Is there a way to back-up your saved games on the PS3 in case they are overwritten?

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To back up the save from a particular game there is an easier way than backing up your entire hard drive. Just use a thumb drive in the USB slot, and go to the "Saved Data Utility (PS3)" item in the PS3 menu (it's above "Trophy Collection"). Then select a save file and press triangle, then select copy. You should see the thumb drive listed as a destination.

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    This doesn't work for protected saves. A list of games which used save protection can be found here: community.eu.playstation.com/t5/… Commented May 5, 2011 at 2:58
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    Protected games should be storable on the PSN+ cloud storage service - of course, as the PSN is down at the moment, this is probably a moot point :)
    – soulBit
    Commented May 5, 2011 at 12:07
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    Is there anyway to backup up all saves (besides the full system backup) or do you have to select each file and save it? Commented Oct 3, 2011 at 2:41
  • @JamesMcMahon: as far as I can tell, you have to do it one at a time, or do a full system backup
    – Kip
    Commented Oct 3, 2011 at 18:30

Also, saved game backup is one of the features included w/ subscribing to PlayStation Plus

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    +1. This is the only way to backup protected saves. Commented May 5, 2011 at 3:00
  • I didn't know this, I might have to reconsider not getting Playstation Plus, do you know if they are restorable on a different PS3?
    – SSH This
    Commented Feb 15, 2013 at 23:01

Yes, you can back up your PS3 data to an external hard drive. Watch the following video to show you how to do it from the system menu.

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    This also does not work for protected saves (or other protected content, for that matter). See the link I posted to Kip's answer. Commented May 5, 2011 at 2:59
  • To be clear, this does backup protected saves, but they may only be restored on the same PS3.
    – Kip
    Commented Oct 3, 2011 at 18:32

Be aware that backing up saved games to a USB thumb drive, and potentially to an external hard drive, doesn't always guarantee saving all of the associated data-- games with online components, like Rock Band, can restrict the ability of a user to backup the data associated with the saved content. I found out about Rock Band's issue the hard way...


If you use the full PS3 backup it appears to back up protected game's saves also as I have Dragon Age Origins and after upgrading my PS3 hard drive this weekend I still have the game data. It's possible that having the Dragon Age Complete collection that was released is unprotected making my anecdotal evidence invalid.

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    The Backup Utility does backup protected save games, but you can only restore them to the same PS3. Commented Jun 20, 2011 at 5:41

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