This probably isn't the best thread for your questions.
Regardless, I've got a few questions/comments for you based on your stated issues:
Originally Posted by Tabasco
when I later removed it, it was warm. So I know it was being read.
Not necessarily. The console generates heat in other places, as we all know. And as we also all know, metal conducts heat pretty well. So, that's not a good indicator for HDD use in the console. In any event, that's neither here nor there and has nothing to do with the issue at hand.
Just had to go and download the 2.20 firmware onto a USB drive and then connect it to PS3. Making sure to place the file in the right folders and directoriy, keeping in mind capitalization.
How are you doing this without a working HDD? Something's not adding up here.
Did that. But . . . the PS3 isn't recognizing the drive. Which is odd, b/c it's the same drive that I used to backup my saves and what not.
??? You're backing up your saves on the same drive you're then trying to use as your replacement HDD? Again, something's amiss here. You're doing something that you're not saying.
So I take it all apart, place 40 GB HDD back in, and all is well. And I take a look at the USB drive and it shows the 2.20 update is on there, and the PS3 gives me the option of installing the same firmware again.
And again, something's "off" in what you're saying and doing. Once you install the firmware, that's it. It's there. Swap HDDs all you want. It's still there. So putting back in the old drive, 2.20 shouldn't need to be reinstalled or anything.
Only for some reason, unlike MS has had since 2001 (note the date RRoD jokers), Sony doesn't have 24/7 tech support.
I've you've ever had to deal with MS support, you know that "24/7" doesn't help much. Usually any call to MS support involves more than one call, and often involves more than a few. Sony, on the other hand, has been very kind and helpful to me. One call.
Here's the deal: start over from scratch. Only do the things that this post
tells you to do. Be sure you have already installed 2.20 before
you remove your initial HDD.