How to… Recover a disc from a broken PS3
Nothing lasts forever – not even your trusty PlayStation 3. Should it succumb to the dreaded Yellow Light Of Death here’s how to get a disk out of a broken PS3 while your console’s spirit ascends. There’s no messy post-mortem here although techniques differ depending on the model.
Step 1- Suss out your model number
First, a disclaimer: there’s no failsafe way of retrieving a disc from the first wave of original models. That said, you’ll need to to figure out which of the following techniques applies to you – and so a moment of detective work is required. Examine the back of your console, and identify the model number (it’ll look like a robot’s sneeze transcribed). If you have a (ready the robo-tissues) CECHG01, CECHH01, CECHK01, CECHL01 or CECHP01 model, head directly to step two. Do not collect £200 if you pass Go. If yours is a slim (CECH-2001A, CECH-2001B, CECH-2101A, CECH-2101B, CECH-2501A or CECH-2501B) model, hop on over to step three, making rude gestures at all those suckers who had to go to step two. Quick, before this terrible text adventure thing we’re going with takes root.
Step 2 Technique for larger model owners
What you’re about to do, intrepid owner of the classy piano-black original model, is activate the PS3’s fan cycle. Don’t sweat it – you won’t need as much as a screwdriver. Just an index finger, and nerves of double-welded titanium. Although, if we’re being completely honest, you could probably make do with just the finger. Firstly, turn the power off at the back of the console, then hold your finger down on the eject sensor. With your finger still pressing on the sensor, turn the power on using the switch at the back – not with the on/off sensor. You should hear an almighty whirring noise, indicating that you’ve successfully kick-started the fan cycle. Now simply keep tapping on the eject button – after a while your disc will be gloriously freed. See what we meant about just the finger?
Step 3 Technique for Slim model owners
The process is a bit more hands-on if your treasured Breaking Dawn disc has gotten stuck in a slimmer-spec model, and to rescue it you’ll need a small Phillips-head screwdriver. As you’re about to see, though, we’re not talking jet engine-assembly levels of fiddliness. Start by flipping the machine upside down, and pretend I’m Jeff Goldblum guiding you through the process of bringing Jurassic Park back online. See that small tab under the disc drive? Remove it. You should see a blue screw, with a hole next to it. Insert your screwdriver into said hole, punch it through the tape, and unscrew in an anti-clockwise direction. Your disc will slowly emerge up to halfway from the drive, in the most satisfying manner imaginable. Grab it, and Edward and Bella’s honeymoon adventures are yours once more.