6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

How To Video: Make game consoles safe to sell

About Video Transcript

How To Video: Make game consoles safe to sell

4:24 /

If you're getting rid of your Xbox, Wii, or PS3, make sure you delete your personal data first!

Let's say you're getting rid of your game console. Maybe think you're too grown up. Maybe you bought a better one. Or maybe you just need to make rent. Whatever the case. You need to wipe your data off of it. Game consoles these days carry sensitive information like addresses, passwords, and even credit card information. Here's how to secure each of the three major game consoles before you sell them. Let's start with the Xbox 360. If you're upgrading to a new Xbox 360, you'll need to get the Hard Drive Transfer Kit, which is included with some newer Xbox's or available for around $50. Using it is an involved process of moving your data then moving your data licenses. In the end though you will erase all the data on the original drive. If you don't care about transferring content, it's much easier. Go to the 360 Dashboard, go to System settings, choose memory, Press Y for device options. Select format the drive. And confirm it with yes. The drive will reformat, and you'll see the default setup screen. On to the Nintendo Wii. Here you have two steps. Remove the shopping channel, and then wipe the drive. You have to remove the shop channel first, because it stores some data remotely. After you wipe the drive, you won't be able to get to that channel to delete it. Warning: you will lose anything you've paid for when you do this. That means downloaded games, channels and any unused Wii points. There's no way to move this data to a new console at this time. First go to the Wii shopping channel, and press start, press start shopping, select settings and features and choose remove Wii shop channel account. This removes your account information and the channel. Next go back to the Wii menu, choose Wii options, then Wii settings and select "format Wii system memory" Once it's done you'll see the default setup screen. Finally the PS3. Which in my opinion has the best system for all this. First you need removable storage like a USB drive, SD card or memory stick. Plug that in. Go to settings, select system settings and Choose backup utility. Choose backup. Say yes. And select the storage device. The next step is to deauthorize that machine on each account that has access. Go to PlayStation Network. Login to your profile, select account managment - click account managment - then System Activation. Select PS3 System Select game or video either one. Then select deactivate system. Go back and do it for the other one. Then do this for any other profiles you may have on the machines. Next, go delete each user account on the console. Finally go to settings, choose system settings and choose format utility. Choose Format hard disk. Say yes and your disk will be wiped. It's a hassle sure. You have to decide if it's worth your time to prevent the chance of someone getting your info off a used machine. That's it for this how to. I'm Tom Merritt, CNET.com

New releases

Tracking Santa with help from Microsoft, Google
2:55 December 22, 2014
Bridget Carey highlights Santa-tracking tools for Christmas Eve, how you can browse department-store window displays on Google Maps,...
Play video
Top 5: Car Tech of 2015
3:25 December 22, 2014
Brian Cooley offers up his top five car technology trends to watch in 2015. Are fuel cell cars on the list? Find out.
Play video
Panasonic LX100 advances the advanced compact
2:34 December 22, 2014
The company's pricey enthusiast compact raises the bar across the board among its peers.
Play video
The Arcade: a capitalist commune of indie game development
5:36 December 21, 2014
Playing host to 19 different companies, the Arcade in Melbourne, Australia is dedicated to changing the face of indie game development....
Play video
XCAR Awards 2014: Person of the year
1:41 December 20, 2014
Some incredibly people crossed paths with XCAR in 2014. We look back to see who impressed us most.
Play video
2014 BMW i8 (CNET On Cars, Episode 56)
19:02 December 19, 2014
BMW's i8 is definitely a taste of the future -- but whose? We'll shed some light on MPGe, the benchmark for tomorrow's cars. And we...
Play video
Need a new size? Just tap the mirror
1:55 December 19, 2014
In a place where fashion comes first, tech is coming in at a close second. In major department stores and small boutiques, the dressing...
Play video
Did life forms exist on Mars? Curiosity makes a big find, Ep. 187
4:46 December 19, 2014
It's the last Crave show of 2014. This week, Curiosity makes a huge discovery, the US Navy has a shark drone and American satellites...
Play video