New PS3 Firmware Prevents HDD Upgrade?

We’ve been tipped off that there might be a small issue with the latest PlayStation 3 firmware, 3.56, which was pushed out to consoles yesterday. A number of users over on the EU community forums have signalled that the latest firmware has prevented them from changing the hard disk in their beloved black beast.

According to a user named Zero86-Sk, who cites NeoGaf and the High Def Forum as his source, the following model numbers are suffering from the issue:

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  • CECHH
  • CECHJ
  • CECHK
  • CECHL
  • CECHM
  • CECHP
  • CECHQ
  • 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

That’s all of the slimmer model units and many of the newer “phat” machines. Apparently, this is a recurrence of an issue that was first seen with an older firmware update which Sony were later able to fix so hopefully it won’t take them long to push out a quick fix for this one either. In the meantime, it might be best to leave that hdd upgrade until you hear more news.

Thanks, Jay

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42 Comments

  1. uncanny, was hoping to upgrade from 250 to 500gb in the next month or so

  2. Had anybody attempted (& failed) to back up since the new firmware?
    I’ve tried twice to no avail… Makes me wonder if this may be due to 3.56

    • Before I swapped harddrive and bricked my ps3 I made a successful (phew) backup with 3.56.

  3. “small issue”. I have a black brick in my living room and two unhappy kids that blames dad. But hey, it’s 320 gb free in the black brick. That’s nice!

    • Its a small issue _now_, for people that know about and then delay their HDD upgrades. I don’t think anyone is seriously saying it’s a small issue for those that found out the hard way.

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