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Is it possible for a PSP to break a memory stick?

holdmykidneyholdmykidney Registered User new member
edited October 2012 in Help / Advice Forum
Hi there I don't know if somebody can help. I bought a second-hand psp slim from my local indie as my psp-1000's buttons have died beyond my ability to repair them.

It needed an update to sign in to my online account, so I tried to do the update. Refused to update cos the battery wasn't full enough. Fine. I quit the update.

Trying the update a second time, the process kept failing before it even finished downloading. I noticed that the PSP was displaying corrupt data under save games.

I though I'd try and reformat the memory stick to start from a blank slate. The PSP-slim tried to format it, but failed and now refuses to read the memory stick at all. Furthermore the memory stick can now no longer be read either in my old PSP or in my laptop.

So does anyone else have experiences or knowledge of PSPs destroying memory sticks? Or do I just have to accept the complete coincidence of my previously-working 8gb Pro Duo decided to fail on the first day I try and use it in a different PSP?

Any help would be great, cheers! :)

holdmykidney on


  • EclecticGrooveEclecticGroove Registered User regular
    It is possible, if it got interrupted in the middle of a format it could have really messed up the file system on the stick. I suppose even worse case it could have supplied it with too much/little power and fried it, but I wouldn't really count on that as possible.

    The memory stick might still be savable, but you're probably going to need to force a full format on it again, and if a pc is refusing to even see it in the drive, or just won't format it... I don't know what you would do then unless sony has some sort of a utility that could try and force access to the card. (either on the pc or PSP).

    You might want to look and see if there's any broken/corroded contacts in the memory card slot. But not having a psp, I have no idea how easy it is to look at that.

  • holdmykidneyholdmykidney Registered User new member
    Yeah it can't even be reformatted on a PC. It tries and then fails. The card is definitely broked.

  • EclecticGrooveEclecticGroove Registered User regular
    You can try to find a utility similar to this one:

    That works with your card reader and card (if this one doesn't)

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