered up again, problem solved.

 

If however it is happening frequently then i would suggest either removing and reseating or replacing the HDD altogether

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It's 160 GB - Could have doubled it for $10 more but out of the 60GB of my old HD I had 48GB free.
I don't use the PS3 for much.. a little MW2/Black Ops online.. Watching movies and for the External HD.

Vincent - I pushed it in and not an issue :) Read it perfectly.

Powering down/up didn't solve the issue I did it multiple times. The HDD was just toast.
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