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User Info: unknown_VS

unknown_VS
3 months ago#11
Well, umm, to my knowledge this has never been done successfully because of the PS3's encryption, you can probably read out data but won't be able to do anything with it.
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User Info: Mark_Miwurdz

Mark_Miwurdz
3 months ago#12
Isn't that encryption only for PS3 data and stuff?
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User Info: bungiefan

bungiefan
3 months ago#13
Mark_Miwurdz posted...
Isn't that encryption only for PS3 data and stuff?


Nope it is all data. Without being able to extract the encryption key from your PS3 to load it with Aldo's Tools on PC, you have no way to read that hard drive on anything but the PS3 that formatted it. That is intentional. The file system is fully encrypted with that key unique to the console.
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User Info: Mark_Miwurdz

Mark_Miwurdz
3 months ago#14
So, what if I connect it externally to said PS3?
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bungiefan
3 months ago#15
Doesn't work. The PS3 only encrypts and decrypts the internal drive. External drive has to be in a compatible unencrypted format like FAT32, as permissions are only given to the console for such things. Without a modified system, you are restricted by these design limitations that Sony has enforced.

So if your system dies and you didn't have backups of your saves and files beforehand, you are stuck with an unreadable hard drive. You could reformat it, but you have no way to get the data. Only a modified system can dump the encryption key.
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User Info: Mark_Miwurdz

Mark_Miwurdz
3 months ago#16
Ah, well. It does the 100% 'debug' when in the console, but the console won't restart. Tried the safe mode 3 and 4 options, but it sticks on what might be an infinite 'preparing' screen. Any ideas? I'm using another internal drive for now.
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User Info: bungiefan

bungiefan
3 months ago#17
Can't help you with anything on that drive for an unmodified console. The only time I have done successful data recovery was with my modified PS3 and the encryption key I dumped when I modified it. Sony intentionally made it impossible to recover without modding, or paying for their PS+ service to back up your saves to the cloud, which would require you have done that before the drive or system died.

Essentially, if you didn't maintain backups before the failure, you have no way to make them now. Storing your only copy of audio, video, and image files on a device with an encrypted hard drive is a bad idea. You should have had those files on your PC, on multiple forms of media, and backed up to a cloud service like Google Drive or DropBox. Proper backup procedure is 3-2-1 method, 3 different copies, on 2 different media types, with 1 copy located offsite. 2 different types of storage are unlikely to fail at the same time, and the offsite backup prevents a fire or flood from wiping out all copies of your data.

I burn all of my videos to DVD backup, and store on a hard drive array, and the vital ones are stored elsewhere as well. My phone backs up to cloud storage automatically, which links to my computer, so I have copies in the cloud, hard drive, and SD card shortly after taking a photo.
http://bungiefan.tripod.com/psbbn_01.html
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User Info: revengine

revengine
3 months ago#18
@bungiefan How does something like yodot work? If it actually works at all.

https://www.yodot.com/hard-drive-recovery/ps3-hdd-data-recovery.html
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User Info: bungiefan

bungiefan
3 months ago#19
I doubt it works at all. Reading the description of the process to use it, it never asks for a system encryption key, so there is no way it would be able to recover data from the drive.
http://bungiefan.tripod.com/psbbn_01.html
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/wrines88
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