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Yes, so long as the HDD was originally formatted by the same PS3, it should boot up just fine and not ask you to format it. The way that the PS3s format their HDDs puts a unique identifier for that console on the HDD. So you can't take a hard drive out of one PS3 and place it in another, but you can apparently swap them in and out of a single PS3 with no ...
Yes, you can insert the old drive however you'll get some questions when inserting it. You DO want to use the hdd as the storage location You DON'T want to select to copy any data from the internal storage to the 'old' disk This should put you back to the state you left your PS3 before removing the original hdd. As sourced from this useful post.
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