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Sunday, 26 June 2011

Had a hard drive fail on your PS3

Had a hard drive fail on your PS3 or need to upgrade to a bigger drive.

I had it happen to me hard drive fail on my PS3 and i also need to upgrade my grand daughters systems as well to a bigger HD 500GB. Here come some tips on how to upgrade using a memory stick.

If you are upgrading to a bigger disk make sure you format it first as a FAT32 file system which you can do on your Mac or PC.

You may also need a SATA + IDE HDD docking station to do this which you can get from Maplins and if you data on the disk if you are doing an upgrade always back it up first see instructions on you PS3 for that.

You will also need a memory stick 512MB or 1GB to install you PS3 firmware which you can get from Sony.

Download the latest PS3 system software here.
This is the operating system software for your PlayStation 3. It controls everything, including what types of content and which features you can access on your PS3.

As well as keeping your PS3 in top condition with the latest security updates, Parental Controls and display options, updates often increase what your PS3 is capable of. New settings, new features and new functionality can be included in an update; as the system software evolves, only a PS3 with the latest update installed will be able to make full use of these enhancements.

Each update is numbered so you can quickly see what the latest version is - the higher the number, the more recent the update. For example, 1.60 is more up to date than 1.50.

To find out which version of the system software you currently have installed on your PlayStation 3, navigate through the Home Menu of your PS3 to the Settings category. From here select [System Settings], followed by [System Information], and you'll see the PS3 system software version displayed here.

To find out what the latest available version is, you can look for, and download, the software at, from the PlayStation 3 Help & Support section of the site.

You can update the system software by any of the following methods:
System Update - If your PS3 is online, the most straightforward way to update the system software is using the PlayStation 3 itself. Navigate to Settings on the PS3 Home Menu, select [System Update] and then [Update via Internet] and your PS3 will check if you have the latest version. If not, it will download and install it for you.
PC Update - Visit for the very latest version of the update data. Follow the on-screen instructions to download to your PC.

To transfer the update data to your PlayStation 3, save the file to a PS3 compatible storage device such as Memory Stick, 
Memory Stick Duo, USB drive or PSP.

Before starting, use your PC to create a folder named 'PS3' on the storage media or USB device. Within the folder, create a folder named 'UPDATE' (This folder name is case sensitive and must appear in all capital letters). Once the UPDATE folder has been created, download the PS3 system software update to this location.

Once the update data has been saved, disconnect the storage device and connect it to your PS3 via the slots under the slot cover or the USB connectors depending on the device you're using.

Once connected, navigate to Settings on the PS3 Home Menu, select [System Update] and then [Update via Storage Media]. Select the connected device and your PS3 will install the update data stored there.
Download the latest firm ware you see this on the right of the page.
So here's the Tech
This tutorial will show you how to install retail PS3 Firmware from a memory stick/memory card.

1. Download the PS3 Firmware that you wish to update to. A list of all the retail Firmware can be found in the 
PS3 Downloads section of this site:

All Firmware files will be named PS3UPDAT.PUP, there is no way of telling which f/w is which by the name of the .PUP file.

2. While that file is downloading, on the root of your memory stick make a folder called "PS3" and then make another folder inside called "UPDATE"

Then once the file has finished downloading, place file on your memory stick with this file system layout. it into the update folder, as the example shows below.
4. Then plug your memory stick into your PS3 and go to Settings & ; System update.

5. Then press install via storage device:

6. Click on the correct device and 
the PS3 should automatically recognize the file and begin the update feature.

Your PS3 console will now be up to date with the latest PS3 Firmware and features! 

That's it forks from the Mad Hatter Vince Bailey.
This tip will save you hours of work also the whole process takes 30 mins and your PS3 is read to go.


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