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When my first PS3 died I restored a back up and for some reason I lost all the internal memory card data for PS1/2 games. However, I restored the data on a different PS3 (with the same log in).

Are PS1/2 game saves not backed up at all, or are they only backed up for your specific PS3 or something? The warning when backing up says some items will only be restored on your own PS3 (or something like that).

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The warning refers to copy-protected data, which does include PSX and PS2 save data. The full list of restricted data (i.e., stuff that will not be backed up) courtesy of Sony's knowledgebase article on the utility:

The following copy-protected content will not be transferable:

  • Digital Right Management (DRM)
  • PlayStation® format software game data
  • PlayStation®2 format software game data
  • PlayStation®3 format software Game Save Data flagged as unexportable
  • Trophy data, trophy data is saved onto your Sony Entertainment Network account

Note these restrictions don't seem to apply if you're just replacing the hard drive (something I do often and haven't had problems with PSX saves or unexportable PS3 games): it only seems to apply when replacing the entire console.

Another knowledgebase article enumerates what types of data can be exported:

Some types of backed up data can be restored on another PS3™ system. The types of data that can be restored on another system are as follows:

  • Saved data from PlayStation®3 format software*1
  • Saved data for minigames ("minis")
  • Saved data for PSP™ Game software
  • Image files under (Photo)
  • Music files under (Music)*2
  • Video files under (Video)*2
  • Bookmarks added under (Internet Browser)
  • Terms that were added using (Settings) > (System Settings) > [Add/Edit Term], or predictive terms that were "learned" by the on-screen keyboard

*1 Copy-protected data cannot be restored. Also, saved data that has been restored may not be usable in some games.
*2 Does not include copyright-protected data.

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Arg. They're such jerks about this stuff, and it's so insanely frustrating to back this stuff up...thanks for the infos. –  Ben Brocka May 20 '12 at 1:37
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I just wanted to confirm that if you are restoring onto the same PS3, then everything does restore properly, including PS1/PS2 saves. I've just done it and I can't be more confident with this answer.

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Ah, that's good to know then. Still risky if the PS3 goes bad of course –  Ben Brocka Jul 7 '12 at 3:40
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