Sony PlayStation 3 is at the center of most home entertainment system these days, apart from high-def gaming, it is also capable of playing Blu-Ray movies for the pure audio and video bliss unlike any other gaming console. Today we will be discussing one of the important aspect of a PlayStation 3 System, which is backup. By the way what is the last time you backed up your PS3?
It is very important that you perform a full PS3 system backup monthly or along with new firmware update and regular game save backups at intervals depending on how much you play on it. Imagine a scenario in which your PS3 HDD goes kaput for reasons alien to you or your PS3 firmware gets corrupt while upgrading firmware, so it is always advised to be on the safer side by saving full PS3 System backup at a separate place for emergency situations.
How to Backup PS3
Full Backup of PS3 System on an external storage media
FAT32 formatted hard drive – I used this HP formatting utility to format a 232GB HDD. For my 120GB PS3 Slim it required 77GB free space.
Steps to Backup PS3
To create a full PS3 system backup including games saves and system settings, follow the steps given below
Backing up Selective Game Saves on PS3 (Manual Backup)
You can save game files of the games that you are currently playing on a external USB HDD or Pendrive one by one. Follow these steps :
Restoration of Backups (Full System Restore and Game Save Restore)
For full system backup restore go to XMB Menu –> Settings –> System Settings –> Restore PS3 System –> Select backup from HDD –> Restore
For game save restore go to XMB Menu –> Game –> Saved Data Utility –> Select Game save from HDD –> Copy –> Press Triangle –> Copy on PS3
How to Backup PS3 Trophies
For many gamers PlayStation trophies are real precious, however Sony does not allow local backup of trophies instead they encourage gamers to Sync Trophies with their servers which infact is a better way of backing up trophies but when changing systems or changing hard drives you should keep in mind the following before proceeding as a wrong Sync could easily result in missing trophies.
Before changing hard drive, Sync your trophies with the server, when on new hard drive restore the full backup and then the first thing you should do is to Sync back trophies from online server to your PS3 after signing in to your PSN account. This Sync should be done before playing any games as the new trophies will create new sync information which could mess up with older information previously saved online.
So how often do you backup your PS3?
If you have any questions, let me know in comments.
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