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Selling my PS3 - how do I clear my personal details first ?

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  1. True-Blue

    True-Blue Member

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    Per title, is there any easy way to clear my personal details from my PS3 before I sell it ?

    Cheers.
  2. Darth_terra

    Darth_terra Active Member

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    Yes there is a way to put it back in to factory settings ie how it was when you first got it,

    1. make sure the PS3 is in standby
    2. hold down the power button on the PS3 (not the controller) the PS3 will turn on then turn off, take your finger off the button.
    3. hold down the Power button again this time it wont shut down, wait until it beeps twice in a row then take your finger off the power button.
    4. you should get a message asking to connect your controller via usb cable do so and switch it on.
    5. a menu appears with a bunch of options, choose number 5 this will format the HDD drive and revert all the settings and options back to how it was when you got it, just make sure you back up anything you want to keep.

    hope that helps you out. :)
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  3. theblacksheep

    theblacksheep Member

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    1) take out HD,
    2) plug in another (possibly old) 2.5" SATA disk.
    3) turn on PS3 and let it format.
    4) turn off and put in disk you want to sell it with...


    Alt
    1) take out HD
    2) plug PS3 HD into an external PC drive holder and turn on
    3) format on PC
    4) put back in PS3
  4. beowulf

    beowulf New Member

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    i think i'll just change my password when i get my replacement ps3 , that should do the trick , the psn credit card thing is the only pain in the neck tbh

    they can have all the silly photos . music and game and video downloads on my knackered ps3

    nothing dodgy - as far as i know ... :D
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    Dancook Well-Known Member

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    The profiles are not stored on the hard drive.
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    Se777eN Active Member

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    How much you selling it for? am after a console no games??
  7. True-Blue

    True-Blue Member

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    It's on ebay so I can't list it here aswell, probs not what you're looking for anyway tbh as I'm selling it as a package with games. It's a 40GB machine that I've mainly used fro BRay but have tinkered with a few games on it.

    The reason I want to clear it is because of my credit card details etc for the psn store.

    If the first reply works then I'll use that, as I really don't want to start taking it to bits just before selling it.
  8. beowulf

    beowulf New Member

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    just change your password , keep the rest

    log on here

    https://store.playstation.com/login.gvm
  9. True-Blue

    True-Blue Member

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    I've got a couple of clients who work in IT security and they assure me that password protection is almost worthless if someone clued up wants to get your details. I don't begin to understand why, but as I'm selling the machine and not buying another (going for a standalone Blu Ray) - I'd rather take the safer option of clearing my details off of the harddrive altogether. :thumbsup:
  10. beowulf

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    fair enough

    although it IS linked to your email so they'd have to have access to the email as well for the credit card stuff

    that's my take anyway

    *fingers crossed*

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