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It could be that the hard drive is getting heavily fragmented.
What I would try before the last resort of formatting would be try to manually defragment the HDD the best you can:
Delete everything off the HDD including all games, install data, themes, homebrew, apps, videos, pictures, movies, and possibly saves that you can manually backup and restore. Then do these:
Then I would transfer/copy/install everything back, with all saves being first, then themes, then homebrew/apps, then things that you may regularly delete such as games/videos/music/pictures.
1) Recovery Menu - Rebuild Database
2) Recovery Menu - Restore File System
3) XMB Menu - Restore Default Settings
If this doesn't help and you don't care about losing your trophies, you could always use the backup utility to backup all your saves, then format the hard drive, then restore your saves.
Last edited by ThirdSeason; 01-11-2012 at 08:37 AM.
ThirdSeason makes a good point. What he's saying may work. just make sure when you copy everything back to your ps3 that you copy the more permanent stuff back first, that way the stuff you add/delete frequently would be confined to the end of your hard drive space to prevent major fragmentation issues in the future. We really need a ps3 native defragmentation tool. Has anyone been able to defrag the internal drive using Linux/Other OS?
I backed up what I needed to and did a quick format just to see if anything changed. The menu's are just as lagged as before. There are no games in the game menu but after starting up and the XMB appears on screen, I switch over to Games and it takes over 30 seconds just to show the icon for the game I have in my blu-ray drive. I have a question. Would it be possible to pull the HD out of my PS3, hook it up to the PC, and check its fragmentation through my PC? I could defragment and run a disk scan for errors or corrupted sectors. Would that work or somehow prevent the PS3 from operating properly after I returned the HD?
@Mulsiphix, unfortunately no. The ps3 doesnt use a standard partition format that a pc can recognize. It doesn't use FAT/NTFS. It uses encrypted SPUFS. Linux can mount a SPUFS partition, IF it is running on a CELL/BE processor. I've been trying to find out if people with linux installed on OtherOS have been able to use gParted (partitioning software) or a defragment tool for a side project and if it recognizes the internal drive. So far I haven't found anything good to tell you. You can pull the hard drive out, hook it to your PC using a 2.5" sata laptop hard drive enclosure, delete the partition, create an unformatted one and the PS3 will take it from there. If that doesn't fix it tho, you will probably have to replace it
Well I finally did it and Restored the PS3. Absolutely no change. So I guess at this point it is either the PS3 hardware or the hard drive. I did it with Rebug firmware 3.55.6 though. Would that affect the outcome at all? I'll be sure to update this thread when I finally get a hard drive and can finally test that theory. Thank you all very much for your help and feedback. It is greatly appreciated =)
what do you mean by restored? and no, Rebug would have nothing to do with it. I'm on it and so are thousands of others