Can you Re-download PSN games after upgrading HDD?

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#1 Posted by jdt532 (4193 posts) -
I'll be upgrading my PS3 HDD in the future but I don't have an external drive big enough to back up all the data on my PS3. I have a 32MB pen drive which I can use to back up individual small files like game saves but I'll have to kiss my PSN and PS1 games goodbye. So my question is can I download those games again after upgrading my HDD without buying them again?
#2 Posted by stuartcee (12846 posts) -

I've read on here that you can. i dont have my ps3 on now but I think its in the store under history or something like that.

#3 Posted by BurningChimaera (1255 posts) -

Yes, you can, but unless I'm mistaken, it's counted as one of your 5 chances for download from the Store, so you can only download it 3 times more after that.

I think it would be better if it were registered with your PS3 system, so it wouldn't be a problem to re-download after a HDD change.

#4 Posted by RahKayne (3436 posts) -

I'll be upgrading my PS3 HDD in the future but I don't have an external drive big enough to back up all the data on my PS3. I have a 32MB pen drive which I can use to back up individual small files like game saves but I'll have to kiss my PSN and PS1 games goodbye. So my question is can I download those games again after upgrading my HDD without buying them again?jdt532

I believe you can redownload 3 times or something like that.

#5 Posted by jdt532 (4193 posts) -

Yes, you can, but unless I'm mistaken, it's counted as one of your 5 chances for download from the Store, so you can only download it 3 times more after that.

I think it would be better if it were registered with your PS3 system, so it wouldn't be a problem to re-download after a HDD change.

BurningChimaera

I guess I'll just have to upgrade to a HDD that's big enough to last awhile. I think I'll get one that's 250GB, that should be enough for awhile but who knows... DMC4 required a large install and now I hear that GT5P will require a 5GB install so if these installs become a norm on the PS3 250GB may not be big enough.

#6 Posted by SageJMP (4210 posts) -

and don't forget, anything that you bought won't be in the normal store page anymore, you got to go to the download list to redownload stuff you bought.

#7 Posted by babystapler (1679 posts) -

In every official Sony statement I've read about it, you can download it on up to 5 SYSTEMS. In addition, you can redownload as many times as you like on each of those 5 systems.

I don't think swapping your hard-drive will make the PSN recognize the PS3 as a different system, but you're fine either way.

#8 Posted by mariokart64fan (19607 posts) -
actually your wrong its like xbox live and wii vc once you pay for it , your psn name is tied to that item ive restored and downloaded gt hd several times
#9 Posted by jdt532 (4193 posts) -

actually your wrong its like xbox live and wii vc once you pay for it , your psn name is tied to that item ive restored and downloaded gt hd several times mariokart64fan

That's awesome, I feel much better about upgrading the HDD now.

#10 Posted by SPD_WeBmAsTaH (2667 posts) -

You can download to only 5 different PS3s but an unlimited amount of times on any of those 5 PS3s. You can also use a USB storage device to transfer all the data from your old PS3 HDD to the new HDD. I don't remember how I did my first one as it was a long time ago but I think you just back up the data on the USB drive and then transfer it to the new HDD. I didn't have any downloadable content on my PS3 before when I did it and nor do I now but I'm not sure if it'll back up your downloaded files as they may be too big for the size of the USB drive you use. Either way, yes you can re-download the files any amount of times to the same PS3 and the other 4 PS3s that you have downloaded to with that same account.

#11 Posted by Dogswithguns (10845 posts) -
Yes, you can... I did twice on 2 diferrent PS3s..... just go to the PS Store and go to your account download history.
#12 Posted by jonnyt61 (2147 posts) -
GTHD is free? If so, it wouldn't matter how many times you deleted it, since you'd always be able to download it again FREE of charge.

However, I would assume items that you must pay for would be attached to your PSN ID, which also means you have a limit of 5 downloads for that PSN account max. This sucks for people who are upgrading their HDD, as it pretty much takes away one of their downloads. I guess they have the limit though, to stop one person, downloading however many copies of it to however many PS3's he can log in on.

An earlier suggestion about tying it to console ID is good, but would disallow the sharing of games between family/friends, so it's an awkward situation...
#13 Posted by nyjetsfan5000 (183 posts) -
yeah, you can download it to five different PS3's. But, if you're just redownloading it, then it doesnt count against you. Do it as often as you want
#14 Posted by blueblur87 (326 posts) -
I heard Gran Turismo (don't know which one) doesn't keep your old saves if you transfer them from a USB stick... I think it might be to do with PSN connectivity and past online records not matching(???). I would really like to know if any other games are affected, like psone games, warhawk, wipeout hd, tekken dr online etc. I may end up doing the full backup procedure if they are affected by this, or if they deduct one of the 5 downloads from my records. I have a 320 gig hard drive waiting to be installed whilst I figure out this problem.
#15 Posted by Aslas_X (2 posts) -
i just restored my ps3 system to make a new network account and i had loads of games downloaded (12) from ps3 store but i cant redownload them from history how do i get them back without remaking my old account??
#16 Posted by BpPomerleau (1 posts) -
i was gonna freak out if u had to pay for the PSN games again i own every console to date except dreamcast is screwed and xbox i have every new system from SNES to nintendo wii except ps1 but back to the main point my xbox 360 elite allows me to redownload any content thats not a rental for free if i hav already purchased it i was goin to say hopfully the PSN follows that same rule and by the way PS3 kicks microsoft A## microsoft makes u pay to play multiplayer while PSN is free and i can modify my ps3 which is already modded with another OS linux its controller is rechargable and 360's is not it has built in wireless and the 360 u have to pay 100 bucks for a wireless adapter GO SONY DRIVE THOSE MICROSOFT CORPORATE D-BAGS BACK WITH UR AWSOMENESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#17 Posted by PvtGump8 (739 posts) -

GTHD is free? If so, it wouldn't matter how many times you deleted it, since you'd always be able to download it again FREE of charge.

However, I would assume items that you must pay for would be attached to your PSN ID, which also means you have a limit of 5 downloads for that PSN account max. This sucks for people who are upgrading their HDD, as it pretty much takes away one of their downloads. I guess they have the limit though, to stop one person, downloading however many copies of it to however many PS3's he can log in on.

An earlier suggestion about tying it to console ID is good, but would disallow the sharing of games between family/friends, so it's an awkward situation...jonnyt61

You can redownload it as many times as you want.

#18 Posted by Mandarkan (1 posts) -
Wait, how can you download it on another ps3? Last time I tried I couldn't connect to my account on another profile because the only option instead of "Sign In" was "Create a new PSN account".
#19 Posted by needadispenser (21 posts) -
yes, you can DL as many times as you want, on up to 5 ps3's
#20 Posted by jcopp72 (5341 posts) -
yes, just go to the store and it will show that you have purchased it then you can redownload from there.
#21 Posted by Falladayne (1 posts) -
Ya, if u downloaded it from the playstation store, then just find that game in the store, and it will say "game already purchased" and u can download. IDK about disk games.
#22 Posted by CheekyIchi (713 posts) -

I believe so.

#23 Posted by wooooode (16665 posts) -
I just backed up my HDD to a portable drive inserted the new drive and reinstalled everything. It was alot faster than redownloading stuff.If you have a drive with room I would suggest that.