Have you seen this message when you try to upgrade PlayStation 3’s hard drive? “The system software cannot be run correctly. Press the PS button to try to restart the system”. No matter how many times you press the PS button, you will land at the same screen.
While there are lots of instructions and YouTube videos on how to upgrade hard drive of PlayStation 3, most of them failed to mention what to do exactly when you see this error message after you install a new hard drive and turn the console on. They all tell you to go to System Settings and format the new hard drive. However, many PlayStation 3 consoles show above error message and don’t allow you to move forward.
Upgrading steps of common instructions or videos on line are:
(A) Back up current data to USB storage media
(B) Remove current hard drive from the console
(C) Install new hard drive
(D) Format new hard drive
(E) Restore the backed up data.
If you see above error message between steps C and D, follow instructions below to fix the issue and complete the upgrading process.
- Get a USB storage media (flash/thumb drive or external hard drive) with 160MB of free space. PlayStation 3 does not support NTFS file system so you must use a storage media with FAT32 file system. Create a new folder named “PS3” (without double quotes). Also, under “PS3” folder, create a new folder named “UPDATE” (without double quotes). Folder name is case sensitive so make sure that folder names are all upper cases.
- Go to PlayStation’s official website and download the system software to “UPDATE” folder as follows:
Go to “http://us.playstation.com” >> click “PlayStation 3” >> click “Support” >> click “System Software Updates” >> click “PS3 System Software” >> click “Download Now” >> click “Download Now”.
Once downloading is complete, you should have “PS3UPDAT.PUP” file in “/PS3/UPDATE” folder.
- Connect your USB storage media into PlayStation 3’s USB port and turn the console on. If you’ve created folders in Step 2 and downloaded the update file correctly, the console will automatically detect and show the screen that asks you to press the START and SELECT buttons at the same time for at least 5 seconds to format the drive.
- Simply follow the instructions on the screen. The new hard drive will be formatted and the system software will be installed.
- Once the whole process is complete, connect your USB storage media that you’ve backed up the data from old hard drive and start the restore process. To restore, go to “Settings” >> “System Settings” >> “Backup Utility” >> “Restore”.