Solved: PS3 System Storage Not Enough, Not Found or Corrupted

Jean updated on Jan 11, 2024 | Home >Computer Instruction

Q: Why is my PS3 saying there is not enough free space on the system storage, but there is plenty of space?

"Each time I downloaded a new game on my PS3, it keeps telling me that there is not enough free space on the system storage to install the downloaded game files. It drives me crazy now because there is extra space for the files. I've deleted a few GBs since I saw the message at first, but it still says that I need to remove more. What happened to the PS3 system storage?"

Many PS3 users have ever received a message telling the system storage is not enough to install games. However, there is space left to be used. Sounds unreasonable? Firstly, let's figure out why; then follow our guide to solve the PS3 system storage problem with a few tricks.

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Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Free up space on PS3 Delete folder like "game data" > the data will be reinstalled automatically...Full steps
Fix 2. Increase space on PS3 Connect bigger new disk to computer > Run EaseUS Partition Master > Select "Migrate OS"...Full steps
Other PS3 system storage issues PS3 system storage not found...Full steps
PS3 system storage corrupted...Full steps

Why PS3 System Storage Not Enough Space But There is

Due to the PS3 digital download space requirement, when you try to download a game and install on the PS3 system storage, you need DOUBLE space, which means there should be twice the amount of room than the game file requires. For example, 8 gigs for the download while 8 for the install.

Thus, to successfully install the game, you'll need over 16 gigs of free space on the PS3 storage device. When installing a game or DLC, the original downloaded copy is kept in case something terrible happens during install. If something does, the install file will be corrupted while the original will be fine, not forcing you to re-download the entire file again. That's how the download system works.

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How to Fix PS3 System Storage Not Enough Space

To get rid of the not enough free space on PS3 system storage, you can try to free up space on PS3 or get more space on PS3 as well.

Fix 1. Free Up Space on PS3 System Storage

Most Blu-ray games store some of their files in the PS3 Game Data Utility, which takes up a considerable amount of disk space after a while. You can't just format PS3 since the formatting will erase all the data on it. Instead, you can safely delete any of the folders like game data to free up some space. The data will be reinstalled automatically from the Blu-ray disk the next time that you play the game.

To remove any game data utility files, simply do the following:

Step 1. From the PlayStation 3 Home Menu, go to Game > [Game Data Utility].

Note: Make sure you select [Game Data Utility]. Do not select Saved Data Utility, as this will delete all of your saved games files.

Step 2. Locate the game data utility file (i.e. name of a particular game you have been playing) you wish to delete. Press the Triangle button and select Delete. Press the X button to confirm the deletion. This will remove the game data utility file for the selected title you've selected.

Fix 2. Increase or Get More Space on PS3 System Storage

"Not enough space in system storage"...On average, 6 out of 10 people who use PS3 to play games are likely to be informed of the insufficient storage to install games and some other types of files. Why add an external hard disk to your PS3 or directly upgrade the disk of your PS3 to a larger one? It's the most recommended way to increase PS3 storage space.

However, people feel hesitant because they don't want to lose the games and files saved on the old disk. Don't worry. EaseUS partition manager can ease your worry by cloning old disk data to the new one without reinstallation.

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PS3 System Storage Related Issues & Solutions

The PS3 system storage issues are far from the single "not enough free space to install games". If you have questions demonstrated as follows, read on and find solutions to your own PS3 system storage problems.

Q1: My PlayStation 3 is saying "cannot start, the appropriate system storage was not found"! What should I do?

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How to Fix PS3 System Storage Not Found

Compared with the free space issue, the PS3 system storage not found seems to be more complicated. In general, this error is pointing to a hard drive issue, which can be encrypted, corrupted, broken, or disconnected to your system. Hence, to fix the unrecognized hard drive, there are some ways out.

Step 1. If the hard drive isn't broken you can screw it back in

On one side of the PS3, there is a plastic panel which you can screw off using a screwdriver or another helpful tool. Once you've unscrewed it, locate your hard drive - it will be held in using a square metal bit and a big blue screw. Slide out the hard drive, clean it, and put it back in. Then, screw in the panel again and turn on the system.

Step 2. If the hard drive has gone bad, you'll need to replace the hard drive with a new one

To swap out a failing PS3 system hard drive without uninstalling all the games, use the same system migration software - EaseUS Partition Master to start the replacement. It's easy and time-saving.

Q2: The PlayStation 3 hard disk's file system is corrupted and it doesn't restore when I press 'ok'; it keeps repeating the same message. what should I do?

How to Fix PS3 System Storage Corrupted

According to the PS3 official guide, when your PlayStation 3 system HDD becomes corrupted or you receive a corrupt data message, you must go through the two steps to find out the reason and try to fix the corruption.

Step 1. Ensure that the latest system software update is installed on your PlayStation 3 system.

  • To check the system software, access the XMB Menu, and choose System Settings > [System Information].
  • Visit the Sony PlayStation update page and update it to the latest version of the system software. 

Step 2. Access Safe Mode and restore your PlayStation 3 system's data.

  • You can use Safe Mode on your PlayStation 3 to remove corrupt data from the HDD.
  • On the Safe Mode Menu, choose option 3, Restore File System. 
  • If the problem persists, choose option 4, Rebuild Database.

Option 3 - Restore File System: the PlayStation 3 system will try to repair any areas on the HDD where files can be saved.

Option 4 - Rebuild Database: the PlayStation 3 system will delete all data on the HDD and rebuild the database.

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Updated by Tracy King

Tracy became a member of the EaseUS content team in 2013. Being a technical writer for over 10 years, she is enthusiastic about sharing tips to assist readers in resolving complex issues in disk management, file transfer, PC & Mac performance optimization, etc., like an expert.

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Jean is recognized as one of the most professional writers in EaseUS. She has kept improving her writing skills over the past 10 years and helped millions of her readers solve their tech problems on PC, Mac, and iOS devices.

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