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.
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.
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.
I installed a 1TB in the PS3 a while back and removed it for a lap top I have, at the moment I have a 640gb installed and have yet to see anything happen but I have to say I will be giving up the PS3 if I can't use what I have now. I'll be damned if their going to run my life after shelling out $500 + on the system and controllers or what ever else I've pumped into their pockets.
If they wanna block pirating then fine I really don't give a damn to be honest, their ignorance started when they stripped away the otherOS and stayed away from DRM because it means some one else will have their hands in Sony's pockets. This all comes down to greed and I won't have any part of it. All they had to do is allow home brew and DRM the software but instead their setting them selves up for a class action law suit and I hope they lose their shirts over it.
I have a ps3 80gb cechk01 and yesterday my hard drive crapped out on me. I pulled a 160gb hdd out of a laptop and threw it in the ps3. It reformatted it and prompted me for version 3.15 or newer. I tried 3.15 on a flash drive as well as 3.41 and neither worked but when I put 3.56 on it I was able to load it with no problem. i read this forum before I replaced it so I was a little nervous, but obviously had no choice since mine was dead.
Dude, I think that both HD's were screwed. Buy a new one & try with 3.15 again. Also, check your firmware/media using md5/sha1 sums. There won't be a problem. Had my old fat with a 1TB for a few months now.
Sony Silently Release a Second 3.56 Firmware Update
Sony has just released another 3.56 FW to solve the Harddrive exchange issues. Little update from EUSS in the exchange issue:
Checked the harddisk bug out and apparently this fix works as long as you didn’t reformat the old drive. Just insert the old drive with the bugged 3.56-1st installed on it and reinstall this 2nd release, after that you can exchange the harddisk and reinstall the 2nd release again. If you by any change reformatted the (old) drive you are out of luck (and maybe a 3.56-3rd release might fix the issue).
PS3 3.56 v2 Firmware
The re-released 3.56 is only a half fix. It will ONLY work if
1 - you still have access to your original HDD
2 - you install 3.56 v2 onto original HDD
So what does this mean? there are many many users without a PS3 still since for various reasons have either formated the original HDD or dont have access to it. Personally i backed up my original HDD and then formated it for PC use.
So myself along with many others are left asking ourselves what is Sony doing about this?? since there is no official response about any of these 3.56 HDD issues at all, and phone support just seem uninformed.
not happy... just a few source threads: