Gadget HELP! – Sony Playstation 3 and Restoring the PS3 System

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Today we have received a call where one of our dedicated agents provided support on the Sony Playstation 3 and Restoring the Playstation 3 System. For this our agent used:

Query: Customer wanted to restore it all back to as if it come out the box.

Device: Sony Playstation 3 and Restoring

Article Category: System Settings

Guide: Restore PS3 System

Delete all hard disk content and restore the system software to its default settings. Follow the on-screen instructions to perform this operation. After the operation has been completed, the initial setup screen will be displayed. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the operation.

From the home screen:

  1. Scroll left/right to Settings.
  2. Scroll up/down to System Settings and press the X button.
  3. Scroll up/down to Restore PS3 System and press the X button.
  4. Scroll left/right to select Yes and then press the X button.
  5. You will now have the following options:
    • Quick Format – The format option will be completed in the shortest amount of time, but the least amount of processing will be done. If a specialised tool is used, it may be possible for some deleted data to be restored.
    • Full Format – All data on the hard disk will be removed.
  6. Scroll up/down to the desired option and press the X button.
  7. Confirm the last choice by highlighting Yes and pressing the X button.

Note: The full format will take a while, but will do a better job.

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