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I'm looking for the easiest way to upgrade my ps3 hdd from 160 to my new 320GB. I don't want to have to manually transfer files. Is there a way that I can clone the 160gb drive to my new 320GB drive and pick up from where I left off as if nothing had happened after installing the new 320GB HDD?

I'm sure there is a step-by-step instructions for doing this out there somewhere but I didn't find anything.
   
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Nope, there is no way to do this. Already called SONY after being in the same situation that you were in. The HDD gets "registered" to the Playstation, meaning that the Playstation will only read this hard drive unless a reformat is done on the new one. You will have to copy over any files that you want from your old HDD to either an external FAT32 drive, or a flash drive. Then install the new hard drive, format it, then copy your files from your external drive back onto the new hard drive.
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There is no way to manually copy the files, you have to make a backup using the PS3 backup function, then, using a PC, format the new HDD to FAT32, then swap them out, and restore the backup onto the new HDD.
     
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There is no way to manually copy the files, you have to make a backup using the PS3 backup function, then, using a PC, format the new HDD to FAT32, then swap them out, and restore the backup onto the new HDD.

That backup method might work. Will that save all game data, game saves, and downloaded games, avatars, backgrounds, themes, etc...? If so, I have a 64GB USB Flash drive that I could use to store the backup on until I install the new 320GB HDD. Then restore the backup from the USB drive after the PS3 reformat the new HDD and gets it up to date correct?
   
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It will backup everything APART from trophies, which you can sync to the server and then restore, so you should be safe.
     
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I think that is the way I will do it then.

On another thought, If I had 2 PS3s same model. Could I install the new HDD into mine and install the original 160GB HDD from my ps3 into the other ps3. Then after my ps3 does its thing with formatting and installing everything on the new 320GB HDD. Could I then connect the two PS3s via an ethernet cable and transfer the stuff that I want to keep off the old 160GB HDD to my PS3 with the new 320GB HDD?
   
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Yes, but it doesn't have to be the same model number, it can be a Phat and Slim, or both Phat or both Slim
     
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Yes, but it doesn't have to be the same model number, it can be a Phat and Slim, or both Phat or both Slim

Well, the two I will be using are the same model slim 160GB PS3.

So does everyone think this will be the easiest way to do it?
   
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post #9 of 11
To my knowledge, it is the only way, unless you go into the Custom FirmWare world, that opens lots of opportunities for things like this, but you need to be on v3.55, which most people are not nowa days
     
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I think that is the way I will do it then.

On another thought, If I had 2 PS3s same model. Could I install the new HDD into mine and install the original 160GB HDD from my ps3 into the other ps3. Then after my ps3 does its thing with formatting and installing everything on the new 320GB HDD. Could I then connect the two PS3s via an ethernet cable and transfer the stuff that I want to keep off the old 160GB HDD to my PS3 with the new 320GB HDD?

PS3 hdd are sign with the current console until it is reformatted, so the option of putting the 160gb hdd into your other ps3 won't work, only way to backup is with the ps3 backup tool, which take forever, but it do work, it backup everything but the trophies. I did this when upgrading my 80gb to 1TB hdd.biggrin.gif
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