Upgrading PS3 HDD
I have a 500GB 7200rpm hard drive that I want to put into my PS3 instead of the 120GB hard drive. I have custom firmware 3.55, some backup managers, a few games installed, profiles, saves, demos, that sort of stuff. I know there is a backup feature, but I don't know how it works exactly. What I was wondering is if by doing that, I will be able to keep my profile since I don't want to go online to get it, and what about CFW? Will it just delete it?
If it doesn't, is there a way to just make an exact copy of my current HDD to the new one, while expanding the space?
(Offtopic question:) Does anybody know why internal PS3 HDDs can support games with file types over 3GB? Are they not FAT32? Or is the PS3 able to read them after it splits them?
PS: The HDD is out my laptop.
tl;dr: I have full games, profiles, and CFW 3.55 on my PS3, is it possible to upgrade the HDD and not loose any of that? Without going online to retrieve the profile?
Use the backup function. You'll need an external drive as big or bigger then your internal to complete the process. It will save your profile, game saves, homebrew, etc. Just got done doing this myself.
the reason is usb fat32 cannot take files over 4gb...
fat32 internal is not usb based...so it can take files over 4gb
Oh, thanks, I just wanted to make sure it kept my profile.
Originally Posted by chesh
Im in the same situation as the OP. Im ready to upgrade my hdd also. Would this be the right step?
3.55 cfw -> ofw -> backup -> install new HDD -> restore -> install 3.55 cfw?
the ps3 filesystem is UFS2
Originally Posted by Adiiox
According to Wikipedia :
Full name UNIX file system
Directory contents table
Max file size 2^73 bytes (8 ZB)
Max filename length 255 bytes
Max volume size 2^73 bytes (8 ZB)
In UFS2, Kirk McKusick and Poul-Henning Kamp extended the FreeBSD FFS and UFS layers to add 64-bit block pointers (allowing volumes to grow up to 8 zettabytes), variable-sized blocks (similar to extents), extended flag fields, additional 'birthtime' stamps, extended attribute support and POSIX1.e ACLs. UFS2 became the default UFS version starting with FreeBSD 5.0. FreeBSD also introduced soft updates and the ability to make file system snapshots for both UFS1 and UFS2. These have since been ported to NetBSD, but eventually soft updates (called soft dependencies in NetBSD) was removed from NetBSD 6.0 in favor of the less complex file system journaling mechanism called WAPBL (also referred as logging), which was added to FFS in NetBSD 5.0. OpenBSD has supported soft updates since version 2.9  and limited UFS2 support (no ACLs and probably other changes) since version 4.2 . Since FreeBSD 7.0, UFS also supports filesystem journaling using the gjournal GEOM provider. FreeBSD 9.0 adds support for lightweight journalling on top of softupdates(SU+J), which greatly reduces and need for background fsck, and uses NFS-style ACLs by default.
The PlayStation 3 game console uses UFS2 on HDD. The PlayStation 2 HDD used UFS as well.
( source Wikipedia )
Is going back to OFW even necessary? I'm about to go through this process (still deciding on a HDD), and I assumed we could just use the backup function while using CFW. Glad I checked this thread if that's not the case.
Originally Posted by Cao