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Do i need two hard drives when upgrading my PS3?

#1STN79Posted 1/17/2013 5:20:47 PM
Am i going to need one for the back up utility and another for extra space? Couldn't i just back everything up on an external and then use that one in the PS3?
#2inkatchiPosted 1/17/2013 6:23:40 PM
I also wanna know this.
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#3stalepie29Posted 1/17/2013 6:41:02 PM
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#4stalepie29Posted 1/17/2013 6:50:06 PM
http://manuals.playstation.net/document/en/ps3/current/settings/backuputility.html

http://manuals.playstation.net/document/en/ps3/current/settings/transferutility.html

Saves can usually be copied over to flash drives or external hard drives. Some are copy-protected to prevent cheaters. All saves can be uploading to PS+, a subscription service and then downloaded back onto your new drive. Games bought from the store have to be downloaded again. Movies I think are one-time purchases.
#5OmegaDL50Posted 1/17/2013 6:51:00 PM(edited)
The Data Transfer Utility in the System Settings which will transfer everything from an old HDD to a new one. This even transfers copy protected content too.
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#6OmegaDL50Posted 1/17/2013 6:52:47 PM
Well some, copy protected content. Mostly limited to saves. stalepie is correct in regards to movies and certain content being untransferable.
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#7Crimson SkysPosted 1/17/2013 6:53:15 PM
Can't you just connect the PS3's together directly?
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#8STN79(Topic Creator)Posted 1/17/2013 11:06:46 PM
I got the new hard drive and i wanna use it for my back up. Once the PS3 is backed up can't i take out the original drive and replace it with the back up i just made? Seems like i could. Rather than needing to buy two separate drives which would cost alot more.
#9GoodOlWanduPosted 1/17/2013 11:12:40 PM
STN79 posted...
I got the new hard drive and i wanna use it for my back up. Once the PS3 is backed up can't i take out the original drive and replace it with the back up i just made? Seems like i could. Rather than needing to buy two separate drives which would cost alot more.


You have to backup to an external hard drive because the ps3 always re-formats the new hard drive that gets installed.
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#10STN79(Topic Creator)Posted 1/17/2013 11:18:54 PM
Oh well that makes sense. Good thing i only need 160 gigs worth for my external back up. This is my first time doing this so sorry if this was a stupid question.