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    PS3 Full Format Help

    Hi
    I am trying to do a full format and even though there is hardly anything on it , it says it will take over 3 and a half hours.
    Anyone know a quicker way to fully format it?
    Thanks..

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    You can format it with a PC, but you'll need an external power source for the drive and a SATA-to-USB cable.


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    looks like i'll have to slog it out then

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    Well i finally managed to format it, however, it supposed to have 500GB, but it says I only have 412GB after the full format, does this sound right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warmdrift View Post
    Well i finally managed to format it, however, it supposed to have 500GB, but it says I only have 412GB after the full format, does this sound right?
    Yes, that's right. HDD advertising is dodgy. They promote a kb as 1000 bytes, but it's really 1024 bytes. So the capacity is actually lower than advertised.

    You also lose a portion of the HDD to the file system, partition table and PS3 operating system, so it ends up around 80-ish% of advertised capacity.

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    that sounds bout right since my 1TB left me with around 931GB after formatting not sure on the 3 hour thing tho, that's only an estimate cause it didn't take that long for me

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    ok, thanks for replies everyone

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