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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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#12 - barrybarryk - January 28, 2011 // 5:17 am
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the thread does make it pretty clear it's a mistake, it doesn't even affect all models.

#11 - pasty745 - January 28, 2011 // 5:07 am
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For everyone that keep saying that Sony is trying to prevent HDD upgrades. Please re-read the first paragraph. They may have to do what they did with 3.41 after it came out after they found out that it was causing issues for certain models. So if they re-release 3.56 it will be to fix the issue that comes up from installing a new HDD. For most people on this site, I doubt this will matter anyway, as 3.55 is the one that has the CFWs and stuff. Just wanted to clear this up. Unless I am somehow reading this very wrong. ^_^

#10 - dulal - January 28, 2011 // 5:03 am
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all those ppl flaming sony needs to thing what are they going through and how are they feeling i dont think anyone would like to be like sony invest make huge market such as ps3 just to get boned by pirates who claim they only hack for so call homebrews and emulators or backup (as if their gonna freaking back up a old cartridge or card game) and back up.

yah everyone knows how much others back up their "own" game and also for other os oh yah where are the smartass hackers now talking bout oh we hacked to get other os back anyway just saying and other os was removed because of someone and everyone knows who it is.

#9 - Anticleric - January 28, 2011 // 4:58 am
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That would be a smart fix on sony's part if you think about it. They could just check the size of the storage medium the game is running on.

If disk > bluray disk then fail.

#8 - silencephaze - January 28, 2011 // 4:54 am
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What about this model: ceche01

That's my console.

#7 - SATMASTER119 - January 28, 2011 // 4:42 am
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Total faggot move Sony!

#6 - anulu82 - January 28, 2011 // 4:27 am
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well. here is the reason why we will get 3.57 on the same day when 3.56 CFW will come out. "Sony announced the new 3.57 patch for PS3 systems which solves the HDD change issue."

until then they want to figure out what they can disable in PS3. i don't give a crap about PSN. i'll stay on 3.55.

#5 - mushy409 - January 28, 2011 // 4:08 am
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So Sony are preventing people from using larger internal HDD's?

What a bunch of pricks. I mean come on... All this because of CFW... Sony raping the rapists back.

So what happens then when my legit 40Gb fat PS3 HDD goes tits up? I have to pay Sony STUPENDOUS amounts to have my console repaired becuase I can't use any 2.5" sata hdd?

3.56 will get hacked to bits. Then we can start on 3.57 or even 3.58.

Bring it Sony... you caused ALL of this by removing OtherOS - Just remember that! I'm sure 1000's of honest customers will...

#4 - CJPC - January 28, 2011 // 3:41 am
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For the record, of course -the current 3.56 SHA1 and MD5 sums are:

sha1sum PS3UPDAT.PUP
39f38f0e5015bc20dc162c3cf731ffe39320ff3f PS3UPDAT.PUP

6e070c96e0464e993aaf9deac3660863 PS3UPDAT.PUP

#3 - comhen - January 28, 2011 // 3:31 am
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So dose this mean Sony has disabled HDD upgrades?