Why isn’t my upgraded Playstation 3 hard drive working?

Rod Stockwell October 20, 2014
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I’m replacing the hard drive in my Playstation 3 (older, slim model). I followed all the steps stated in the instructions.

Only two things can be wrong:

  1. It was a used 1TB hard drive I’ve I used before. I put straight into the PS3 because there was no way for me to reformat the hard drive after the video card in my old laptop died.
  2. I used a mac to save the files off of the Playstation Network. The error I am getting states: “No applicable update data found. connect storage media that contains update version 4.60 or later.”

Please help!

  1. Doc
    October 20, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    You'll have to copy the System Update file(s) to a USB thumbdrive in order to install the system files to the new HD. You can also use a USB hard disk case to connect the HD to your Mac via USB in order to reformat the HDD. (Not sure of how to do that on a Mac, but you can delete partitions from Disk Management on Windows).
    Instructions to reformat the HD and get the system files on it here: http://community.us.playstation.com/t5/PlayStation-3/How-to-reformat-PS3-hard-drive/td-p/4265939

  2. Jan F.
    October 20, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    The internal drive of the PS3 is using a proprietary format which cannot be read by a computer. If you followed the manual on replacing the internal hard drive it was automatically formatted.

    Now, if you put the firmware onto this hard drive it was obviously lost during the formatting process which would explain your error "No applicable update data found."

    Basically, on top of the hard drive you put into your PS3 you need an external hard drive or USB flash drive formatted to FAT32 or a burned CD, containing the folder structure "PS3 >UPDATE" (all uppercase) and within this folder you have to put the latest firmware.