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July 29, 2010 // 8:06 pm - Today (linked above) reports that numerous users who opted to upgrade the PS3 HDD are now experiencing issues with the recently released PS3 Firmware 3.41 update.

It is not yet determined if these issues are related to the PS3 Firmware Patches Sony instituted beginning with PlayStation 3 Firmware update version 3.41, however, there is currently a lengthy thread on Sony's official board covering the issues.

To summarize, quoting from "The problems being reported are the following: PS3 owners are unable to update their system to firmware 3.41, HDD upgrades aren't being allowed, systems are crashing, and after installing a new HDD the system isn't fully downloading the file and then prompts users with a message stating 'no applicable data found'."

Sony did respond to online inquiries regarding this topic with this response:

"We apologize for any inconvenience you are experiencing with upgrading Internal Hard Disc Drive (for PlayStation 3) on your PlayStation(R)3 computer entertainment system. The information available to our Consumer Services Department does not suggest that this is a problem PlayStation(R) owners are likely to experience when upgrading the HDD with 3.41 update. Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) strongly supports the quality of its products and backs them with full confidence."

Sony is currently recommending affected users update their previous PS3 HDD first to see if the update works with it, followed by updating from a thumb drive formatted in FAT 32 with the 3.41 PS3 update.

If anyone here is experiencing similar issues, feel free to reply in the comments below.

PS3 Firmware 3.41 Issues Arise for PlayStation 3 HDD Upgraders

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#23 - laggs - September 16, 2010 // 2:18 am
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Will this affect me going from a 3.01 to 3.41 and installing a new 750 wd internal drive?


#22 - CJPC - August 2, 2010 // 9:44 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by PSGamer24 View Post
They fixed it and re-uploaded the firmware without telling anybody. The link is the same but the MD5 hash is different.

Indeed you are correct, comparing the MD5 hashes:

[CJ@localhost Download]$ md5sum PS3UPDAT-341*
00c835be718fc3d5f793e130a2b74217 PS3UPDAT-341-ORIGINAL.PUP
e07d2b84c9e9691c261b73e5f1aada20 PS3UPDAT-341-NEW.PUP

Furthermore , once unpacked the file dates for every dev_flash archive has changed to that of 7/29/2010 , vs the original of 7/21/2010 - as seen in the images below.

So, Sony did indeed update the firmware without informing anyone, probably a change in a single (or few) SPRX's. - Also, the new Auto Update feature in regards to PS3 Patches was not updated - so it was possible that it was not affected (or, that Sony did not fix it!)

#21 - Neo Cyrus - August 2, 2010 // 9:23 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by PSGamer24 View Post
They fixed it and re-uploaded the firmware without telling anybody. The link is the same but the MD5 hash is different.

Thank you for the info. I finally broke down and was going to update my 3.15 firmware to 3.41 until I remembered I should switch my hard drive to a new one first due to Sony's usual screwing up. My new HDD (500GB Momentus 7200.4) arrives in a few hours anyway so I might as well wait and update that just to be on the safe side.

I know this is pretty off topic but it's on the topic of PS3 functionality so I'm going to say to those of you with expired warranty on your PS3 for heaven's sake open it up and properly apply REAL thermal paste and adjust the heatsink bolts (bend them to tighten further when screwed in). By default the heatsink is barely making any contact with the processors and is using some el-cheapo crap as the paste.

I had to apply too much paste because otherwise it wouldn't make reasonable contact, bad contact is better than piss-poor-barely-any contact. My PS3 hasn't frozen up in the same scenes it previously froze after I did this. I felt I had to mention this since I brought it up earlier in the thread.

#20 - PSGamer24 - August 2, 2010 // 9:06 pm
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They fixed it and re-uploaded the firmware without telling anybody. The link is the same but the MD5 hash is different.

#19 - Blind Auror - July 31, 2010 // 5:06 am
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I am one of the people who are unable to load stuff onto a new harddrive... When I called Sony they were like "we are looking into it" so who knows when this will actually get fixed.

#18 - SinceDayOne77 - July 31, 2010 // 4:21 am
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I have an Metal Gear Solid 4 Edition but upgraded to a 320HDD, no issues yet...

#17 - grudge1981 - July 31, 2010 // 2:00 am
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WOW! I just upgraded last Friday to a 320GB HDD... Good thing my drive got here so quickly that I was able to install it before the update...

#16 - dellenrules - July 31, 2010 // 1:06 am
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Here are the details. NOT ALL FAT PS3 systems are affected, but ALL PS3 SLIMS are.

If you change out the HDD on a SLIM and you upgraded your firmware to 3.41 prior to changing out your HDD, your ps3 is pretty much just a paper weight until until the next update comes out.

If your system was not updated to 3.41 prior to changing out your HDD, but after, don't change out your HDD again else your screwed.

Sony is working the issue and will be releasing another update soon that will correct this problem. If you are running 3.41 on your system right now, Sony recommends not changing your HDD until the new update is released.

#15 - Kraken - July 31, 2010 // 12:35 am
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I was going to say that Sony's combination of useless updates every few days combined with applying those updates automatically would be a disaster someday. I didn't expect it to be so soon though. Maybe people will think twice now before paying for, and turning on auto update.

The reality is Sony doesn't care. What is the worst that happens? Lose a few million from a lawsuit in a few years? As long as you keep letting $ony take a dump on you, they will keep doing it.

And maybe it is intentional. After all, it wouldn't be the first time Sony advertised and bragged about core functionality and then yanked it away without reason or warning.

#14 - Pretikewl - July 31, 2010 // 12:06 am
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I've got a fat 80gb (upgraded to 500gb) MGS4 model. No problems (so far) upgrading.