One of the best aspects of the PlayStation 3 is Sony's unusually considerate policy of letting users upgrade the built-in hard drive themselves, using any compatible third-party notebook drive. That means you can head over to Amazon, pick up a massive 500GB HDD for $60 or so, bust out a screwdriver, swap in the new drive, format it, transfer your data, and you're set — no need to shell out, say, $130 for a proprietary 250GB hard drive. (Looking at you, Microsoft!)
Seeing as my old 40GB PS3 hard drive had been getting pretty cramped lately, I figured it was high time to trade up. So I watched a few how-to videos, got my 500GB Western Digital HDD from the UPS guy, unplugged my PS3, and warmed up my screwdriver. Should be smooth sailing, right?
Well, not quite. Sony just released a new PS3 firmware upgrade (version 3.56, to be exact) that seems to trip up the console the first time your fire it up with a new hard drive installed. Instead of identifying the drive and asking whether you want to format it, my PS3 curtly informed me that … well, see for yourself: