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84w ago - Following up on his initial release and the previous update, today PlayStation 3 homebrew developer nullptr is back with PS3 HDD Utility v1.00 homebrew application and details below.

Download: PS3_HDD_Utility_v1.00.rar

To quote: Hello everyone,

Here is a new version of the PS3 HDD Utility. It's remade with a built-in UFS2 (GameOS) file browser, and file extraction.

The raw tools are removed for they are not needed anymore.

As for phat support, I'm going to need an eid_root_ key and a raw sample for testing.


PS3 HDD Utility v1.00 Homebrew Application by Nullptr is Released

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#16 - aldostools - 83w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by wesinflater View Post
can you copy savedata from a hdd of a ps3 that is dead

yes, but only if you have the eid_root_key from the dead ps3. Brenza about the write feature, here is what 3141card answered:

I can you say why I not plan to do that. I simply know not enough about filesystems. Is the de/encryption a prob? No, its the easiest part on the prog. Its easy to write a fuction for on-the-fly encryption, simply a invers of my read_device(). I have no wish to write a app was kill in worst case a many ps3-hdd's. Only because i forget to set a flag or to update a special value in superblock or cylinder. And why write such a prog? There is always a better way. Linux.

glevand has it show (on psdevwiki.com/ps3/Mounting_HDD_on_PC). It is easy to mount a ps3 hdd on linux.

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

For slim: cryptsetup create -c aes-xts-plain64 -d -s 256

For fat: cryptsetup create -c aes-cbc-null -d -s 192

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.

#15 - Brenza - 83w ago
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I can't decrypt mine, 3141card already knows everything

EDIT: It works erfectly, an awesome work!

Thank you very much 3141card!!!

#14 - sguerrini97 - 83w ago
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I have only tested the tool, the job is 3141card

What is the problem with the slim hdd?

#13 - Brenza - 83w ago
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and you can take rif\rap from a previously modified ps3 without downgrade\dual boot stuff

I hope you and 3141card solved the problems with slims hdd, i'd love to use this tool.

Great job Sguerrini, I envy you!

3141card just curiosity: are you working on a read\write tool? that would be awesome

#12 - wesinflater - 83w ago
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can you copy savedata from a hdd of a ps3 that is dead

#11 - PS4 News - 83w ago
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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:

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For fat:

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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.

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#10 - joffe - 85w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by chroncile View Post
My PS3 is stuck in an update loop and I need to format the HDD in order to access the recovery menu

Would it be a solution to put in an empty/unused HDD to perform format on recovery and then get either eid_root_key from there or put back origin HDD after update finished?

#9 - chroncile - 85w ago
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Is there any way to use this without eid_root_key? My PS3 is stuck in an update loop and I need to format the HDD in order to access the recovery menu, but I need to backup my saves and trophies first.

#8 - ripplar - 88w ago
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I used this yesterday. I like it and it works great. Thank you.

#7 - StanSmith - 88w ago
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Nice that is does nearly all PS3s now but still needs a CFW PS3.

 











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