New hard drive in Playstation 3 but it will not format?

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  1. HardwareHeaven

    HardwareHeaven Administrator Staff Member

    New internal hard drive in Playstation 3 but it will not format?

    Ok I had a PM a day or so ago from a guy new to Driver Heaven who asked me if I knew why his Playstation 3 would not accept a new internal SATA harddrive (text shows up with (no media found, hit start and select to search - this just loops). I will explain. (or skip to step 5 if you already know the normal drive replace procedure).

    Ok for those of you reading this who don't even know what we are talking about, the Playstation 3 can accept a new 2.5 laptop drive by simply removing a cover on the bottom of the unit and then unscrewing one screw to remove the old drive. It is as simple as that. PLEASE BE AWARE THE 2.5 INCH DRIVE MUST BE A SATA UNIT.

    This means for those of you stuck on the 40 or 60gb unit, you can quite easily upgrade to a 120-160gb (or even larger) for a small cost For example a Samsung Spinpoint drive in the UK is currently around 35 pounds (I picked one up from Tekheads).

    This means you can basically quadruple your storage for under £40.

    Anyway, the issue I initially mentioned is due to the newest Playstation 3 firmwares being too large to fit on the internal flash memory. This means when you remove the old drive you are actually removing some of the data the system would need to reformat the new drive.

    There is a simple workaround for this and ill explain it in a step by step and link the person who asked me in PM to this thread. Hopefully this will help other people who have experienced the same problem. For some reason very few if any of the google found guides on the net do not explain this or have not updated.

    1: plug in a FAT32 formatted USB hard drive and use the PS3 built in system backup to copy all your saved game data etc to external HD (manually copy any movies or mp3s yourself, this is not included in the PS3 backup, you may also lose any downloads from store, however you can redownload them easily if you log in, just relog into store and check your download section, they are all tied to your account for a maximum of 5 downloads on 5 machines).

    If you have a large USB2 drive (over 32gb) and are annoyed that windows will not format it, then follow this PDF guide (this guide is not my own, if you share this PDF with others please do not remove the authors name). This lets you format any sized drive to fat32 for access by PS3!

    2: once you have backed up your old 40-60-80gb HD, unclip the bottom flap and unscrew the drive mounting tray.

    3: remove old drive with 4 tray mounting screws

    4: insert new 2.5 inch hard drive (do not turn on yet, read step 5)

    5: older PS3 firmwares (prior to 2.36 did not need this step).

    Download the new firmware data on your PC from this link (at time of writing this it is 2.36, but if you access this thread after Jun 2008 it may/will be newer)

    Copy the PS3UPDAT.PUP to a fat32 formatted flash drive or external mass storage drive - create a folder named PS3 on the storage media or USB device. Within the PS3 folder, create a folder named "UPDATE" copy the data file from the playstation site into this folder


    6: plug in this drive to one of the PS3 USB ports. plug in a PS3 controller with the USB lead.

    7: make sure new internal hard drive is secured (don't force too hard, it should slide in easily, not much force is needed). reseal the unit, put in HDMI or video lead and power lead.

    8: turn unit on. follow format instructions and let the unit get the PUP firmware update data from external USB drive/flash card

    9: once you set up with new HD, plug in the backup data drive from step 1 and reinstall all your settings and saved game data.

    thats it! (or install ubuntu as well on new large drive, google this for info).

    Hope this helps some people who are finding old guides via google and they are not detailing the additional steps for the newest and larger PS3 firmwares.
  2. HardwareHeaven

    HardwareHeaven Administrator Staff Member

  3. emelentheking

    emelentheking New Member

    Hi kids, I'm an old man who still likes to play games.About a year ago now my wife got a great deal on a ps3 from wal-mart $399 & a $100 gift card. The thing was it was 40 gig. Anywho a year goes buy and and its starting to look pretty full. I kind of thought you could upgrade it, and after a google search I learned how to do this. My 320gig hard drive arrived and I went after it for the up grade and low and behold it would not come back to life. In a panic I did a little more googling and found your web site. THANK YOU THANK YOU, all your info worked and my little game buddy came back to life. Good bye for now see yas
  4. wjas46

    wjas46 New Member

    Re: New internal hard drive in Playstation 3 but it will not format?

    Fantastic!!! been having the same issue withh looping message. tried this method and now i have a 120gb hdd in my ps3. thanks team
  5. callumbibumbum

    callumbibumbum New Member

    I have had the same issue with the same message. Have tried what you have said with the saving of the update in the folders on a USB and it still comes up with the same looping message!
  6. Ophelia

    Ophelia New Member

    thats good old man but i dont know what will i do in my old age if i didnt get any thing to do then definitly i ll do playing games.......

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