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What all gets backed up on a system backup?

#1WhatTheDeuce92Posted 6/23/2013 4:32:08 PM
Hey everyone. My PS3 stopped working a week ago. It's not YLOD yet, but it shuts off by itself and I'm left with a blinking red light.

So here's the thing. The backup process for PS3 takes a little while. For mine, it's about an hour and a half to two hours. My PS3 isn't staying on long enough to fully complete the backup (the closest I got was 92%, then it shut off). I've tried using the hair dryer method three times now to get my PS3 running long enough for it to backup, but no such luck.

However, I did have some time to use my PS3 before it would shut off each time. So what I did was transfer all of my PS1/PS2 save data back on to their respective memory cards (since I'll probably need a new PS3, which means I'll have to sacrifice backwards compatibility), and then copied each item in the Save Data Utility folder individually to my external harddrive. Well, all of them that would copy, four of them were copyright protected (The Walking Dead, Assassin's Creed II, Rock Band 2, and Street Fighter IV), but I know I wouldn't get those in backup either.

So my question is what else gets backed up during the backup process? Copying each save individually took like 10-20 minutes maybe, if that. That's a hell of a lot shorter than the 90 minutes it tells me it needs to back up my system when I go for it. I'm just not sure what else I'm really losing by not doing the system backup, because now I have my saves on my external harddrive, which I can copy onto a new PS3. I know things like downloaded games are tied to my PSN account, which again I know I can just access on a new PS3.

So...what else is there? Thanks.
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#2EoinPosted 6/23/2013 4:40:36 PM
Everything, basically. All photos, music, video files, games, save files and install files are backed up.
#3WhatTheDeuce92(Topic Creator)Posted 6/23/2013 4:52:47 PM
Eoin posted...
Everything, basically. All photos, music, video files, games, save files and install files are backed up.


Don't have any photos on there. All music I have is also on my external harddrive. Don't have any video files, aside from one movie I bought from the store, which I thought I read somewhere can only be downloaded onto one system anyway. I thought games can be re-downloaded off your account. Got my saves files. Install files I guess I can just get again by re-installing a game.

So I guess the question is, if I get a new system and just copy my save files (and music or anything else I have) onto it, am I really losing a whole lot? I feel like I should just get a slim since they break less rather than getting my fat PS3 fixed and have it break again sometime down the road. Only reason I was trying to fix mine is to back up my stuff, but if I more or less have everything I need (as in, just all my save files), am I good on not doing a full system backup?
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#4EoinPosted 6/23/2013 5:00:42 PM
You're correct that the movie is pretty much lost anyway.

You're also correct that games can be re-downloaded.

That means you're not losing a whole lot - essentially nothing that you can't get back, except a few copy-protected saves which can't be restored onto a new PS3 anyway (if you really care, a Plus subscription will handle that - upload to the cloud, download to new PS3).
#5WhatTheDeuce92(Topic Creator)Posted 6/23/2013 5:11:02 PM
Yeah I know about the PS+ option, I'm not subscribed though and never planned on it (even though it looks like you HAVE to for PS4...). So, wasn't gonna do that.

All right then, so basically I shouldn't be losing anything very important with a new system then? Great!
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#6jmtstanPosted 6/23/2013 6:49:27 PM
if you have good internet connection, you can redownload those stuff again. but you have to update those game's patch when you launch them.

as for the game save, some has protection, but since you're gonna use it on the same psn account, it won't matter, can just backup all the save onto USB drive.

one thing I notice on the PS+ cloud save, some when I try to upload it display in grey text, instead of white, which i cannot checked on its box.
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