Connecting a PS3 HDD to a PC

By dualmask77 ·
My PS3 stopped working and I never backed up the data on its HDD. Since I can't power the console on, I can't use the console's backup utility. I was advised that it may be possible to connect the PS3's HDD to my PC using a serial ATA cable and access the data on it. If this is true, can anyone offer specific instructions as to how to connect my HDD to my PC so I can access its files?

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Your best bet is to borrow another box. :)

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.
If this info is useful, please mark it helpful. Thanks

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Yeah, that was my first idea...

by dualmask77 In reply to Your best bet is to borro ...

But all of my so-called friends were afraid of losing their PS3 data in the process so they all turned me down. Connecting the HDD to my PC is my last option.

Thanks though. :)

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While you theoretically can connect the HDD internally to a computer

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Connecting a PS3 HDD to a ...

+You would be better off using a External HDD Caddy like one of the ones shown here


Taht way you can plug it into any device with a USB Socket. While the PS3 uses a HDD that can be fitted to any current generation computer where you may run into problems is with the File System that Sony uses. Windows may not be able to access sit and so it may not be possible to read the data on the drive.

However if you place it into a External USB Enclosure you can then connect it to another PS# and backup from there. Just a word of warning about External Enclosures if you plan to run the drive for long periods then it is better to fit it to a Metal Caddy so that the actual enclosure acts as a Heat Sink and helps to keep the HDD cool. If you do not plan to use it for long periods of time then one of the plastic Enclosures will be adequate but the drive will get considerably hotter than it otherwise would. Also with External Enclosures the HDD are far more susceptible to damage as they are easier to move when the drive is running so if they get a heavy bump or get knocked off a surface the drive can be destroyed just like if they where fitted to the Console. The only difference is that it's far easier to bump a External Enclosure and do damage.


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by dualmask77 In reply to While you theoretically c ...

That was what the computer guy suggested when I bought my serial ATA cable too. Those enclosures get pretty pricey... I'm starting to think it might not be worth trying to salvage my movies and game data. But that seems to be what I needed to confirm. Thanks.

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I've just had a look on my local supplier here

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Thanks

They sell SATA Enclosures starting at $35.00 AU up.

Might be a bit of shopping around to find the correct one but as this is a SATA HDD you can use a 3.5 inch enclosure as the connectors inside it are the same as a 2.5 inch enclosure. Both HDD connect tot he same connectors and in the ones that I use at least you can screw down a 2.5 inch drive so it doesn't move around. That $35.00 is for a Aluminum Case as well so you don't need to spend a lot of money to get something that will do the job for you.


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I actually did a search of my own...

by dualmask77 In reply to I've just had a look on m ...

Right after writing my last reply and I found something similar on eBay for around $10 (USD). Metal casing, too. So I'm glad I didn't trust the guy in my local store who tried to sell me one for $50 (USD).

Thanks a lot for your help though. I wouldn't even have thought to search without your info.

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Your Welcome Glad I could be of some small help. <NT>

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to I actually did a search o ...

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