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Format old HDD in new PS3 any problems with this idea pls?

Goofeys Girl Avatar
6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
To cut a long story short. Just got a new PS3 and getting rid of our old YLOD PS3 on ebay obviously mentioning fault. However my worry is that photos etc are on the old HDD. A HUKDer gave me loads of great advise and told me to put the old HDD into the new machine before i do anything else and format it (whatever that really means) i am sure i can follow instructions so no problem. The idea being the old HDD will then be cleared of all our old info photos etc.
This sounds great but when i put the new HDD back into the new PS3 will it be just like i had taken it out of the box or will what i have done with the old HDD cause me problems with the new PS3 being a complete illiterate non techie.
Thanks in advance.
Reading this back I sound like a complete fool. I promise i am a reasonably smart female. LOL The reason i am sorting it out is because the other half is worse than me but unlike me cant be bothered to even learn. (Dont blame him really)
Goofeys Girl Avatar
6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
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Formatting a disk will NOT get rid of everything - that is not how it works. Unless the disk is completely overwritten, then the data will still be there and recoverable with software
1 Like #2
Best bet would be to put the old drive in an enclosure and use it as a portable USB drive. You should be able to access that from a pc then (and you could then copy files over to your new PS3 too). You could put the drive in a new PS3 (I think) but you wouldn't be able to transfer it unless you did a wireless transfer to your pc with streaming software
#3
Thanks for your answers i am really glad i asked. Given you both some rep. Have a good weekend.
#4
KrispiiDuck
Formatting a disk will NOT get rid of everything - that is not how it works. Unless the disk is completely overwritten, then the data will still be there and recoverable with software


To the average user it does.
#5
A computer expert could access your data to get your photo's if they were desperate.
Joe public won't be able to.

Johnboy_1975
Best bet would be to put the old drive in an enclosure and use it as a portable USB drive. You should be able to access that from a pc then (and you could then copy files over to your new PS3 too).


This will not work.

Previous thread.(The last post is incorrect btw)

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/604864/information-on-ps3-hdd-can-i-just-s
#6
You can Format the hard drive whilst it is in the PS3. It is in the settings menu somewhere.
#7
peodude
You can Format the hard drive whilst it is in the PS3. It is in the settings menu somewhere.


She knows this.
If you read the thread I gave a link to, it might make a bit more sense.
#8
Ah i should have looked at this 15 mins ago....after first few comments i didnt format the old one, i have now set up the new PS3. Never mind no doubt the old PS3 will set in the cupboard and never get sold. I have one happy teenager now that the school holidays have started and he has a PS3 again.
The most vital lesson learnt in this excapade was to regularly back up the PS3 which we have never done.
Thanks for trying Saint am so annoyed i didnt look at this just before setting it up but at least the hassle and stress is now out of my life.
Have a great weekend guys.
#9
dontasciime
To the average user it does.


I beg to differ - it's what I do for a living so I do know what I am talking about

Just google for free recovery software and there is plenty out there for when the average user formats a drive and then remembers they have not copied off all their photos etc.

And if you're serious about stealing someone's personal data, there are lots of very good tools available to do it with!
#10
KrispiiDuck
I beg to differ - it's what I do for a living so I do know what I am talking about

Just google for free recovery software and there is plenty out there for when the average user formats a drive and then remembers they have not copied off all their photos etc.

And if you're serious about stealing someone's personal data, there are lots of very good tools available to do it with!


Oh its what you do for a living. What you google for free recovery software or you format hard drives all day. ?:lol

The average users does not understand about such things is what I meant and therefore the average users is hardly going to get hard drive and wonder if there was some personnel data left on from previous user.


Also by the time the average user finds said software and downloaded it to drive they have killed the headers by using the drive in question. Thus hindering the recovery process
#11
dontasciime
Oh its what you do for a living. What you google for free recovery software or you format hard drives all day. ?:lol

The average users does not understand about such things is what I meant and therefore the average users is hardly going to get hard drive and wonder if there was some personnel data left on from previous user.


Also by the time the average user finds said software and downloaded it to drive they have killed the headers by using the drive in question. Thus hindering the recovery process


Data recovery is what I do - let me point out just how many people have chucked away broken computers with recoverable data in them and have suffered identity theft as a result.
#12
KrispiiDuck
Data recovery is what I do - let me point out just how many people have chucked away broken computers with recoverable data in them and have suffered identity theft as a result.


The lesson there is never throw away computer stuff broken or not or at least if you have to do the below (but then the average user does not go looking for data on broken /trashed hard drives (fraudsters do). Although what is meant to be broken seldom is where computers are involved and a drill through various points on platter, small pcb destroyed and before that a couple of wipes with various erasing and kill disk utils will be enough to ensure if your hd was beyond salvage at least it is data safe.
#13
Agree with that - which is why I wouldn't have been happy for the OP to format the HD and sell it on oblivious to the risks involved.
#14
"This sounds great but when i put the new HDD back into the new PS3 will it be just like i had taken it out of the box or will what i have done with the old HDD cause me problems with the new PS3 being a complete illiterate non techie."

the old HDD wont cause any problems, infact you could keep it which will save you time formatting it and put the new hdd in the ylod console and up its price on ebay.
......unless HDD's are different size.

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