Like an idiot, I decided to take things into my own hands without research and use Norton Ghost 14 to clone the PS3's original 60GB HDD to my new 200GB one. This created a huge problem. Windows wasn't reading the original drive so I initialized it. After I did so, it came to me that it wasn't a new drive so the PS3 probably used a different format that Windows couldn't read; that's the reason I needed to initialize it in the first place. I quickly unplugged the drive and plugged it back into the PS3 and that's when I got the message that the drive had to be formatted. What can I do, if anything, to get it working again? I'd be the most dreary person in the world if I lost all my save data.
-Thanks in advance.
You shouldn't have used Norton. They make terrible software.
I didn't use Norton. I said I was planning to. all I did was initialize the drive then plugged it out after realizing that I shouldn;t have had to initialize it unless the PS3 used some other format to read the data.There should be a way to initialize it for the PS3 now.
So that's it? Just because I initialized the drive, there's nothing I can do? That doesn't make sense. All the data is still there. Is there nothing that can initialize the drive so that the PS3 can read it, without formatting? If Windows did it in a millisecond, I'm sure something can do it for the PS3.
Yup sorry, the HDD must be formatted so the PS3 can read the data off of it, the ONLY option you have now is paying a company to try and salvage your data off of the HDD but you're gonna get charged a lot.
Not necessarily uninitialize but maybe initialize it for the PS3 like Windows did for itself. I didn't have to format it with Windows in order for it to read it.
I didn't use the backup utility because I don't have any kind of external storage that's large enough so I just decided to do it this way. I basically explained what happened.
Unless SONY intentionally made it so that if the disc was initialized by Windows, it can never be used again unless formatted by the PS3, there definitely has to be a method to fix this. I'm trying really hard to refain from cursing because of how damn stupid this is.