Let me start off by saying, yes I know, it was inherently stupid of me to click OK on the initialize screen in the windows disk manager. What I wanted to do was clone the 500GB HD that I already had in the PS3 to a 500GB SSD. Not knowing that probably wouldn't work anyways after reading a bunch of similar posts. (should have just used the backup utility) In one of those posts, someone mentioned you could probably do a sector by sector restore of the first couple of sectors to try and restore the disk in an effort to fix the disk. Things that I've done so far: Creating a RAW disk image file with HDD Raw Copy Tools https://hddguru.com/software/HDD-Raw-Copy-Tool (@ 70% now at time of posting) Installed the SSD and reinstalled the REBUG CFW 4.82 on it Extracted the eid_root_key file with the REBUG Toolbox tool Downloaded additional PS3 HDD tools: - PS3 HDD Toolbox by @ifcaro - PS3 HDD Toolbox 0.95.rar - PS3 HDD Studio v2.08 by @NDT - PS3HDDS208.rar - PS3 HDD Utility v1.00 by nullptr - PS3 HDD Utility v1.00.rar - PS3 HDD Reader v1 by @3141card - ps3_hdd_reader_windows.rar - PS3Xport PS3 Backup Manipulation Tool by @kakarotoks - Ps3Xport GUI by homeedog.zip - And of course last but not least the PS3Tools from @aldostools Research other posts for solutions Next steps: Figure out if this is at all even feasible to fix or just abandon now and not waste any more time. See if any of the above tools can read the disk as is (I'm not betting on it) before I move on to other next steps Create RAW disk image of the new SSD so that I have sectors to write to the old HDD (I don't know which tool to use for this yet). Figure out how many sectors need to be restored (in AOMEI Partition Assistant I can see that there are now 2 partitions on the old 500GB HDD, the 1st partition is 15.98MB and the 2nd 465.74GB) Restore sectors and test with above tools Get disk working again, do a proper backup/restore Other useful info: It's a fat PS3 model CECHL04 It's fully operational again Old 500GB other than creating an image has further been untouched Not all is lost: Losing the disk isn't the end of the world, it's more of a nuisance. I was lucky to have made a backup of all my saves on 1 profile earlier that day. Unfortunately, the trophies of the last game played did not sync and I can't get that save to work under my new profile. (42 hr gameplay and 65% trophies lost, ME2) All the games I had installed or copied to the PS3 I have backups of externally. I had another profile that I didn't copy the saves from, but also haven't used in over 5 years. What makes this mistake even more painful is that I'm actually pretty tech savvy, I know my way around Linux and am comfortable running command line code if needed. Note to self, don't try to clone a HDD at 3 am after being frustrated with annoying load times So any tips, tricks, and feedback are welcome. Thanks in advance guys.