How to Completely Erase PS3 Hard Drive?
“How to format a PS3 HDD on PC? I want to wipe my hard drive and install a new one on my PlayStation, but I don’t know how to do it!”
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.
Part 1: How to Format a PS3 HDD on PC or Mac?
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.
- At first, go to the Finder on your Mac and browse to its System Preferences > Applications > Utilities to launch the Disk Utility app.
- Furthermore, remove the hard drive from your PS3 and just connect it to your Mac. On the Disk Utility interface, you can view the connected drive under the “External” tab on the sidebar.
- Simply select the connected PS3 drive from here and click on the “Erase” option from the toolbar on the right.
- This will open a new pop-up window, letting you format the PS3 hard drive. Simply give it a name, change the format to FAT32, and click on the “Erase” button.
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.
- Firstly, dismount the hard drive from your PS3 and just connect it to your computer. Afterward, launch the Command Prompt application from the Start menu and just enter the “Diskpart” command.
- This will simply load the Diskpart utility module on your system. Now, you can just enter the “list disk” command to get a list of all the connected drives and partitions.
- Here, you can note the identifier of the PS3 hard drive and use the “select” command to pick it. For instance, to choose the “disk 2” drive, you can enter the “select disk 2” command.
- Great! Once you have selected the PS3 hard drive, just enter the “clean” command that would wipe its storage entirely.
- Subsequently, enter the “create partition primary” command that would create the primary partition on the PS3 hard drive.
- In the end, you just need to enter the “format” command and the PS3 hard drive format type. That is, to format the disk in the FAT32 file system, you can enter the “format fs=fat32” command.
Lastly, you can assign the drive letter to the PS3 hard drive and complete the formatting process.
Part 2: How to Delete Things from a PS3 Hard Drive?
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.
Part 3: How to Swap PS3 Hard Drive without Formatting?
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.
- Before you remove or format your PS3 hard drive, make sure that you take its backup. For this, just go to your PlayStation’s Settings > System Settings > Backup Utility and maintain a dedicated backup of your games.
- Once you have maintained a backup, you can remove the hard drive from the console. To do this, you can use a pin to pull the hard drive door out and simply get rid of the blue 8mm screw.
- Now, you can just use the hard drive pull tool that you must have got with your PS3 to manually unmount the disk.
- That’s it! In the end, you can remove the screws from the hard drive jacket on both sides. This will let you remove the old hard drive from the metal jacket and manually insert the new one.
Note: Use Wondershare Recoverit to Retrieve Deleted Data from a PS3 Hard Drive
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.
- Wondershare Recoverit supports the recovery of data from PS3 hard drives, SD cards, pen drives, or any other external source.
- It fully supports all the major hard drive file systems like FAT32 (PS3 compatible), NTFS, APFS, and more.
- You can follow a simple click-through process to scan your PS3 hard drive, preview the extracted content, and select what you wish to recover.
- The application can help you recover all kinds of data such as your photos, videos, music, documents, and more.
- It can extract data lost under various scenarios like accidental deletion, formatted drive, virus attack, corrupt partitions, etc.
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.
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