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