Sony PSP Go / PSP: How to completely wipe device and memory card and remove PSN ID

   Posted by Jimmy Selix in Games

This tech-recipe is for PSP and PSP Go owners who are looking to completely wipe / delete all media, saved games, games, and personal information on your PSP prior to selling or gifting. This includes removing your PSN account login info, deactivating your PSP from your PSN account and the actual formatting of the storage memory and any M2 memory cards you may have too.

Deactivating your PSP:

1. On your PSP / PSP Go, go to XMB > Playstation Network > Account Management, it will need to connect to the internet and the PSN. Then go to System Activation. We will need to deactivate the PSP from both Games and Video/Comics.  Go into each, choose to Deactivate.

This will remove the link from this PSP and your PSN account and freeing up the activation license. You are limited to I believe 5 systems (combination of ps3,psp devices) per PSN account.

Formatting the System Storage and Memory Cards:

1. Go to the XMB > Settings > System Settings

Then go to the Format System Storage option.  It will prompt you twice, choose Yes and once it completes your PSP Go’s builtin storage has been formatted / erased.

Next, if you have any M2 memory cards you want to format / erase, put them in and go to the Format Memory Stick option.  Choose Yes to the prompts and once completed your memory card will be erased.

Restoring Default Settings / Removing PSN Login

1. Go to the XMB > Settings > System Settings > Restore Default Settings

It will give you a list of items that will be deleted (settings, psn id info, etc) and restored to factory / out of box settings.

Hit X to continue and a Yes to the prompt.  Finally, you will be prompted to restart your PSP by hitting X.

Once your PSP reboots, it will be at the initial first time setup screens and in turn have all of your information / games / data removed from the PSP Go.

NOTES:
-You can’t sell your digital purchased games.  They are associated w/your PSN ID and in turn cannot be traded or moved to another account; another downfall of digital only distribution. Be wary when buying a PSP Go that comes w/games since they will most likely not work unless they are actual psn vouchers that haven’t been used.

 

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5 Responses to “Sony PSP Go / PSP: How to completely wipe device and memory card and remove PSN ID”

  1. January 31, 2011 at 2:11 am, Jarod said:

    can some1 tell me if it resets the psp go to the original firmware it had when it came out of the box?

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  2. February 24, 2011 at 10:42 am, P Advait said:

    can nebody tell me how to crack my new psp go???i bored of playin the games already in it..

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  3. February 26, 2011 at 10:07 pm, Me said:

    @Jarod It doesn’t

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  4. June 30, 2011 at 5:49 pm, Hardly Wiles said:

    I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. Ok first connect your PSP to your computer using the USB cable and remove everything you want to remove, if there are still things to be deleted from the system settings, restore default settings and if you want everything to be removed from the internet to raise the Go to Internet Tools and remove authentication information, input history and cookies.

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  5. October 19, 2012 at 1:56 pm, RcDiamond said:

    Can someone please with the step by step way of formating a pspGo.
    My screen is gone blank and i dont have money to change the screen cord.
    Your swift response will be much appreciated.
    I need help please…..thank you

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