I own a 40GB PS3.
Though its old but it has 100% updated firmwares.
Last week I wanted to upgrade the hard-disk so I bought a brand new Toshiba 500GB SATA-1 Laptop hard-disk.
I format the hard-disk using my WindowsXP PC in Fat32 using this tools -
The test report is fine. No bad sec and the hdd is working fine.
I replaced the hdd in my PS3.
I entered into Recovery Mode. and choose - "Restore File System".
It warns me about the hdd format and accepts.
AFTER THIS, it says - "A fatal error occurred #8001002B" and freezes.
I replaced back the Original hdd and its working fine again
I reformat the Toshiba hdd and it also works fine !!
Please suggest me what to do ?
The hdd is working 100% with NO bad-sec with my PC in Fat32 mode.
Format the hard drive using the PS3, not your PC (preferrerably using "quick format", as the other option takes hours).
Along with formatting the hard drive and creating a FAT32 filesystem, the PS3 also puts on a layer of encryption which won't be there if you simply use a PC to format it. Without it, the PS3 won't use the hard drive. Sony encrypts the hard drive so that people don't illegally make copies of copyrighted data.
The SATA interface may not be compatible with the PS3. Most new 2.5" SATA hard disks have a 3.0Gbps transfer rate, but the PS3 only supports a 1.5Gbps transfer rate. Most early 3.0Gbps hard drives would slow down the transfer rate if they detected a 1.5Gbps host, but more recent drives often don't do that now; especially the larger ones. If the drive is sending the data faster than the PS3 can receive it, the console won't work properly. You can't just install any SATA-1 drive that fits in the PS3 anymore. You have to check the interface for compatibility.