Updated 23 September 2015

Back up the PlayStation 3 Hard Disk Drive (HDD)

This article explains the different available methods for backing up your PlayStation 3 data.


How do I back up to the PlayStation®Plus online storage space?

How do I back up data using the Back-Up facility?

  • To back up HDD data to a USB mass storage device, access the XMB Menu and choose Settings > [System Setting] > [Backup Utility], then follow the on-screen instructions.

Note: Before backing up HDD data to a USB mass storage device, ensure the device has sufficient free space available.

How do I back up selected data?

  • Select the file you want to save, press the  (Triangle button), then choose either [Copy] or [Move].
  • For some types of video file, you may need to select [Back Up] instead.

Note: Most file types saved to the HDD (including most game save data as well as video, music or photo files) can be copied or moved to an external mass storage device. Some file types, however, cannot be saved or copied because they are protected under copyright laws.