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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2005

    Post How to do a Hard Reset on the PS3

    Be sure to backup your settings/games saves by doing a System > Backup on your PS3 or you may lose your game saves! Also, this is a last resort procedure prior to exchanging/returning to Sony.

    1. Power Off the PS3 via the power switch in back and power back on w/switch.

    2. Hold Power Button on the Front until you hear 3 beeps.

    3. Then go through the initial setup and then run a full Format via System > Format. (will take approx 3 1/1 hours). You may need to have our AV cables ready if your using HDMI (in case HDMI isn't detected after initial reset).

    4. Restore your back-up you made prior to doing factory/hard reset (optional, if you created a back-up).

    Hopefully this will solve your freezing problems.

    Problems/symptons that this appears to have resolved:

    - Freezing when doing anything
    - No harddrive activity
    - Freezing when trying to use onboard keyboard or bringing up keyboard
    - Game/movie disc freezes system

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    I was not knowing this procedure. I removed HD and formatted on PC :-)

    Hard disk was giving problems while loading.

  3. #3
    very good to know thanks

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Lol would be nice if HARD reset was for FW too

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Does it really solve anything? I would assume that Backup/Restore would mean you end up with the same HDD contents as before doing this. So the only change would be files maybe laid out in different way...

  6. #6
    ok, i had issues with freezing during gta & in xmb, did hard reset as instructed by boss but system froze during format and now i don't get anything but a black scree. its not a full brick but idk how to revive the hard drive. i had my friend bring over a laptop so i could try formatting through that but no such luck, wrong connections. if anyone can help, please do.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    My PS3 was freezing at startup, but did this hard reset, and working great again! Not sure what it was that caused it through.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Never experienced such problems myself, but very good to know that there are ways to deal with them.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    May 2009
    i never knew about this, but i wish i would of. it took me three days to fix my corrupted ps3's hard drive. this would of been much simpler. well, I'll be trying this the next time i have the problem. thanks

  10. #10


    I've tried this. It didn't work. It didn't even take 3 hours it was over in like a few minutes. I don't know what it did really.

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