" @Enigma777: No you can copy any thing onto your computer or onto another hard drive. I have done it multiple times for multiple friends and myself. The PS3 is very open "No you haven't. Stop lying.
It is certainly encrypted, and you cannot copy information directly onto a PC from PS3 via a HDD enclosure. When this YLOD problem occurred to me, I went researching the same option to no avail. When speaking to a Sony person over the phone, he also said there was no way of retrieving the data unless the PS3 began to work again. I even asked if they could somehow transfer the files over, but no they cannot.