PS3 3.41 Firmware causing Hard Drive upgrade problems?

Sony just recently released the 3.41 firmware that adds a “You may like” section on the PS Store. But it seems to be causing problems to anyone trying to upgrade their hard drives.

As a 30-page strong thread on the official PlayStation forums reveals, folks upgrading their hard drive have been getting a “no applicable data” error after trying to install the update, which has left them with a non-working PS3 and, in some cases, a corrupted original drive. According to CVG, the issue may have something to do with a newly discovered feature of the 3.41 update that allows for more incremental patches, which might also explain why the problem only seems to be affecting PS3s where the firmware is stored in on the hard drive instead of the system’s memory.
Sony has not made any official statements regarding this one. Any of yall updated without experiencing any problems like this? Im kind of hesitant to update right now since im using a USB storage method, even though I’m not upgrading my hard drive.

Written by: Marc Macayan - News Contributor


  1. #1 by Jay on July 31st, 2010 [ 83116 Points ]

    I haven’t experienced any problems at all. I updated mine via the system itself, though, and I already have an upgraded drive.

  2. #2 by CircleOfFire on July 31st, 2010

    Every single time there’s a new firmware release, someone pipes up with “It broke my PS3!”. If there were some _actual_ issue it would brick thousands of PS3s, not 1 or 2.

  3. #3 by LOKO117 on July 31st, 2010 [ 2940 Points ]

    I know plenty of people with upgraded harddrives that still have working PS3’s. Is the problem with any upgraded drive or just with people upgrading after 3.41 went live?

  4. #4 by jpojo on July 31st, 2010

    Trying to upgrade after 3.41 installed. Same thing happened to me. Fixed though. Follow these steps.

  5. #5 by Dave on July 31st, 2010

    Well ha, I updated to 3.41 no problems with mine, and I still have the 80GB hard drive in it, and I dont use any updates features anyway, but I was thanking to update the hard drive from 80GB to 500GB. So I guess what it sounds like if you update hard drive after the new update 3.41 then your PS3 wont work cause of the new hard drive and 3.41 update, well I hope they fix that soon and they should its the right thing to do.

  6. #6 by jpojo on July 31st, 2010

    If you follow my above guide you can upgrade to your 500gb without a problem.

  7. #7 by Dave on July 31st, 2010

    yeah thanks I saw it

  8. #8 by Gorro on August 1st, 2010 [ 465 Points ]

    I upgraded my PS3 slim 120GB to 500GB last week – downloaded 3.41 to USB – no problems.
    If I had a problem as shown, I would first reformat the usb (fat 32) and if that didn’t work, use a different USB stick. I know from experience that some USBs look and work ok on the computer but the PS3 just doesn’t like them.

  9. #9 by Pesict on August 2nd, 2010

    had no problems to update to 3.41, even with a 320gb upgraded HD.
    since yesterday my originaly PS3 gives me the YLOD…


    maybe its the hd, that i upgraded.
    maybe i have to ask Sony for permission to do such things…

    Damn, i’m pissed…

  10. #10 by Lee on August 2nd, 2010

    After the update I did notice my PS3 started actting funny. When I put the Netflix disc in the drive it will not read it. I tested other dvds, Blu-Rays and cds with no issues at all. So I wonder if the Netflix software add-on is causing issues with the Netflix disc. Is anybody else having this issue?

  11. #11 by jpojo on August 2nd, 2010

    My Netflix disc is working fine. If you are brave, try to reinstall the update off of a USB stick. I had my network card quit working and I reinstalled the update and it started working again.

  12. #12 by Tosh on August 3rd, 2010 [ 1117 Points ]

    Sony has this to say:

    Update: For those users who are replacing the PS3 hard disk drive: We have been aware of the symptoms with the system software update 3.41, released on July 27, and that it will cause the update to stop in some occasions while replacing the PlayStation 3 (PS3) Hard Disk Drive (HDD) if the PS3 system is installed with version 3.41.

    To resolve these symptoms, we have released a new version of system software update 3.41 with a very minor change (the version number does not change) on August 2nd. If you are experiencing such symptoms when replacing the HDD of your PS3 system, we kindly ask you to use the latest data and try again. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, and appreciate your understanding and continued support.
    For any other questions, please contact your local customer service.

  13. #13 by joffa on August 5th, 2010

    jpojo followed your link, thing worked a treat . great work mate , cheers joffa, no probs at all

  14. #14 by md_martin on August 7th, 2010 [ 220 Points ]

    hi! question 5400 rpm /7200 rpm HDD does it matter when upgrading a HDD in PS3 slim? what type of HDD meaning Specific Brand to look for? Pls help tryin to upgrade my 120gb PS3 i’m down to 42gb thanks ….

  15. #15 by Gorro on August 7th, 2010 [ 465 Points ]

    Martin -The 120GB slim is 5400RPM. I upgraded using a 500GB 7200rpm (Seagate Momentus). No problems over the past few weeks.

  16. #16 by JesseG on November 2nd, 2010

    jpojo, tried your way dude, but alas to no avail, ps3 asked to format the cloned new drive, then looked for the update…any other ideas???

  17. #17 by jpojo on November 2nd, 2010


    The only idea that I have is that the clone process didn’t go as intended. It shouldn’t ask you to format. I have cloned about 10 different drives and none have asked to format after installing them. Unless your original drive is fubar’d.

  18. #18 by Zombie on December 1st, 2010

    Hi. I have filled up my 80GB HDD and im thinking about getting a 750GB western digital scorpio blue with 5400RPM and a 8MB cache will this work? And has anyone swapped out their drive for this drive? You can find the drive im talking about at

  19. #19 by Oly on December 1st, 2010 [ 132605 Points ]

    @Zombie I have essentially the same drive, except I have the 500GB version, and I’ve had no issues with it at all

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