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I have a lot of savegames in Dragon Age 2 on my PS3. Because the HDD was just 80gb and new ones are pretty cheap, I just bought a new one. I changed the HDD and am able to run Dragon Age 2 just fine.

The problem is, I am now unable to load any of my older saves. I copied them using the PS3 Save Game utility from XMB.

What can I do?

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  • It is the same physical PS3. Does changing the HDD change the system guid? – buddybubble Sep 16 '14 at 15:09
  • According to the second answer of the linked question, no. – Jonathan Drapeau Sep 16 '14 at 15:15
  • You would have to put back the old HDD, back it up, put the new one in and restore the backup. – Jonathan Drapeau Sep 16 '14 at 15:17
  • How do I do that? I used the "Saved Data Utility" from XMB, is that not enough? – buddybubble Sep 16 '14 at 15:30
  • This might help you – Jonathan Drapeau Sep 16 '14 at 15:40
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The only way to do this with a single PS3 is to backup your saves onto media outside of the PS3. If Dragon Age 2 allows it, you could save them on a USB stick, swap the hard drives, and then copy them back over.

If the saves are encrypted, or won't allow you to transfer them onto a USB, your only option is to use PS Plus. Back up the saves to the cloud, swap the hard drives, and download the saves.

If you're using the same PS3, it's that easy. If you're moving the saves onto a different PS3, I believe uploading the saves to PS Plus will also get around that. You'll need to log into PSN in order for that to work, though. Using USB won't, though; savegames tend to be "signed" to the profile they were created with, and the system as well. So things get tricky if PS Plus isn't an option.

  • What do you mean by backup saves? I copied mine to an external hdd using the "Saved data utility" from XMB – buddybubble Sep 16 '14 at 15:29
  • With a PS+ subscription, you can backup most saves to the cloud, even if they won't allow you to copy them to USB. External HDDs will also work; so long as the saves allow it, anyways. – Frank Sep 16 '14 at 15:30
  • Well I dont have a PS+ subscription and don't plan on having one.. – buddybubble Sep 16 '14 at 15:31
  • What you're doing will do the trick, as long as both the saves allow it, and your PS3 doesn't die. Backing up and restoring saves onto the same PS3 is easy with unencrypted saves. It gets a bit more complicated with encrypted saves, and really complicated when you're transferring them between PS3s. – Frank Sep 16 '14 at 15:38

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