A PSX-Scene member by the name of gundamwfan, has discovered a way of reactivating his PSN games, after a HDD swap, on a Jailbroken PS3, here is a quote from his thread:
Good morning/afternoon everybody. Man I love this scene. I love comgenie’s file manager most of all. And you want to know why? I’ll tell you why.
Yesterday I switched out hard drives on my 160GB Drake model PS3. The one with only 16MB of flash. When you do that, even with the HDD backup and restore, it carts over your DLC but not the activation. The activation keys supposedly were stored in nand and blah blah blah…wrong! WRONG WRONG WRONG!
There’s a little file in the exdata folder of the home directory called “act.dat” and it has all the activation info for all the dlc you’ve purchased. I noticed after comparing the new drive after backup with the files I copied over before I switched out and guess what…act.dat was missing. After I copied over the act.dat file, everything worked like a charm, INCLUDING all my rock band DLC that would’ve required reactivation and all my DLC Games! So share the news with your friends, for those that didn’t know, that act.dat file is golden for DLC and could hopefully lead to bypassing activation at some point in the future. Pass it on!
Update: DLC is seen in Non JB’d mode, and won’t run without activation. But IN JB mode, DLC runs without a hitch. perhaps with some editing, this could lead to running unlicensed DLC? I don’t know.
To stop any hassle, Cyberskunk also discovered this method a month ago here, im sure he has heard of coincidences.
Temporarily Reactivate Your PSN Content with a Backup of ‘act.dat’
I’ve figured out you can temporarily reactivate your PSN Content and it is as simple as transferring your backup of..
‘act.dat’ or the entire ‘exdata’ folder (Depends on the situation)
to this folder on the PS3..