I removed the hard drive from my original 60GB PS3 in order to upgrade it to an 80GB hard drive. After inserting the 80GB HDD and turning it on, the PS3 did nothing at all, and eventually turned off. I went into the system's "Safe Mode" which gave me three options. I have tried each of them, and what happened is as follows.
1. Restart System:
The screen goes black for several seconds, then the PS3 turns off to the red standby light.
2. Restore Default Settings.
The system will state; "Restoring default settings..." for several seconds, followed by the screen going black, and the system turning off.
3. Restore File System.
For this option, the system will give an error; "The hard disk cannot be accessed."
This option gives the same error as 3; "The hard disk cannot be accessed."
Again, this option will incur the same error; "The hard disk cannot be accessed."
6. System Update.
Using this option with a standard FAT32 USB drive in one of the USB ports, containing the latest PS3 system software in the directory PS3/UPDATE, will leave the system at a screen stating; "Checking..." for about 20 minutes, followed by this message: "A serious error has occurred, contact technical support for assistance."
First of all, I have talked to Sony; three separate times in fact, to no avail.
I have three hard drives available to use; a 40GB HDD that was originally from an original model 40GB PS3, a 60GB HDD that is the original hard drive from the system in question, and an 80GB HDD that is originally out of a laptop. Each hard drive is formatted to FAT32 on one primary partition.
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AMD Sempron 2600+
1.6GHz OC@ 1.8GHz, 2048MB of DDR-400 RAM
Windows XP Professional SP3 32-bit
ATI Radeon X1650 AGP GPU
120GB IDE HDD
160GB IDE HDD
1TB SATA WD Caviar Green