I never had a issue like this while Updating to CFW I tried with 3 different Hard drives but all failed and while I took a hard drive from my 320gb ps3 to test on my 160gb (failed 8002f281) then tried to put back the 3230gb ps3 its seems like my both ps3 are messed!!
Can anyone tell wtf is this issue? A serious error has occured. Contact technical suport for assistance (8002F281)
well do you have red screen when your ps3 starts up, if yes, then go to recovery menu, then click restore ps3 defaults or something, then restart your ps3, then go to recovery menu again, then click restore ps3, then when done, then go back to recovery menu then install another cfw
Update error 0x8002F281 Error with installing Firmware update. Check the connection of the Wifi/BT board.
Issue with the PS3 harddrive. 0x8002F281 Issue with the PS3 harddrive. Reboot system and use Recovery Menu options. If error persist, Format the hd on a pc, reinsert it to the ps3, install update (normal/recovery mode), format hd on install. If still not fixed: exchange harddrive
So with the hdd, seeing you have tried many and its not working in Recovery. You may need to go into FSM to install the CFW using a downgrade Dongle.