Technique: Hard Drive Restore

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  • Author: hex337
  • Difficulty: Easy

The Sony PlayStation 3 can serve as a pretty decent media server for your home theater set up, but the original 60 gig model lacks the space to become a full blown media server. This guide will go through the steps of backing up the current hard drive, installing the new hard drive, and restoring your old settings (so that you don't lose those precious trophies and saved games).

Edit Step 1 Hard Drive Restore  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Hard Drive Restore  ¶ 

  • When you power up, the PS3 will have to format the new hard drive.

    • You may see a message similar to the following, 'The system software cannot be run correctly...Insert storage media that contains update data of version 4.11 or later, and then press the START and SELECT buttons at the same time...'.

    • If you are trying to restore a backup to your new hard drive, and, after following the steps from the previous message, you receive an error message similar to the following, 'The data is corrupted (8002F225)', then you may need to grab the latest PS3 System Software Update from before the system will be able to format the new drive.

  • Hit 'X' and continue until the formatting is complete.

  • Once the formatting is done, go to the 'Settings' XMB option and select 'System Settings' then go to 'System Information'

    • You should now see the storage capacity of your new hard drive.

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  • Now, if you want to restore all of your saved game info, connect your USB hard drive that you used to do the back up on.

  • Go to the 'Settings' XMB menu, select 'System Settings' and then go to 'Backup Utility'

  • Select 'Restore' and then select the USB device that should have your backed up data on it.

    • You should only have one backup to choose from.

    • The PS3 will reformat the hard drive and copy the backup, this can take up to 2 hours.

  • Congrats, now you have a PS3 with a HUGE amount of space.

For more information, check out the PlayStation 3 device page.

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i power my ps3 up after installing new hard drive, and the screen says that "no applicable update data was found. Connect storage media that contains update data of version 3.66 or later, and then press START and SELECT buttons at the same time"

where do i go next? i have all my previous data backed up on a WD 500GB usb hard drive.

what should i do next?

Neil Phillips, · Reply

Did you create the HD backup using the PS3?


did you ever get that issue fixed?? If so what did you do?? Mine is saying the same exact thing but it is version 4.66......

Stacy Anderson,

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