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If you're still getting an error message, then you have to format your drive. Try to let the PS3 do it from the recovery menu. I think there's a couple format options in there. Try both of them. If it still won't let you update, then you have no choice but to hook the hard drive up to a usb enclosure and let your pc delete the partition and create an unformatted partition. Finally let your ps3 format your drive and install 3.55 official from the recovery menu and you should be good to follow the rest of the steps I just listed
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that doesnt seem to be the problem, my real problem is that i cant install the official firmware by some reason its not letting me, its not like i installed then get an error, i just cant get it installed
thx for everything
Not being able to install official firmware is a problem with your hard drive. It is either faulty, or the partition system became damaged. You can recover from it if you're patient and follow what I said in order. I know it's frustrating. Like I said, I spent 3 hours trying everything I could think of to get mine fixed and that is what I came up with
well i tried to format it from recovery mode but it says it cant access to the hard drive or cant found it something like that, i guess the next option is going to taking it apart?
You don't have to take your system apart. The ps3 has a built in access panel for upgrading the hard drive. I don't know about the fat models, but the slim you turn it over and look for a cover hatch that you pry open with your finger nail. there's one screw there and then there's a cover hatch that slides off. It should be something similar with your model. After you open the hatch. the hard drive will slide right out
k, i have the harddrive on my hand, now what?, replace the harddriver with another? or i should look for a harddrive case to access to it from my pc?
yeah, if you have an unformatted drive laying around then go ahead and replace it. You're going to want to replace it with a larger drive at some point anyway once you start playing backup games. If you don't have one or you want to make sure that there isn't another problem with your system other than the hard drive then you should buy an enclosure if you don't have one. Amazon sells one for $2 ($5 total with shipping. If first order then free shipping) Look here http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...A3E5K6GEFSI075
Personally I'd try to make sure there wasn't another issue with your system and that $2 enclosure is a lot cheaper than $100 hard drive that you might not be able to take back if you can't get your system running
to be clear, the enclosure is the case right? and its going to help me to access the PS3 hard drive from the PC
First of all, if your ps3 is a display model, also known as kiosk model, you cannot install regular firmware updates onto it, like you would a regular model out of the store. You need to first install the demo firmware onto the ps3. You can download 3.41 demo firmware from the following link:
Free File Hosting, Online Storage & File Upload with FileServe (credit to 3.41 kiosk/demo firmware)
It says password is kbx.org or www.kbx.org
Try installing that demo firmware from recovery mode, or even through regular methods, and it should get the system running as a demo unit. As demo units have restrictions, you can then convert it into a regular ps3. There are tutorials on this site, or numerous others, on how to do the conversion process. See here:
http://psx-scene.com/forums/f6/conve...-retail-74221/ (Convert Kiosk/Demo PS3 to Retail)
It will require some kind of jailbreak device (dongle, or other compatible device). There may be new methods out there to convert without a jailbreak device, but I do not know. You can use the ps3 while in demo mode, it just has some restrictions and you have to insert in a demo code when starting it each time.
Edit: I believe using the ps3 MFW Builder, you can create your own PUP that will convert your ps3 into retail without the lengthy steps in the above guide. Either way, I would still install the 3.41 demo firmware to get it functioning to begin with.
Sounds like he knows more about demo units than I do. It makes sense what he's saying though