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Sony to Reissue PS3 Firmware 3.56 to Remedy HDD Upgrades?

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204w ago - Update: Sony has now done as expected and reissued the PS3 Firmware 3.56 update. More details to come as they are available (PUP SHA1/MD5 hash comparison HERE) on whether it remedies the PlayStation 3 HDD upgrade issues or not.

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Some may recall Sony quietly reissued PS3 Firmware 3.41 to rectify issues for PlayStation 3 HDD upgraders, and today Examiner.com (linked above) reports the same remedy may be necessary in the recently released PS3 Firmware 3.56.

To quote: "According to users on [Register or Login to view links] and [Register or Login to view links] Forum, the 3.56 firmware prevents the newer PlayStation 3 models (with 16 MB flash) from being upgradeable to a new hard disk drive. The following models have been affected:

Original PlayStation 3 Model:


Slim PlayStation 3 Model:

• CECH-20..A
• CECH-20..B
• CECH-21..A
• CECH-21..B
• CECH-250.A
• CECH-250.B
• CECH-250.A
• CECH-250.B
• CECH-251.A
• CECH-251.B

Apparently this was an old bug that has appeared before in a previous firmware update that was eventually fixed. Hopefully, Sony can fix it again in a timely matter."

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#22 - rizzle7 - 203w ago
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i recently bought a new ps3 same day [ps3 160 gb] as release of 3.56. 3.56 wasn't available for download from pc, they still had the ofw 3.55. i installed a 250gb hdd from a previous ps3, then installed the 3.55 ofw then to 3.56 ofw with no problems.

#21 - badasss - 203w ago
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It has happened to my console, too. I'm still using the 3.55 firmware and I have tried 100 times to exchange my HDD for a larger one with no good results.

#20 - Garakk - 204w ago
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If you change the hdd it still asks (or asked before 3.56) for USB storage with fw file with CURRENT or NEWER fw version. Upgrading the FW means flashing a nand + some hdd files modification.

#19 - Xalies - 204w ago
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Changing the HDD does not change the firmware though.

#18 - B4rtj4h - 204w ago
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Good move ! Sony is SMART! The nice thing here was... i can have 1 HDD inside of my PS3. I clone it with a program in Linux and i have an EXACT 1:1 copy of that disc.

Now i can patch/hack/CFW/.... 1 disk while i still have a backup of the original... so i do not risk losing anything. If the CFW or whatever is messed up or a risk for my PS3 i just swap HDD .

Now i think of it that would be a nice way to play.


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