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PS3 Hard Drive dead - what can I do?

Discussion in 'PS3 Forum' started by charles bronson, Oct 7, 2008.

  1. charles bronson

    charles bronson Member

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    Hi,

    My Ps3 won't boot past the welcome screen (that says SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT).

    I can hear a noticable stutter in the musical bit that plays, then the writing dissapears and I am left with that swirling line - and no log in names appear.

    It just hangs like that. It won't turn off from holding down the button, instead I have to flick the power switch at the back.

    I am using a 250gb drive I put in, so I tried the old 60gb one I got with the machine. It boots up fine. So its the drive not the machine.

    the 250gb drive has been running fine for months, until I got PLAY TV that is. It froze twice on the boot up since I've been using Play TV.

    Has anyone got any ideas of what I can do? I don't think I can reinstall the drive if it is not recognised?
  2. AnthonyG

    AnthonyG Active Member

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    If there is nothing of great importance on there, try formatting the hard drive with your PC.

    Either connect it using an external enclosure or temporarily connect it internally.

    Do a full low level format of the drive as opposed to just using Windows drive format.

    If you want a suggestion for a nice, free, Low Level Format app I like this one

    HDGuru Low Level Format Tool

    Afterwards try using it on your PS3 again to see if its recognised and will install correctly.

    If its still not I would RMA the hard drive as they usually come with 3-5 years warranty depending on the manufacturer.
  3. wingnut121

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    i think there are a few whos hd packed with play tv:rolleyes:
  4. mightynimrod

    mightynimrod Well-Known Member

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    Buy a new 2.5" hdd (sata) and stick it in, the PS3 will reformat it itself.

    Obviously you'll lose anything that you had on the original but it's better than nowt ;)
  5. AnthonyG

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    Why buy new when the hard drive he has got is still under warranty?
  6. charles bronson

    charles bronson Member

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    Thanks all.

    Is it worth contacting Sony to tell them their PLAY TV killed my hard drive?
    After all, if I didn't have another hard drive to test it with I would be sending my PS3 back about now
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    I read on the internet on M$ website yesterday to put it in a good freezer bag, and place in a freezer overnight. Once out, leave it to reheat / dry out, then try again. Costs nowt and just may work so you can back up the data!

    Just my 2 cents worth
  8. AnthonyG

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    Yes that is one of the tricks to temporarily revive a drive to copy data from it.

    However even if he does that how will you be able to copy the data as if this was just a PC drive fine, but its a PS3 formatted drive so it will likely still be difficult to copy the data off.

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