hey, thanks for your response, i did have a spare hdd around (60gb) from another ps3 I had at one time (ylod), i tried that,reformatted, got past that error (of not being able to access the hard drive) but now it still shuts off on restart (after about 20-30 seconds) with nothing displayed through hdmi or RWY (avi) originally the blue ray laser diode died on the device, and i bought a new replacement, and transferred the pcb board from the old drive to the new one.
plugged it in, and worked good for less than a week, until i was notified i needed to update (mandatory) to FW 2.80 attempting to update (over wifi at the time) it got to about 74% before it came up with an error code (telling me to contact customer support), opening a ticket with them, and being walked through the process, I was told the board was dead on the blue ray drive (not the laser) I tried swapping the replacement board back to the replacement drive, and the replacement board to the original drive, and attempting to continue the update.
bot tries it would get to 99% (sometimes 100%) and hang for about a half hour before throwing the same error (and to contact customer support) after researching back then (and recently) I decided to give it another go (it's sat in storage since then) and I read taking the hdd out and formatting it on a pc to ntfs, then putting it back into the ps3 and formatting to fat32, and rebuilding the database should (OS) should fix the update loop. that is where I was unable to access the HDD to rebuild the database (formatted just fine).
trying your method,(and using another old ps3 HDD I had), got rid of that error,and steps 2-5 on recovery worked fine. but now I still have the problem with it starting up,and no signal. number 6 under recovery (system update) still hangs and wont load an option to install from usb,however does tell me to have firmware 2.80 or higher to update. i don't know what else the issue here could be (just like then).
the system never got hot, the drive stopped reading discs after I updated to 2.76 (and played GTAIV for a few hours after) the next morning the disc wouldn't even show on the xmb. (my current system does this now after 4.46 update, however if i open the store, then close it, the game disc appears.) i am thinking it is soft bricked,and not quite a hardware issue anymore. though, i'm open to try anything as I've about run out of ideas. thank you again for your help,and if you need any more info about the system I will be happy to give the details.
Just a thought, but would putting the system into FSM work to "force" the 2.80 update (in the event it didn't fully install correctly) or would it be a better route to attempt a flash using E3, Progskeet, Teensy++, Infectus, etc. (that's a last ditch effort for me, as though i don't mind modding,or flashing the firmware at all, I would rather not solder the wires that's needed for the FW/HW flash, as this system is NAND.)