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I have a 80 GB Playstation 3 and the memory has ran out. I purchased an HP external hard drive with 1 terabyte. I have formatted it with FAT32 and plugged it into my system, which recognized it. It copied some of my pictures but wouldn't copy the game data. I would click onto the hard drive icon on the ps3 and it would say there is no data. I am at wits end and ran out of options. Can you please help me!!??

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When replacing a hard drive in a PS3, the easiest way to transfer your game data from one drive to another is to use a USB Flash drive. If you are only concerned with the save game data, you can plug it in while using the hard drive that has your save files, go to Game on the XMB, then Game Saves, and select the save data you wish to copy. Press triangle and select copy. This method doesn't work for all games though, because some games will "lock" your save data but there is a way around this.

Instead of manually copying your save files, you can backup your data to the flash drive under the Settings on the XMB, then go down to System Settings > Backup Utility. This will try to backup everything on your PS3, so it is best to have manually transferred as many of the other types of files (music, pictures, videos) off the first hard drive as possible. This means more space will be available for Game saves and Game Data. If you aren't too concerned with reinstalling game data on the new drive, i would suggest deleting these from the first hard drive as well, as they take up much more space and make the back-up process take considerably longer.

Once the Backup Utility finishes, you may swap in the new hard drive and restore the data from your flash drive. Restore is in the Backup Utility menu.

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  • Asedoti87 Mar 14, 2011

    I understand the process but I'm having problem with finding the saved data on the hard drive. I save the games by pressing triangle and copying it over. But when I click on the hard drive symbol it says there is nothing there. Am I doing something wrong?

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