Updating a playstation 3 system
Fortunately, Sony has designed the PS3 to allow console owners to perform their own hard-drive upgrades.You can go out and select your own hard drive instead of being forced to buy an official first-party hard-disk accessory.
The first step to replacing the hard disk is going to the store or visiting an online retailer to pick up a new hard disk.If you have an external hard drive that's formatted in NTFS, you can use the Disk Management utility in Windows to reformat the drive, but you'll need to create partitions on large external hard drives because Windows can only do FAT32 on drives 32GB or smaller.If your storage device isn't large enough to handle a full system backup, you can selectively copy data over through the various music, photo, and game menus in the XMB.At this point you should have a newly upgraded PS3 and the leftover hard drive.You could try selling the old drive, but small-capacity used drives might not fetch enough money to be worth the hassle of finding a buyer.Download: PS3 Firmware 4.82 (EU) Update / PS3 Firmware 4.82 (US) Update / PS3 Firmware 4.82 (AU/NZ) Update / PS3 Firmware 4.82 (JP) Update If anyone tests out online Play Station 3 version spoofers for PSN access and to help avoid bans let us know if they're working for you or not or try the How To Go Online PSN After 4.82 Update OFW Tutorial, although historically they do for a brief period (a week or so) after each PS3 Firmware update goes live.
According to Rebug PS3 CFW developer @Joonie the 4.82 PUP was compiled in August, which explains why the 4.81 / 4.82 payloads are the same and everything will work from v4.81 to v4.82 without porting.
And what if the issue is more significant than that?
When Microsoft was criticized for early models of the Xbox 360 being afflicted by the “Red Ring of Death,” they responded by extending people’s warranties by 3 years and allowing people to send in their machines for free replacements.
The PS3 has a built-in software backup utility that can copy the PS3's hard-drive contents to an external storage device, such as a USB thumb drive or a memory stick.
The removable storage device must use the FAT32 file system in order for the PS3 to recognize it.
If it is a software issue, will a new update allow users to get back online and download a fix?