PS3 Firmware Update Possibly Causing Hard Drive Upgrade Problems [Update]

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Update: That was quick.  Sony has commented on the issue stating it is not a firmware problem but a problem with the way people are installing their hard drive.

“We apologize for any inconvenience you are experiencing with upgrading Internal Hard Disc Drive (for PlayStation®3) on your PlayStation(R)3 computer entertainment system. The information available to our Consumer Services Department does not suggest that this is a problem PlayStation(R) owners are likely to experience when upgrading the HDD with 3.41update. Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) strongly supports the quality of its products and backs them with full confidence.

We ask that you update the previous HDD first to see if the update will go through. Then update from the thumb drive that is formatted in FAT 32 and has the 3.41 update downloaded.”

Hopefully this works for those with this problem.

A long running thread over at the Official Playstation Forums (42 pages and counting) may be an indication that the latest firmware update 3.41 had more changes then Sony had planned for.   The newest firmware update brought a minor feature that shows the user games they might be interested in on the PSN according to titles they are downloading.  But now users are finding that if they tried to upgrade their hard drive they receive a message “No applicable update data was found” after trying to reinstall the update as the system asks.  This has left some gamers with corrupted hard drives and possibly a bricked PS3.  Hopefully Sony will comment soon on the issue.  This is not the first time a firmware update had caused headaches.

Written by Bryan

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