It will ask you to reformat the drive when you put it into the new PS3 unfortunately bud. You should back up all your game saves to a flash drive once a week just to be on the safe side.
Marty should i put my PS3 standing up? I have mines lying down and gets hot quicky. But the thing is does this scratch the discs?
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I now too feel your pain... mine died this afternoon... i've heard about it, but never really paid attention i always put it down to people mis-using it in some way. after looking into it all of today, it seems it's not us after all THE SYSTEMS ARE FAULTY FROM PURCHASE! it isn't fair. we all pay alot of money for these consoles. we put alot of time and effort into these consoles. and we're continuosly paying to play these consoles through isp subs etc. now i have to pay the hidden tax to get me gaming again... retailers should advertise them as 'PS3 £299 (ON BUY NOW, PAY SONY HIDDEN TAX 1 YEAR LATER £145)'!!!
What really got me was the customer service person i spoke to at playstation who pretended to not recognise the symptoms i described to him replying "hmmm, thats odd?" IDIOT! i really wish there was a way for people like us to be heard properly and actioned upon- lol, i brought mine new on the 2nd of Jan '08 only because i worked on the bar over xmas and saved my tips up- what a waste...
Even if sony wont admit the fault the least they could do is replace/repair free of charge!!! skanks!!! BIG FAT SKANKS!!!
Just to let anyone know if they dont already,sony will replace dead ones free IF the failed system was brought new within 18 months and you have proof of purchase... now lets see how long it takes for them to sort me out- it happened to a friend of mine and he had to wait 7 weeks for his replacement AND even longer to get a replacement copy of the game that was trapped inside...
POOR SHOW SONY...