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How to transfer all your information to a new ps3

I wanted to transfer all the data from my old PlayStation 3 to my new slimmer PlayStation 3. I also wanted to move the 320GB hard drive and install it into the new machine as well.

If this was an Xbox 360, I would simply connect the hard drive to my new console and transfer the licenses. But that’s not possible with Sony’s machines because as soon as I introduce a hard drive from a different PS3 it will ask to format the drive as new.

I thought performing a backup and restore using the “Backup Utility” was enough, but that wasn’t the case either. My unprotected saves made it over, but anything I purchased from the PlayStation Network did not. So to avoid redownloading gigabytes upon gigabytes worth of digital gaming and destroying my monthly bandwidth alottment, I did the following:

  1. Backed up my protected saves just in case things didn’t go according to plan.
  2. Purged unnecessary game data (ie: installs, patches, demos etc)
  3. Performed a backup to an external hard drive using the Backup Utility
  4. Once the backup was complete, removed the hard drives (320GB & 160GB in my case) from both consoles and swapped them.
  5. Booted up each console and performed the requested formatting of each drive.
  6. Restored the backup from step 3 onto the old PlayStation 3.
  7. Once the restore was complete, initiated a transfer via the Data Transfer Utility

The Data Transfer Utility worked as described; all my PSN games, themes and saves (protected and otherwise) made it across the Ethernet cable into the new PS3.

Note: The destination console will shut itself down after the transfer is complete.

I had a bit of a scare this morning after I noticed one console was off while the other was on. After switching to the source console, I was relieved to see the “Data Operation Completed” message on the screen. They should have mentioned this little extra step in their procedures somewhere.

It took far too long (3+ hours) to get this job done, but I successfully transferred both hard drive and data from one PS3 to another.

I’m thinking of upgrading my PS3 HDD to a newer one, but so far I’ve seen tutorials on how to change the HDD but no information on how to transfer the games and data from my old HDD into the new one.

What are the tools I need to transfer the data from my old HDD? Do I need a computer? Do I need a USB drive? I just want to save myself the time of downloading all of the games from my HDD into the new one. I’ve never done a HDD upgrade on my PS3 and I don’t want to ruin my console or anything by following steps that aren’t for my needs.

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Here’s a post I found from a quick online search. It’s been many years since I’ve done it, but it looks right from what I remember. There are a couple methods, but I’d focus on the simplest (the first option: Backup utility). I will also repost the steps, but there are images in that link that could be helpful, along with some extended discussion.

Your life will be a whole lot easier if you already have an external drive that is large enough for everything you need to transfer. Otherwise you’ll probably have to use method 2 and keep track of many smaller devices instead (avoid this if possible). You do not need to use a separate computer or any special software.

Method 1: Using the backup utility

  1. Go to (Settings) > (System Settings)
  2. Go to [Backup Utility]
  3. You will be given three options:
    a. Backup: Back-up all data from the PS3 hard disk drive to an external storage device.
    b. Restore: Use a back-up that was made to an external storage to restore data to the PS3 hard disk drive.
    c. Delete Backup Data: Erase backup data.
  4. Select the option you wish to use. Make sure the external storage device has enough space to store all the data from your PS3 system. Note: Back-ups cannot be made to CD-R or other optical disc media.

Method 2: Manually copying data from the PS3HDD to storage media

Connect your removable storage media (USB storage device, MemoryStick, SD Memory Card, or CompactFlash, etc.) via the appropriate slot/port) to the PS3 system.

From the XMB home menu, you will need to specify which folder you prefer to copy information from (i.e. music, photos, games, videos, etc.)

Once you choose the file you want to copy, highlight the file and press triangle.

This will bring up a menu with three options: Copy, Delete, and Information. Select [Copy]

Select the destination. The file will begin to transfer to your removable media. You will be given a status screen that will show you the copy progress.

You will then be taken to a page that states, “Copy Complete”.

To verify your transfer was successful, you may highlight the removable storage media, press the Triangle button and select “Display All”. This will show you all of the files on the removable storage media. You may also insert your media into another system (PC, PSP® portable entertainment system) and view the files that way.

Whichever method you choose, always double check that everything you want to back up has been backed up. I cannot stress this enough. The last thing you want to find out when your new HDD is all set up and running is that your save files for Duke Nukem Forever weren’t copied over.

So I have bought another PS3 today (a 40GB PAL to my existing 60GB USA), and was wondering what would be the easiest way to copy if possible my user data, my downloads, my purchased PSN games etc.

I assume the ‘backup’ utility would do it ? but I’m unsure if that will transfer everything to another machine or if the PSN stuff is linked to a specific hardware/machine and if there are any other issues involved with doing this.

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macrumors 68020
  • Jan 6, 2008
  • #2

Do a backup to a external drive and then restore it to the new machine. This is the only way to ensure that all of your save data goes with you to the new machine.

I know that a few games won’t let you copy the save game files and they only work for the account that created them. Make sure that when you setup the new machine that it has the same account names/login names.

macrumors demi-god
  • Jan 6, 2008
  • #3

^ Thanks Ed. Should I setup the PSN account on the console I’m transferring too first or will that be transfered with my backup ?

OK so it didn’t work. Basically went to restore and got the message about a different system and some things wouldn’t copy, so I said ok and go ahead anyway.

Basically nothing was really copied from one to the other. No demos, no saves, no downloaded game, no pictures, no accounts.

So I just basically added my two accounts manually, set up PSN account using the sign in to an existing account, and then using the account management feature of PSN I went to ACTIVATE system and activated the new PS3 to allow downloadable content and such.

It’s now in the process or re-downloading the 20 games I had purchased from PSN, so I will leave it over night.

Its good to see that it at least (or so it seems initially) to allow you to activate more than one PS3 to play downloaded content, not sure if this is online or offline but hopefully offline too. (With the 360 you had to be online to play downloaded arcade games if using a different 360, which is a pain because I didn’t have it connected to LIVE at my apartment, meaning I couldnt play any of my ARCADE games at all other than in demo mode)

Interesting to see that the 40GB PS3 has a different front panel to the 60GB model I have. The chrome bevel around the drive and on the top edge is like a mirror on the 60GB model, and yet on the 40GB its matte and non-reflective. I prefer the 60GB model. Not bothered about the lack of media ports though as I never use them on my 60, and I always thought the door to them on the 60 felt flimsy.

At least now I have a region A and region B – BluRay playback So I no longer have to look for specific region or region-free discs. I can just buy whatever I want which is nice

You can change or recover your sign-in ID email address on PlayStation™Network.

What is a sign-in ID?

Each account has a unique sign-in ID, which corresponds to a valid email address. Email is the primary mode of communication between PlayStation and account holders, and will be used to:

    verify your account

ensure your details are protected

keep you up to date on important account information.

It is recommended that you use an up-to-date and accessible email address.

Change your sign-in ID

You’re signed out from all devices when you change your sign-In ID (email address) and will need to sign in again using your new sign-in ID.

Web browser: change sign-in ID

  1. Sign in to Account Management on a web browser.
  2. Select Security from the sidebar.
  3. Click Edit next to Sign-In ID (Email Address).
  4. Enter your new email address and click Save.
  5. You may need to re-enter your password for security reasons.
  6. You will receive an email to your new email address asking you to verify your new sign-in ID. Click the Verify Now button in this email. You will also receive an email to your old email address detailing the change.

Go to Settings > Users and Accounts > Account.

Select Sign-in ID (email address). Enter your new email address and click Save. You may need to re-enter your password.

You’ll receive an email to your new email address asking you to verify your new sign-in ID. Click the Verify Now button in this email. You’ll also receive an email to your old email address detailing the change.

How to transfer all your information to a new ps3

Have you bought a new slim PS3 to replace your old and clunky PS3? If you have, then you probably you are probably wondering, can you transfer data from one PS3 to another. The answer is: yes you can. Without transferring you will lose all of your data from the previous PS3. PS3 has two simple ways of transferring your files—Ethernet Cable or USB.

Ethernet Cable Transfer

1. Update the system software of both PS3s to their latest version.

2. Prepare PS3 to send the data or source system. If there are multiple users on the source PS3, create PlayStation Network account.

3. Connect two PS3s with an Ethernet Cable.

4. Connect both PS3s to a separate TV inputs on the TV.

5. Turn on the PS3s.

6. Go to TV input of the source PS3 (the one that is transferring the files).

7. Check the source PS3 is connected to the Internet. If not, go to “Network Connections” > options > system options > “Data Transfer Utility.”

8. Follow instructions on online data transfer and trophy syncing. Trophies must be synced or you cannot transfer trophy information.

9. Switch the TV to the PS3 getting the files.

10. Go to options > system options > “Data Transfer Utility” > “Transfer Data from the other PS3 System to This System.”

USB Transfer

1. Choose the content to be transferred.

2. Insert USB flash drive into the source PS3.

3. Click the triangle button on the chosen content.

4. Click “Copy” to have the content be automatically copied to the USB flash drive.

5. Turn off the PS3.

6. Insert the USB.

7. Turn on PS3 and XMB bar will appear.

8. Click the triangle button and the “Display all” option.

9. Click the triangle button on the data you want to transfer.

10. Click “Copy.” The data will begin transferring.

These two ways will get your files easily transferred and and you can resume playing Uncharted 3 in no time. If you have difficulties transferring files or would like some professional help, contact TalkLocal. TalkLocal will connect you with the best professionals in your area for free.

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My PS3 just YLOD’d. I’m hoping its just a temporary overheating issue and if I just leave it off and unplugged for the day I can get it back on long enough to eject the game disc and backup the hard drive.

From reading up on the YLOD, it sounds like this a sign that if it’s not dead already it will be dead in the near future; so I’ve resigned myself to just buying a new PS3. My question is this:

Backup my old PS3 hard drive to an external hardrive

Move the old hard drive from my 60gb PS3 (I upgraded the drive to a 640gb drive a while ago) to a PS3 slim. I know that once I insert the drive it will prompt me to reformat the drive; this should be fine since I backed up my data first.

Restore my backup on the new PS3 and get back most of my saved data? I know some games encrypt their save data, so I might be screwed with certain games.

Is this possible?

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Yes, you can backup the drive, assuming you can get it to bootup and run without getting the yellow light. Sony’s User Guide on backing up states:.

  • Saved data from PlayStation®3 format software *1
  • Image files under (Photo)
  • Music files under (Music) *2
  • Video files under (Video) *2
  • Bookmarks added under (Internet Browser)
  • Terms that were added using (Settings) > (System Settings) > [Add/Edit Term], or predictive terms that were “learned” by the on-screen keyboard

Most everything should backup and restore, except copy-protectd game saves, movies, and music.

Your best bet for getting your data to the new system is to transfer the data directly from the old to the new PS3 using an ethernet cable. Again, details in the PS3 User Guide. Unfortunately, both systems have to be functional for this to work. After the transfer, any old backups will no longer work. From the user guide:

If you back up data on a PS3™ system and then transfer data to another PS3™ system using the data transfer utility, copy-prohibited saved data that is included in the backup data cannot be restored on either system.

Unfortunately, you can’t just swap hard drives between systems. According to this thread requesting this feature, it looks like the PS3 encrypts the internal drive with a key that is unique to each physical system. This key can’t be transferred.

My dad set up a PS3 profile for me a while ago on his PS3 with an account he made since I didn’t have my own e-mail address at the time.

Now I have my own PS3 and e-mail address and would like to transfer my old profile onto my own PS3. Since it’s under one of my fathers accounts I’m not sure if I am able to get it.

Are multiple profiles on PS3’s in separate accounts from each other or are they all under the same account on a PS3? If they are all under the same account is there a way to transfer a profile onto a different account?

How to transfer all your information to a new ps3

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Users are a different thing from PSN accounts:

    . .
    Only one user per PS3 can be associated with one PSN account. A second user cannot have the same PSN account. A single user cannot access multiple PSN accounts. https://support.us.playstation.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/348/

There’s also the mess with sub-accounts too. Your description is fairly unclear as to the whole setup you’ve got going on. Multiple users have to have separate accounts if they have accounts associated with them at all. There isn’t a way to merge accounts, but there are ways to transfer and update both accounts and users.

Here are your options, depending upon your situation:

You have an existing PSN account and want to associate it with a new PS3:

Create a new user on your new PS3 and sign in to the existing account.

You have an existing PSN account and want to change the email address:

You are trying to transfer saved data from one PS3 to another:

Save and copy what you can to external storage so you can transfer it straight across. Backing up non-save data is essentially the same as backing up save data. As long as you back-up/sync trophies to PSN, when you sign in on the new system, it will sync those across. For the rest you may have to use the data transfer utility which is fairly involved.

You have no PSN account, but want one:

Go to PSN/Sign up. If the user to transfer the data of in option 3. does not have a psn account, you will need to create one so this would apply during that process.

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PS3 relevant product information

1) Play games from any country

2) Play movies from any country

3) Wake your PS3 up by remote control

4) The secret video reset

5) Install another operating system

6) See how much charge is on your pad

7) Broadcast to your PSP

8) Get game saves off the internet

9) Make free video phone calls.

10) Browse multiple Internet windows

11) Download music and pics (and save them on your hard drive)

12) Upgrade your hard drive

13) Play any video format on PS3

14) Store all your stuff

15) Share your downloads

16) Have a light show

17) Customize your slide shows

18) Hack any password

19) Manage your online cash

20) Force PS3 to show your stuff

21) Get your PS3 game saves onto your PS3

22) Change your album art

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PS3 relevant product information
1) Play games from any country
2) Play movies from any country
3) Wake your PS3 up by remote control
4) The secret video reset
5) Install another operating system
6) See how much charge is on your pad
7) Broadcast to your PSP
8) Get game saves off the internet
9) Make free video phone calls.
10) Browse multiple Internet windows
11) Download music and pics (and save them on your hard drive)
12) Upgrade your hard drive
13) Play any video format on PS3
14) Store all your stuff
15) Share your downloads
16) Have a light show
17) Customize your slide shows
18) Hack any password
19) Manage your online cash
20) Force PS3 to show your stuff
21) Get your PS3 game saves onto your PS3
22) Change your album art

How to transfer all your information to a new ps3

Over the life of your system, there may be a time when it is necessary to back up your PS3 hard drive upgrade (hard drives don’t always last forever). Perhaps you want to backup PS3 games, or just your normal data so you can replace your hard drive.

Maybe you plan on sending in your PS3 for repairs, or it could just be the 200 hours you spent completing those latest PS3 games to 100%. No matter what your reason is, a PS3 backup can be done fairly easily if you know what you are doing.

Before you start, there is one big choice you have to make about what device to use when doing a PS3 backup for your data. You have two options: use an external hard drive or a flash drive.

Using an External PS3 Hard Drive Upgrade

How to transfer all your information to a new ps3

An external PS3 hard drive upgrade will allow you to back up your entire PS3 ([Settings]>[System Settings]>[Backup Utility]>Back Up), but if you don’t have one already it is a large extra investment for something that you will only do once. If you do decide to go this route, the external hard drive will need to be formatted to the Fat32 file system. You can use your computer to format your external hard drive, but it will wipe any existing data you have on the drive.

However, if your external hard drive size is over 32 GB, you will need to use a third-party program to format it to Fat32. To make it simple, you are going to want to start with an external hard drive that is formatted correctly to ensure that your PS3 backup works the first time.

Using a Flash Drive for PS3 Backup

Flash drives are cheap to buy and more useful on a daily basis, but you will not be able to move over any themes, setting preferences,

or sign-in information during a PS3 backup. You also have to copy over files manually and may find yourself going between your PS3 and PC to offload files multiple times if you decide to move your movies or music collection. Do not forget to back up your PS3 games saves, as they contain all the blood, sweat, and tears that you probably do not want to have to relive. Neither PS3 backup option you choose will allow you to copy your game downloads, so those will have to be re-added.

After everything is said and done, you can now rest easier knowing that your data is backed up for your Playstation 3.

What Next?

If you are backing up your data to make a PS3 hard drive upgrade, here is a guide about how to replace the PS3 hard drive. No matter which way you choose to go when doing a PS3 backup, there is a lot you really can do to backup PS3 games that you don’t want to lose. Just make sure that you are comfortable doing it or that you have someone help you that knows how to do a PS3 backup the right way or you run the risk of losing all of those PS3 games that you just beat.