As a friend of mine asked me this, I realized that so many PS3 users find it hard to format the hard drive of their gaming console. It might sound surprising but learning how to format your PS3 hard drive on Mac or Windows is pretty easy. Just make sure that you format the hard drive in FAT32, which is the compatible file system for PS3. Therefore, without much ado, let’s get into details and learn how to wipe a PS3 hard drive instantly.
It doesn’t matter if you have a Windows PC or a Mac, you can easily learn how to delete things from a PS3 hard drive. Ideally, you can carefully remove your hard drive from your PlayStation and then follow these techniques to format it.
Method 1: How to Format your PS3 Hard Drive on Mac
Mac users can just take the assistance of the inbuilt app, Disk Utility, to format their PS3 hard drive. The application can be used to wipe the PS3 hard drive or any other internal/external drive on the Mac. Since you can select a file format for the hard drive, make sure that you format it in the FAT32 system. To learn how to format your PS3 hard drive on Mac, just go through these steps.
You can now just wait for a while as your Mac system would format the PS3 hard drive in the FAT32 file type.
Method 2: How to Format a PS3 HDD on PC via Command Prompt?
Ideally, there are different ways to learn how to wipe a PS3 drive on a Windows system. For instance, you can either take the assistance of the Command Prompt or the Disk Management tool to do it. For smooth formatting of the PS3 hard drive, let’s consider the example of the Command Prompt. Here, we will use the Diskpart (Disk Partition) module to set the PS3 hard drive format type to FAT32.
Lastly, you can assign the drive letter to the PS3 hard drive and complete the formatting process.
Since the PS3 hard drive format type is FAT32, you can access it on any Mac or Windows PC. All you need to do is unmount the hard drive from the PlayStation and connect it to your computer with a compatible cable.
In no time, your computer would automatically detect the connected PS3 hard drive that you can view in the Finder (Mac) or Explorer (Windows). On Windows, you can double-click on the dedicated drive icon that would let you can explore it just like any other partition. You can now manually browse the PS3 hard drive and delete anything from it the usual way.
As you can see, learning how to format your PS3 hard drive is pretty easy. Besides that, some users also wish to swap their PS hard drive without formatting. In this case, you can first take a backup of your data and then swap the disk to make more space on the console.
In case you have accidentally deleted something from the PS3 hard drive (or formatted it), then you can use a recovery tool to retrieve your data. I would recommend Wondershare Recoverit, which is a tried-and-tested DIY data recovery tool.
As you can see, learning how to format a PS3 HDD osn a PC or Mac is pretty easy. Since FAT32 is the compatible PS3 hard drive format type, you can connect it to your computers and use it like any other external hard disk. Just be sure that you format it in the FAT32 file system (and not NTFS or APFS). Besides that, if you have deleted anything accidentally from your PS3 hard drive, then use a reliable tool like Wondershare Recoverit to get your data back.