Why? when I said don't format it, let the ps3 do it. as it formats it anyway and creates its own partition with its own variant of fat32.
Yes you can install from SD card and CD disk as wel. But you have to have a working drive 1st. Have you set the ps3 to system defaults before started,because I always do that before I install firmware and I never have any of the problems others have, so try that as well.
Just an update. I was transferring files from one PS3 to another PS3, and I needed to spoof to 3.56 on one of them. I finished what I was doing and then reset it back to 3.55 and changed my rebug setting from retail to rebug again, but after reset I got the red screen with white writing.
I then went to install the firmware again as this is not the 1st time I have had this happen, and the ps3 said it was not the right hard drive and it can not access it, then the ps3 would not reset, so i removed the power and now I had a BLUE SCREEN on power up, I did try a number of things before I fitted both video leads and used PIP.
Now no more blue screen.
I managed to install the firmware again up to 70% and then it said the drive corrupt and can not be formatted, as we know we need the drive for the update to install from.
I know not to wast my time with windows, and could not be bothered to start a Linux disk tools distro, So I put the drive in the other ps3 and let it format it, and now it works again.