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January 27, 2011 // 8:13 pm - Update: Sony has now done as expected and reissued the PS3 Firmware 3.56 update. More details to come as they are available (PUP SHA1/MD5 hash comparison HERE) on whether it remedies the PlayStation 3 HDD upgrade issues or not.

Download: PS3 Firmware 3.56 (Fixed - US) / PS3 Firmware 3.56 (Fixed - EU)

Some may recall Sony quietly reissued PS3 Firmware 3.41 to rectify issues for PlayStation 3 HDD upgraders, and today (linked above) reports the same remedy may be necessary in the recently released PS3 Firmware 3.56.

To quote: "According to users on NeoGAF and HighDef Forum, the 3.56 firmware prevents the newer PlayStation 3 models (with 16 MB flash) from being upgradeable to a new hard disk drive. The following models have been affected:

Original PlayStation 3 Model:


Slim PlayStation 3 Model:

• 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

Apparently this was an old bug that has appeared before in a previous firmware update that was eventually fixed. Hopefully, Sony can fix it again in a timely matter."

Sony to Reissue PS3 Firmware 3.56 to Remedy HDD Upgrades?

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#42 - llolcay - November 28, 2014 // 11:38 pm
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nice to know thanks

#41 - Zentsuken - February 12, 2011 // 6:20 pm
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Anyone recall people claiming that 'x.x' firmware messed up their blu-rays too? I remember this back before the 3.0 update.

But as of yet, no firmware I've ever installed has given me problems. (Aside from stuff being removed that is )

#40 - Natepig - February 12, 2011 // 3:43 pm
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Seems very unlikely that an official 3.55 to official 3.56 update would brick any ps3. More likely that an update from a tampared firmware to ofw would cause these issues.

#39 - barrybarryk - February 12, 2011 // 2:58 pm
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forget terms and conditions, since everyone downloads the same firmware as long as it works on 1 ps3 of each sku there's no problem with the update. And people can cry mass bricking all they like, I've never come across one thats been bricked by an official firmware update.

#38 - stev418 - February 12, 2011 // 2:05 pm
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even if there is somewhere in terms and condition that says sony cant take responsibilty for their FW, the updates are made MANDATORY for users if they want to be able to have continused access to there purchases. I know there are those that will say its terms and conditons, but terms and conditions dont always hold up in the courts, also keep in mind that the user manual might say that sony cant be held responsible for any damage to your NEW HDD, correct but the issue this ofw is causing is to the PS3 hardware itself, there is no issues at all with the hdd's.

#37 - madmax69 - February 12, 2011 // 12:00 pm
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I'd say if there is so many issues with 3.56 ofw it's time for the REAL professionals to release 3.56 CFW since the amateurs 3.56 ofw is briking so many units

#36 - jokr2k10 - February 12, 2011 // 8:39 am
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Sony must have lawyers on speed-dial! They sue people left and right for the hacks, LG suing them and there has been a case where someone sued (and won) over the OtherOS removal! Keep Sony in court for their BS.

#35 - barrybarryk - February 12, 2011 // 8:28 am
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stuff like this appears everytime there's a firmware update..

#34 - Chivafighter - February 12, 2011 // 8:05 am
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Wasnt it previously stated somewhere here or officially from Sony that any harm doen to your system due to firmware update is possible or something like that?

#33 - stev418 - February 12, 2011 // 7:52 am
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"Some of you may have had your PS3 system bricked by update/virus 3.56 from Sony. So have hundreds of others. Read about it on the Sony forums here:

We are currently preparing a class action lawsuit against Sony. A petition will be available on that forum and Facebook shortly. Stay tuned."