1. Knight22

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    Hi my Friends!

    I am out of Ideas, currently. I appreciate any Ideas you might have

    My PlayStation 4 Slim HDD died with many sector Errors (put it into my HP Server to read the smart values).
    So I put a new (known good) wiped drive into the PS4 but i can not install the Operating System to that Drive.

    - PS4 starts with 1080p and the PS Logo. It tries to find the OS on the Drive and gives up.
    - PS4 reboots into 720p and welcomes me in Safe Mode but it does not show the 1-7 Menu, it immediately went's to option 7 (Inizialisation)
    - Now it tells me that the PS4 can not start and i shall connect the Controller via USB and Press OK. Now it ask's me for the USB Drive with the Firmware on it.
    - So far so good.

    After I press X the PS4 displays „Please Wait…“ for hours.. The Animation is like 4 Frames over 2 Seconds, lagging and then halting. Interestingly is that the USB Drive is still read for like 30 Seconds. But i can not use the -> and X Button combination to initialize without the Video Signal, it simply does nothing.

    What I tried so far

    - check hash sum of the /PS4/UPDATE/PS4UPDATE.PUP file on the USB Drive with the file on my Mac
    - same error without USB Drive
    - same error without BR Drive
    - swapped USB Drive with DS4-Controller USB Port
    - new CR2032 Battery
    - The replacement HDD is used but known good and wiped with 0000..
    - No visible damage (liquid, short circuit, broken/bad cable, blown fuse, ..) on Motherboard. (Did not check for Open Loops on Fuses)
    - The PS4 recognizes the HDD and reads from it (at least tries to find the OS, I can hear the HDD head moving). When i remove the HDD the PS4 complains about that, so SATA Port and Controller seems okay.
    - BR Drive reads discs (Can not ultimately confirm that) but it spins up, reads and can eject discs.
    - USB Drive is capable of bootstrapping another PS4 Slim.
    - It is OOW but a try worth it anyways :)


    What I plan to do
    - Check for Open Loops on all Fuses.


    Thanks for any ideas in advance!
     
  2. Dracari

    Dracari GBAtemp Advanced Maniac
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    have you tried using another system (if you have one) to try and prep the drive? , i had to do that w/ one of the WD Blue drives i had when i had to replace my Slim's dead drive. (was just only lucky my brother left his PS4 Pro at home)
     
  3. Knight22

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    Hey @Dracari

    I put in another HDD from my other PS4 but nothing. Afaik the HDD is encrypted by unique Keys.
    psdevwiki /ps4/Mounting_HDD_in_Linux

    "[..], the ps4 has two perconsole keys for the HDD, one is handled by SAMU (we cannot obtain this key atm) and the other is handled by the South Bridge / AEOLIA / BELIZE (which we can obtain)".

    Or is this me false reading this and the key should be the same for every console generation?
     
  4. magico29

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    you cant use the ps4 hdd from another console, unless you format it in the new console.Since his console is not booting, i dont think so he can does that.
     
    Last edited by magico29, Aug 9, 2020
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