My beloved 60GB "Fat" PS3 has kicked, after many years of faithful service. I'm trying to figure out how to replace it with minimal hassle and without losing anything from the hard drive. Google search turns up conflicting advice. Long-ish explanation follows.
So here's the situation:
- PS3 is my beloved 60GB "Fat", into which I'd installed a 250GB drive. It died during use, now only powers on to blinking red light and no video out. I disassembled it to recover the hard drive and the disc in the optical drive. (I broke the warranty seal in the process, which means Sony won't repair it for their flat rate, according to their FAQ, so that's not an option.) I'd love to get back up and running for $200ish or less and without losing my data.
- Miraculously, a month or two ago, I did make a backup of the system to an external USB hard drive using the built-in Backup Utility. This is lucky since I have a ton of PSN stuff downloaded (games, DLC including hundreds of Rock Band songs, etc) and redownloading everything manually would really suck. My trophies have been synced relatively recently too, although trophies are not a big deal to me.
- However some people are saying backing up your system using the Backup Utility doesn't back up save games? That you have to back them up manually using the Save Game Utility? This seems crazy to me. I do not have Playstation Plus so no dice as far as cloud backups.
- I know the PS4 is right on the horizon, but I have a fair bit invested in games & accessories for the PS3 so I'm not in a big hurry to start over.
THUSLY, I'm weighing a couple options:
A. Pick up a used "Fat" 20GB or 60GB PS3 off eBay or similar. I'd be great to not lose the backward compatibility with PS1 and PS2 games (which was dropped on later models), although this isn't a total dealbreaker either way. Downside is, I have the absolute worst luck with eBay and used stuff in general. It seems like a years-old unit is not going to have a great lifespan... plus I'm wary of buying a system that's already died once, been "re-flowed" by some cheapo fix-it shop, then put up for sale as "working".
B. Pick up a new "Slim" model, most likely the cheap 12GB one
, and install that 250GB drive from my dead PS3 in it.
So I guess my questions are:
my save games backed up to my external drive, if I just used the "Backup Utility" and never explicitly backed up the save games using "Save Game Utility"?
2. If they're not, will installing the internal drive from my old PS3 into my new PS3 "just work" without reformatting it and then restoring from the backup? Will it matter if the new one is the same model or not?
3. If I can't install that HD into the new system without the new system reformatting it, is there any way I can get in there and copy or back up the Save Games from it before
I install it in the new system?
4. Anything I'm overlooking or other advice?
THANK YOU in advance.