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Old 03-29-2009, 01:24 AM   #1
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PS3 Dead? How Do I Recover the Hard Drive?

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Hi All,

I've got a dead PS3 and I REALLY need some help.

I had originally upgraded the hard drive to 320GB and everything was working fine. Yesterday, I discovered the flashing red light/3 beep of doom and it does not power up any more. I tried restoring the original hard drive and entering into recovery mode and that doesn't work either so I'm sure it's pretty stuffed. Luckily, I should be able to get a replacement because it's only 2 months old so that's one comfort.

My question is is there anyway of retrieving the data from the harddrive? I had copied a lot of my music and photos to the hard drive since thrown away the CD's (luckily I have backups of most of the photos) but is there ANY way I can recover the music from it?

I was hoping when I get the replacement I can pop the hard drive in there and recover it somehow but I doubt that's possible because of some sort of hard disk key-signing to the host machine.

Does anyone know ANYWAY of recovering data, regardless of how technical? I'd REALLY REALLY REALLY appreciate any advice.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-29-2009, 06:34 AM   #2
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There is no way of recovering the hard drive other than putting it into your new PS3 when it comes. Nothing can read PS3 hard drives. The PC cannot, and as far as I know the MAC can't ether. You can't use it as an external drive on the PS3 because that would have to be formatted to FAT32, thus wiping it.
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There is no way of recovering the hard drive other than putting it into your new PS3 when it comes.
But it'll be encrypted with the unique key from the Cell in the old console. So the new console would be unable to decrypt it.


Really there isn't much that you can do. Fix your current console or get hacking. Unfortunately, the ironically titled "trusted computing" is likely to be the future of computing. So you should probably get used to it... -_-

Not a very ideal solution, but you could always make a backup of the disk so that you could recover it at a later time when flaws may be discovered...
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But it'll be encrypted with the unique key from the Cell in the old console. So the new console would be unable to decrypt it.
I did'nt know that. Cheers
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