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My brother's PS3 console has quit working, and we want to copy the game data off of the HDD.

The PS3 itself won't even start, and he already has his new one, it's one of the new "super-slims" or something like that.

We tried transplanting the drive, resulted in "wrong firmware version"

Windows wouldn't read it, and Linux wouldn't read it from the computer's motherboard port?

Is there a solution for this?

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Hook up HDD in a USB caddy to another PS3.

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Didn't work with the newer console, guess I'll give it a go with an older model next week, as that's when I'll have access to one.

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Sadly, there isn't a solution for this. :( I got the YLOD earlier this year, and I ended up losing most of my saves (I've got PS+, but most of the storage was taken up with UFC 3 replays I never knew about; plus there's also the odd protected save). The hard drive on the PS3 is formatted in an unusual way that makes it unreadable if you hook it up to a computer, and annoyingly, the only way to salvage any of the data on the hard drive is to get the original PS3 back up and running, which 9 times out of 10, is impossible. I tried the hairdryer trick on mine, and had no luck. Ended up having to pay

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there is NO solution other than to get the console to work again. the drive is encrypted and will not work in any other console.

if you want the data that badly you could do a reflow to get it working short-term and copy your data, other than that your S.O.L.
(youtube vid link to get you started: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U70SgRDVcBo)

btw, PSN+ offers saving to the cloud (or whatever they call it).

[quote name='MightyJordan' timestamp='1352244216' post='595301929']
which 9 times out of 10, is impossible. I tried the hairdryer trick on mine, and had no luck.
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9/10 times lol what are you talking about? every system I've reflowed has ended up working again, but only short term then it YLODs again.
and you need a HEAT GUN, not a hairdryer, lol hairdryer wouldn't nearly be hot enough, no wonder it didn't work for you.

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