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replace the HDD of the PS3 with the PC
whenever you insert a HDD into the PS3 it will get formartted so: no
you could try the usual PC-doesnt-start fixes though or just put it in another PC
Thank you for the speed and accuracy of response.
I was hoping that the 2.5 "as well as the sentence could be the salvation of the HDD that I've seen a lot of cables for the larger HDD.
It will mean that it will buy a cable to connect it to the main PC as a second HDD and see if it resolves.