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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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#32 - Merlena - February 10, 2011 // 2:09 am
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Thanks for a reply, thought the thread died, haha. Now today I can suddenly upgrade firmware, or whatever, through the System Update, and I'm running on the OFW 3.56 pure OFW. Hmmm.... came up a few hours ago, I'll put in some HDDs and see. I'll reply back in half an hour.

#31 - dyceast - February 9, 2011 // 9:33 pm
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I don't know if Sony Automatically asks you to re-update again since the V2 came out... But it depends when you did the update.

If you updated the moment 3.56 came out, then you will have download the latest version and then re-install that onto your original HDD...

Then you should be able to upgrade HDD's.

#30 - Merlena - February 7, 2011 // 3:18 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by modmate View Post
Sony has just released another 3.56 FW to solve the Harddrive exchange issues. Little update from EUSS in the exchange issue:

And again, do not update if you want homebrew or modified firmware!

Greets Modmate

Aha... So if I apply this fix, I mean, I've already updated to 3.56 just to play online again. So obviously this "fix" is on my system right now. That means I'm free to go and change HDDs again?

I'm just trying to figuring out a way to play some backup games again; and when this reformat thing bricked tons of people, I just want to know if the original drive will be bricked with this "2nd" installed.


#29 - stev418 - February 5, 2011 // 12:06 am
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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:

#28 - modmate - February 1, 2011 // 8:32 pm
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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).

And again, do not update if you want homebrew or modified firmware!

Greets Modmate

#27 - PS4 News - February 1, 2011 // 8:13 pm
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Thanks- I updated the first post as well now with the link to the old/new hash details.

#26 - CJPC - February 1, 2011 // 8:06 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by CJPC View Post
For the record, of course -the current 3.56 SHA1 and MD5 sums are:

sha1sum PS3UPDAT.PUP
39f38f0e5015bc20dc162c3cf731ffe39320ff3f PS3UPDAT.PUP

6e070c96e0464e993aaf9deac3660863 PS3UPDAT.PUP

Of note, the new PUP SHA1 and MD5 sums are:

sha1sum PS3UPDAT.PUP
c372ce26267590dc851eec66b73a162a8cac76ea PS3UPDAT.PUP

2a52196399a4b96ea568aafa65d1a27e PS3UPDAT.PUP

#25 - ph4rcyd3 - January 29, 2011 // 4:43 pm
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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.


#24 - j4bs420 - January 29, 2011 // 4:00 am
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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.

#23 - Orical1337 - January 29, 2011 // 2:54 am
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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.