Hi mushy, I did what you said and I did not get a 'FAIL'. In the guide though, it said to use 'official firmware <=3.30 as drive init PUP', but I did what you said and used OFW 3.55.
After I took it out of service mode, it went back to the update and again gave me the error 8002F14E at 9%. I should mention that the update went to 12% and then gave me the error 8002F14E two times before when I tried connecting the PS3 controller to the USB port farthest from the BD-Drive and pressing the PS Button and disconnecting it from the PS3. Why do you think this happened?
Also, should I try installing Rogero's CFW 3.1?
Okay so I tried putting it into service mode and updating to 3.55 OFW, 3.55.2 Rebug and 3.55.2 Rebug bluray bypass firmware, but none of them worked. When I got out of the service mode my PS3 took me back to the screen that says press Start+Select. When the PS3 is in this state, I can go into recovery mode.
So I did and tried Restore File System and it just took me back to the Start+Select screen. I tried Rebuild Database and Restore PS3 System, but both gave me the same error: The hard disk cannot be accessed.
The thing is, if I format my HDD in my computer and then put it back into the PS3, the PS3 will format the HDD just fine and begin the firmware installation process again. I also checked for any sector errors in the HDD using both HDD Regenerator and windows check disk and both said the HDD was fine.
So then why does it say The hard disk cannot be accessed when I try to Rebuild the database or restore the ps3 system?