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September 11, 2013 // 6:42 pm - Following up on his previous updates, today PlayStation 3 homebrew developer 3141card is back with PS3 HDD Reader v1 for Windows followed by an updated GUI from aldostools below.

Download: ps3_hdd_reader_windows.rar / ps3_hdd_reader_windows_v1.rar / ps3.exe (with Debug Functionality) / ps3_hdd_gui_1.3.rar by aldostools / HDD Reader Source Code / HDD Reader Source Code (Mirror) by 3141card

To quote: A update, I finish the FAT read support, for dev_hdd1 on NAND and NOR and dev_flash, dev_flash2 and dev_flash3 on NOR. A big THX on sguerrini97 and sinsizer for test the tool on slim-ps3, and on 3absiso for test it on fat (NAND/NOR) ps3's.

Usage: A simple on-the-fly decrypter and ufs2 reader as comandline tool for windows. To see the content of your gameos(dev_hdd0) and copy files and folders to PC. No write suport! Hdd will only read.

Put your eid_root_key file in the program folder and connect your ps3_slim_hdd to your PC. Comands are "dir" or "ls" for see a directory, e.g.:

ps3 dir /

to see the root of dev_hdd0, or

ps3 ls /home/0000000X

to see your user folder. To copy a file or folder use "cp" or "copy", e.g.:

ps3 cp /home/0000000X/exdata/act.dat

to copy act.dat to the program folder, or

ps3 copy /home/0000000X/exdata

to copy the whole exdata folder. Its not a profie app, quickly written, maybe you found bugs.

Big THX again to ALL involved! Specially to Graf, Glevand, Naehrwert and Flatz.

Glevand show it for a slim hdd, ok, but for a fat only the decryption is other.

For slim:

[Register or Login to view code]

For fat:

[Register or Login to view code]

Next is, compile the kernel for UFS write support, and mount gameOS rw. Work perfect for me. So why a maybe risky hombrew, if i can use a brilliant OS with proper coded device driver.

About: It decrypt a ps3-hdd on a windows pc. Show you the content of the partitions, and offers the possibility to dump this content to your pc.

If you have a ylod, or the ps3 is in a other way death, than all data on hdd are lost. All your game-saves, trophys, music, videos, ... Only the ps3 on which this hdd was formatted/installed can read this hdd, no other ps3 can this.

If it was a cfw-ps3, and was you clever enough to dump your eid-root-key, than you can use this tool to get your data back.

If you have a corrupted hdd, and the ps3 say, you have to formatte, than also all your data are lost. Or you put the hdd on the pc and use this tool and your root-key. If you was not clever, and have no root-key, can you use another hdd to get him.

The tool will maybe not correct work with a corrupted hdd. But there is a chance to get some data back. And if it work, be aware: A file can have the right name, size, attributes, timestamps.... but there is no warranty that the file data are correct, no tool or os can repair such
data. No tool or os can divination.

Only to clear a misunderstanding, what i add is FAT(the filesystem) support. Not fat-ps3 support. Fat-ps3 support was already implemented, weeks ago. But the tool has befor only read UFS2, gameOS.

I read that some people would read also the vflash regions and dev_hdd1, so I add FAT12/16/32 read support. I read some people have a old backup, created with dd or a hexeditor and would read this to recover data, so I add the possibility to use a file as source instead of a hdd.

ps3 hdd print (show a sector in a simply hex-view)

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ps3 hdd dump (self-explanatory)

Finally, from zecoxao: Today i stopped by irc as usual, and had a nice chat with 3141card , who provided me the source of his hdd reader in exchange for the community to improve it and add more features to it.. you can check the source here (linked above).

Some things that need improvement are:

  • fat module needs to be remade without windows dependencies
  • fat write support
  • ufs write support

As for the fat and ufs modules, a LOT of information can be obtained from www.kernel.org (linux kernel can support ufs read write and supports fat natively)

Finally, also from 3141card comes a video below of PS3 XMB Blitting as follows:

Hi sandungas, I found a way for blitting informations on the XMB screen, it is not perfect atm and work only in main XMB, not ingame.

I found some bitmap-data in main ram, and poke other RGBA values on this place. I make a simple framebuffer, print text in him and poke him on the screen. The example have only a blue background and white text, but more complex things are posible, inclusive nice interaktive GUIs.



Source and prx comes later, after cleaning, very very busy atm.


PS3 HDD Reader v1 for Windows by 3141card is Now Available

PS3 HDD Reader v1 for Windows by 3141card is Now Available

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#6 - PS4 News - August 9, 2013 // 1:31 am
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Following up on his previous revision and the utility from nullptr comes PS3 HDD Reader for Windows from 3141card which can now read and copy from both fat and slim PS3 HDD variations.

Download: ps3_hdd_reader_windows.rar

To quote: Ok, with much help from mind i get it work. A BIG THX to mind for help me debug the prog. The app can now read, and copy from, fat and slim hdd's.

Some words to safety. The app has only read access, self the incredible bug of all bugs, can not lead to a write access. The app can not destroy your ps3-hdd.

Windows knows not about a PS3-hdd, its a unknown format for Windows. That means, if you not initialize the PS3-hdd, AND DO IT NEVER, the ps3-hdd is not existing for windows, no random read or write processes to a device which not exists for the OS.

Notes:

1) The App will NOT destroy your PS3′s HDD.
2) Now you can COPY from PS3 Fats too.
3) Avast warning about detected "Win32:Evo-Gen [Susp]". False Positive? = It's not infected.

Some information about corrupted ps3 hdd's:

This Tool was writen to work with a intact ps3 hdd, without filesystem errors! My test hdd, a slim hdd, is intact and work perfect.

Some people try out hdd's from ps3's with corrupted ps3 hdd's. For example, you play a game, after the game you are back in XMB and the ps3 say something like "error occurred, must format... ". In this case are some files not correct written, maybe a save or trophy file from the just played game.

This files are simple bad, and not the ps3 or linux or my tool can repair this files magical! The ps3 and even linux mount the ufs2 volume (dev_hdd0 aka gameOS) aktiv. The ps3 will say furthermore "error occurred, must format... ", linux will simply freeze it it come to the corrupted parts.

The ps3 hdd reader mount no aktive volume. He read passive! So he simply not copy the corrupted files. If errors like "error: can't open file ..." occur, than is this not a prob in the app! So be happy that you can recover anything, than otherwise you have nothing.

Have fun

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#5 - salh24 - August 7, 2013 // 7:15 pm
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thanks for the news

#4 - PS4 News - August 6, 2013 // 5:44 pm
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Following up on the PS3 Slim HDD Reader, today PlayStation 3 developer nullptr has now released a PS3 HDD Utility (Beta) with details below.

Download: PS3_HDD_Utility_Beta.rar

To quote: Hello everyone!

Here is a lightweight utility for your PS3 HDD raw backup, decryption needs, and other features. Right now it only supports slim PS3s.
It's written from scratch except for some ported code form naehrwert's PoC. If you have any feed back, please put it here.

Beta Version:

  • Dumping raw images from external disks.
  • Image decryption is done in chunks to save memory.
  • Extracting file block tool. Allows user to dump specified parts of a file.

Notes:

  • I'm not responsible in ANYWAY for what is done with this app.
  • This tool is only for testing. It's not a one-app-solution to recovering data from PS3 HDD yet.
  • Decryption for NAND will be added later.
  • If you want to mount GameOS or do on-the-fly enc/dec, linux offers that in it's "device mapper". (I didn't test it and know nothing about it except its name)
  • Connecting via eSATA is much faster. Speed is affected by other factors as well.
  • If anyone knows/finds a way to mount GameOS in Windows, please put it in this thread.
  • This app uses some modified parts of the PoC code released by naehrwert.

Tested On:

  • WD Scorpio Blue 1TB
  • Windows 7 X64

Thanks to glevand, naehrwert, flatz, PS3 dev wiki & everyone who worked on it.

Quick Tut:

  • Select your eid_root_key file.
  • Connect HDD to PC, ignore any initialize/format offers from windows.
  • Select the HDD index as it appears in "Disk Management" or HxD.
  • If the key and device are correct, the partition table should appear.
  • Click on "tools" to do whichever operation you want.

Notes:

  • Dumping raw images requires access as "admin".
  • To do an operation on a whole file, set its "size" field to 0.

Enjoy!

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#3 - BerserkLeon - August 5, 2013 // 11:12 pm
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It's not entirely useless. If you have a CFW ps3 and it decides it doesn't want to work anymore, you can use this to grab your crap without having to redownload it all.

I could've used this around january.

#2 - StanSmith - August 5, 2013 // 9:52 pm
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Its interesting but you need CFW for it to work which kinda makes it useless. If you have CFW installed you can just FTP to the PS3 to see the HDD.

Its needed for OFW PS3s. Thats what I'm waiting for, OFW HDD access. Even read access would be great then I can copy it over to the CFW PS3.

#1 - PS4 News - August 5, 2013 // 8:10 pm
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Today PlayStation 3 developer 3141card has made available a PS3 Slim HDD Reader (Windows Command Line) followed by a GUI from aldostools with details below.

Download: ps3_slim_hdd_reader_windows.rar / ps3_hdd_gui.rar / ps3_hdd_gui_1.3.rar

To quote: A simple on-the-fly decrypter and ufs2 reader as comandline tool for windows. To see the content of your gameos(dev_hdd0) and copy files and folders to PC. No write suport! Hdd will only read.

Put your eid_root_key file in the program folder and connect your ps3_slim_hdd to your PC. Comands are "dir" or "ls" for see a directory, e.g.:

ps3 dir /

to see the root of dev_hdd0, or

ps3 ls /home/0000000X

to see your user folder. To copy a file or folder use "cp" or "copy", e.g.:

ps3 cp /home/0000000X/exdata/act.dat

to copy act.dat to the program folder, or

ps3 copy /home/0000000X/exdata

to copy the whole exdata folder. Its not a profie app, quickly written, maybe you found bugs.

Big THX again to ALL involved! Specially to Graf, Glevand, Naehrwert and Flatz

From aldostools: I made this quick GUI prototype (linked above)... but I didn't feel in the mood of remove my internal PS3 HDD to make tests, so it may be very buggy. If someone could post some captures of the DOS output when the tool is copying a file or a folder, and listing other folders with files would help me to improve it.

ok, I added a progress bar and add an initial slash if it is missing. Also added support for some shorcuts from the address bar:

1-9 -> /home/0000000x/
10-99 -> /home/000000xx/
mm -> /game/BLES80608/USRDIR/
iris -> /game/IMANAGER4/USRDIR/
st -> /game/HTSS00003/USRDIR/
pkg -> /packages/

Any title id in lower case -> /game/TITLEID/

A new Description column is now included (like in my FTP Client).

Update: PS3 HDD GUI 1.3 - It's a GUI for the PS3 HDD reader tool created by 3141card. Now includes a PS3 HDD Hex Viewer to view/dump sectors.

The tool is a simple on-the-fly decrypter and ufs2 reader that allows to browse the content of your gameos (dev_hdd0) and copy files and folders to PC.

PS3 HDD will only read (Nothing is written to the PS3 HDD, so it should be very safe). PS3 HDD for Slim and FAT models are now supported.

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