Backing Up my PS3 data NEED HELP I AM ****ed off

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#1 jakndaxter7223
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I need a new ps3 and so I must back up my data in order to keep my saves and such. So I get a MAXTOR 500 GB external Hard drive, because that is apparently a what one needs to back up ps3 data (21 GB to be exact) so I plug the thing in with the power on and the usb in the ps3, and it can't find the external hard drive. WHAT THE ****!?!? How do I get the damn ps3 to read the damn external hard drive???? Thanks for your help.
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#2 NightMareMK
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Your External HDD may be NTFS and the PS3 does not support NTFS. You Need to change your HDD to FAT32
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#3 americahellyeah
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Your External HDD may be NTFS and the PS3 does not support NTFS. You Need to change your HDD to FAT32NightMareMK

word, nice first post.

Also if your HDD has a partition you'll need to join the cores and format FAT32.

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#4 ktrotter11
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[QUOTE="NightMareMK"]Your External HDD may be NTFS and the PS3 does not support NTFS. You Need to change your HDD to FAT32americahellyeah

word, nice first post.

Also if your HDD has a partition you'll need to join the cores and format FAT32.

believe dat!!

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#5 jakndaxter7223
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How do I convert to FAt32??
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#6 jmper4
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How do I convert to FAt32??jakndaxter7223

Plug it into a computer, format and select FAT32.

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#7 jakndaxter7223
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^^ You just over simplified it. I can't find anything that says FAT32 or how to format ANYTHING
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#8 kenshinhimura16
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Do you have Windows XP? Cause that crappy system for some reason (teh conspiracy :P) doesnt allow units bigger than 30 or 40 to be turned into Fat 32, but as Im a generous man (actually I went through the same a couple of weeks ago) I found this tutorial to change the format to Fat32 :D

http://www.ridgecrop.demon.co.uk/index.htm?fat32format.htm

Follow it step by step, I mean it.

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#9 jmper4
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1) Plug it into a computer

2) Go to "My Computer"

3) Right click and select "Format"

4) Select FAT32 in menu

5) Wait as it formats, if it is 500GB then partition and make dinner for tonight lol

Also to partition look at the post above me.

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#10 jakndaxter7223
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Thanks for the info, but I go to my computer, find the External HD and then right click and click format. The little window comes up and I click on what type of file I want it converted to and in only says NTSF or whatever it is...there is no FAT32
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#11 jmper4
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FAT32 size can only go so high. You will need to follow the link the above poster has. You will have to partition the drive into smaller amounts to allow for the format to work with FAT32.
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#12 Miguel16
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u should have just got a usb key and saved all game saves. A system backup is really not necessary. Would save you time and money.
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#13 jakndaxter7223
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^^ what is a usb key?
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#14 jmper4
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^^ what is a usb key?jakndaxter7223

A flash memory drive, thumb drive....all different names for basically the same thing.

They are already formated as FAT32.

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#15 jakndaxter7223
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Ya I tried doing that for my save files, and I wanted to for the entire system, but I needed 21 GB!
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#16 Miguel16
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lke a mini usb drive. The only data that you really need to salvage would be game saves. For that you could have just got a mini usb drive with like 1gb of space or something. Put the game saves on the drive and then when you get the new system, put them back. Any games you;ve downloaded and videos can be downloaded and installed again at a later date. Just a way for you to save money. And itd be much easier for you to format to FAT32

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#17 jakndaxter7223
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Okay well I did that for all of my MGS 4 saves and such. But I am really worried about my PS ID. I don't want to lose that. So will I have to create a new one once I get my new PS3 or can I keep the old one with all of my friend lists?
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#18 jmper4
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Ya I tried doing that for my save files, and I wanted to for the entire system, but I needed 21 GB!jakndaxter7223

Really the only backup you need is game saves and files you put on the PS3 yourself.

Game data will just be re-written when you reinstall the game.

If you are doing this because you are getting a new PS3 or having one fixed you will still get to keep you psn id.

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Okay well I did that for all of my MGS 4 saves and such. But I am really worried about my PS ID. I don't want to lose that. So will I have to create a new one once I get my new PS3 or can I keep the old one with all of my friend lists?jakndaxter7223

Just log back in.. Should copy the friends over. Thats the whole point of a log in system.

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#20 Miguel16
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Okay well I did that for all of my MGS 4 saves and such. But I am really worried about my PS ID. I don't want to lose that. So will I have to create a new one once I get my new PS3 or can I keep the old one with all of my friend lists?jakndaxter7223

when you get the new console. Go to the psn tab, choose sign up for psn id or watever it says, and itll have the option to use an id you already have. If you remember your email you used and the password just login or yyou can just create a new password if you forgot it.

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#21 CHEATINMEXICAN
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Your ID, and all of your updates are saved on the system. The HDD only manages Media.