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Just replaced my PS3 HDD but get an error?

Hello all,

OK so, I replaced my PS4 HDD from 500GB to 2TB all good, today I bought a second hand PS3 and wanted to replace the 160GB HDD that it came with, so since I am not using my old PS4 HDD I wanted to add that into the PS3, so I replaced the 160GB from the PS3 with the 500GB PS4 one and all good.

I then downloaded the PS3 firmware and added it in correct folder order, however when I turn on the PS3 with the firmware USB inserted I get the: "Cannot Start. The appropriate system storage was not found" :-/ I also held how the power button and waited for the correct number of beeps but still shows me that error...

I also went online and searched and some people said you could just take a PS4 HDD and add it to the PS3 no problems but what am I doing wrong?

I hope someone can help me out.

Emma

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An HDD is just a HDD. Doesn't matter if it came from a laptop or a PS4 or a Xbox, still the same. Are you sure you formated the HDD with the correct filesystem? I'm not entirely sure, but I believe it uses exfat or fat32.

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Yes very true George, well I don't have a 2.5 external casing for the HDD. I thought the Playstation 3 would format it.

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Formatting involves wiping all data on the drive. You must format then install all the folders. You need to find a good guide for installing PlayStation os on the drive.

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I did that, I formatted the USB to FAT32 as per many Google searches. That is not the issues I think.

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Could it be the type of SATA?

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What USB? You mean a SATA to USB adapter? If you mean a USB flash drive, you cannot boot from the thumb drive. You must install the os folders on the HDD. And no, it cannot be the type of SATA. SATA is not the problem.

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From what I read, you download the PS3 firmware to the USB drive that is formatted to FAT32, then start the PS3 with the new hard drive in and it should format the new HDD and then install the firmware, that's how I did it with PS4 unless it's totally different for PS3?

EDIT: I followed the steps here: https://www.playstation.com/en-us/suppor...

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The PS4 is 7 years newer than the PS3. The PS3 does not have any built in bios or anything like that, so it doesn't know what it's supposed to do with the two pieces of hardware. Do you have a desktop? If so, you won't need a SATA to USB adapter to transfer those files.

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Fixed it, the PS3 has to be booted up in safe mode and then I was able to format the drive and install the update.

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Well, thanks anyway...

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