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Topic # 59719 10-Apr-2010 10:06
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Hi all,

Right, PS3, Fat, Was originally a 40Gb version.
I ripped that out when I got PlayTV and put in a 500Gb WD hard drive.
Now I'm getting rid of PlayTV and using a standalone PVR and want to use the 500Gb drive with that.
The 40Gb drive got formated as fat32 I think it was and used to backup some pictures etc.

Sounds easy....

I've slimmed down my files to fit back on a 40Gb drive and backed up my PS3 to another drive altogether, ready to reinstall it.  Just to be nice I upgraded to the latest PS3 firmware before starting any of this as well.

I put in the original 40Gb hard drive and turned it on.  It came up with the screens I expected, saying it couldn't load.  It then asked me for version 3.21 firmware on a usb drive which I had ready.
This went through the install and when it got to 100% it restarted like it said it would.
Only it then went back to the first screen saying it couldn't load properly and I'd need version 3.21 on a usb drive....

I've tried formatting the 40Gb drive in different ways, even removing all partitions so it's blank like it would be if you bought it new.  It's the same drive david, the same one it shipped with originally so it must be compatible.

Any ideas on where to from here now?!
Is there some fault with version 3.21 that doesn't allow this to work properly.
Can I revert my PS3 to an earlier firmware and try that, does that even work?

This is all quite time consuming and I'm getting well psd off now.  Ideas MUCH appreciated!

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  Reply # 316741 10-Apr-2010 11:09
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It must be formatted with Sony's PS3 filesystem. And when it's blank or FAT32, it thinks something's not right. what does the manual or PS3/PSN support (website) said?




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  Reply # 316828 10-Apr-2010 16:18
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What format is a laptop hard drive in when you purchase it new?

If I remember rightly this was not formatted when I got it but the PS3 picked up that it was there and went and formatted it in it's own format. I've tried to mimick 3 format types (including no format at all) to see if that helped but each was rejected. You can't buy a blank hard drive in PS3 native format so the PS3 must be able to recognise it's there and overwrite it in it's own format, I don't think it needs to be PS3 native to start with.

Anyone else had any issues like this before?
When I installed the 500Gb the worst that happened was that I needed the firmware on a usb stick. All I'm trying to do now is go in reverse and put the original drive back in.

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  Reply # 316968 11-Apr-2010 11:03
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Maybe 40 Gb not enough. I think smallest drive ps3 is 120 Gb now, since drive has been formatted probably being treated as new drive.

I'm just guessing but with a 320 Gb hard drive and after loading a 58 Gb backup on to it, it reads 205 Gb free of 298 Gb, thats 35 Gigs being used for something else! Maybe it tries to reserve 35 Gigs on all drives that it thinks are new?

I might be going to format drive and reload backup, if do will post how much of 298 Gbs free with nothing on it other then os, couldn't get on home z(1,-1) error, deleted data and it, still couldn't get home, found to fix had to log on with date one day ahead (for goodness sakes!) and now can't find EA Red Poker Room. Might have to load my backup data so it's back in my favorite places.



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  Reply # 316992 11-Apr-2010 13:10
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Mate you might be on to something there as before I took the 500Gb out I slimmed down all saved content, music/pictures etc so I could get a bare bones backup that was able to fit on a 40Gb external drive. Yeah the amount saying left on the 500Gb is something like 410gb remaining out of 465 or something.

Might just pay to buy a new smaller drive or keep the 500Gb in there and get something different for an external drive on the PVR....



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  Reply # 318413 14-Apr-2010 16:21
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Have given up on getting the original 40Gb drive to work again. Have tried installing with no partition on it at all, or formatted as fat32 or ntfs, all with no luck. It's now attached to my PVR which detected it and formatted it fine.

Does anyone have their original 80Gb or higher PS3 drive laying around that they don't want?!

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  Reply # 318418 14-Apr-2010 16:36
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just so you know, the difference in hard drive space is because of the way the ps3 detects space is different to the manufacturers of the drives way. The ps3 uses 1024 bytes = 1kB etc and the manufacturers use 1000 bytes = 1kB etc. This adds up to quite a few gigs over large drives

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  Reply # 318427 14-Apr-2010 16:44
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1kB as far as i know is always 1024bytes!

all manufacturers treat 1GB as 1000000000bytes. you 'lose' 73741824 bytes per GB

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  Reply # 318429 14-Apr-2010 16:46
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hmm having thought about it my argument is rather round the bush but technically is true!

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