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Monday, November 09, 2009

How To: Backup Your PS3 Hard Drive (Sony Playstation 3)

Backing up the data and hard drive of your Sony Playstation 3 is pretty important in a number of cases. In the first case, it is always good to have a backup of all your data in case of a hardware or hard drive failure. The second most important case is the case you need to return you PS3 for repair due to a failure -- like of the Blu-Ray player -- since that is what I am doing right now.

So, let's start with the backing up of the hard drive. In most cases, you will need an external hard drive (USB) to backup the drive because the volume of the contents (usually exceeding 10GB) will not easily on something like a USB drive. If you need a USB at a good price, I recommend checking out Amazon.com -- they have a ton of choices and sizes for any budget. Click here for the list USB hard drives from Amazon.

Alternatively, if you are looking to upgrade or replace your hard drive, there is a great article if you click here.

Once you have your hard drive, it is important to get the hard drive connected and recognized by the Playstation 3. This can be tricky given how "picky" Sony's PS3 operating system is. If you need help, click here to see my guide on how to connect a hard drive to your Sony Playstation 3.

Now with an external hard drive attached to your Sony Playstation 3, you're just about ready to back up the drive. But, before getting started, there are a couple of things that you need to be aware of:

Please note that the following copy-protected content will not be transferable:

Digital Right Management (DRM)
PlayStation format software game data
PlayStation 2 format software game data
PlayStation 3 format software Game Save Data flagged as unexportable

Please note that content purchased from the PlayStation Store can be redownloaded from the PlayStation Network download list and does not need to be backed up.

The good news with trophy data however. Trophy data is saved onto your PlayStation Network account and will be accessible regardless of the content on the hard drive.


Now that we're aware of how this might impact your backup, I would recommend storing any save data from the Playstation or Playstation 2 games on an memory stick or a memory card that you may be using with an USB adapter.

Here's how you backup the hard drive for your Sony Playstation 3:

1. Go to (Settings) --> (System Settings) and press the X button.

How to Backup the Hard Drive on your Sony Playstation 3: Go to  (Settings)  (System Settings) and press the X button.

2. Go to [Backup Utility] and press the X button.

How to Backup the Hard Drive on your Sony Playstation 3: Go to [Backup Utility] and press the X button.

3. You will be given three options: Back Up (Back-up all data from your PlayStation 3 hard disk drive to the external USB drive.), Restore (Use a back-up that was made to an external storage to restore data to the PlayStation 3 hard disk drive.), Delete Backup Data (Erase backup data).

How to Backup the Hard Drive on your Sony Playstation 3: You will be given three options: Back Up (Back-up all data from your PlayStation 3 hard disk drive to the external USB drive.), Restore (Use a back-up that was made to an external storage to restore data to the PlayStation 3 hard disk drive.), Delete Backup Data (Erase backup data).

4. Select the Back Up option and press the X button to start the backup process. Depending on the amount of data, games, saves, and other media it could take up to one hour. The process will inform you of the progress and the approximate time left.

Congratulations, you have successfully backed up the hard drive on your Sony Playstation 3!

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

VERY HELPFUL! THNX 4 THE ├čITCHIN' POSTS- Ca$h

jussbe1 said...

Thank you for this post! I was dumbfounded trying to backup my ps3 on a mybook that i used b4, but it wouldn't recognize it anymore, hence the fat 32, cause I formated it to ntfs. You saved me time and money buying a new drive...