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Rescuing photos from a dead PS3

chuffchuff
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Rescuing photos from a dead PS3

The PS3 has packed up; I had a digital repair shop have a look at it. They
said that the motherboard has gone. They said that they
could not access the hard drive to rescue the photos stored on it.
Fitting a new motherboard wipes the drive, so no photos!
Any suggestions would be helpful.
Thanks.
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Re: Rescuing photos from a dead PS3

A hard drive is a hard drive so I would suggest mounting it in a caddy (USB) and you should be able to read it using Linux. Then copy the files off that you want.
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Re: Rescuing photos from a dead PS3

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Can I take out the PS3's internal HDD, connect it to my PC, and move data on and off the drive?
No. The PS3 uses a proprietary file format for its internal HDD, which cannot be read by PCs.

You'll need some software that can cope with the file format; I don't think even Linux can cope alone.  I found two bits of software for PCs that say they can do that but I'm not sure if either was free.
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Re: Rescuing photos from a dead PS3

i'm not sure you'll be able to, the disks are encrypted and are tied to a particular machine which is why a new motherboard or putting it in another ps3 will want you to format it.

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Re: Rescuing photos from a dead PS3

have a read of this http://community.us.playstation.com/t5/PlayStation-General/PS3-quot-Broken-quot-hard-drive-fixed-No-...
it might do what your asking
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Re: Rescuing photos from a dead PS3

If it's the Yellow Light of Death, find someone who can do a solder reflow, that'll bring it back to life as the main reason PS3s die is due to insufficient cooling and/or a blocked up heatsink & fan, so the solder on the CPU or GPU (or both) melts and breaks contact, and a reflow fixes this issue, not a permanent fix, but enough to have the thing working again to drop off at one of them exchange shops when you've got your data off it and let someone else have some fun with it 'til it dies again... Smiley