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Guide: PS3 Backup Tool Reloaded - NO 99% ERRORS!

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296w ago - OK, do you remember the OLD PS3 Backup Tool? I've updated it, and now you can successfully write mixed backups on your PS3.

The new method mixes not all parts like before, but only half. Doing so, the PS3 recognizes the backup and restore, not only the "Integral" part, but even the part (50%) you added.

So the new formula is:

archive.dat + archive_XX.dat = INJECTOR
archive2.dat + archive2_XX.dat = DATA TO WRITE

You need the INJECTOR to begin the Write process. If you don't add Archive2.dat to your backup the PS3 writes the INJECTOR only. You need to create yourself the INJECTOR, in fact, it's unique for backups. If you have an old INJECTOR you can use it.

Here's a video demonstrating the process, with a guide below:

== HOW TO ==

1) Switch on your PS3
2) Go to Settings -> System Settings -> Backup
3) Connect a USB Drive or a Memory Stick to PS3
4) Select it in Backup utility
5) Make a Backup
6) Copy it to your Desktop
7) Delete backup from the USB Device or Memory Stick
8) Connect it to the PS3
9) Delete something in your PS3 (To make backup smaller)
10) Backup again and copy the 2nd backup to your desktop
11) Delete backup from the USB Device or Memory Stick

Now you have 2 different backups on your desktop.

1) Copy archive2.dat and archive2_00.dat from the bigger backup to the smaller one (see picture below).

2) Copy the Mixed (Bigger + Smaller) backup to a USB Drive or Memory Stick in:


(XXXXXXXXXXXX is the number of your backup)

3) Restore the Mixed backup from your PS3 (Go to Settings -> System Settings -> Backup -> Restore)

4) Once restore is complete, your PS3 has the files from the two Backup in HDD.

That means the PS3 writes files in the HDD, even if the backup is mixed with another. That can be useful in further hacking when you need to write a file in a directory, for example the Game directory.

100% Working (Giulio19992)

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#69 - ballerbiggi - 296w ago
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Why Backup if you can't playback?

#68 - travis134 - 296w ago
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Is this confirmed working on version 2.80?

#67 - Giulio19992 - 296w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by evilsperm View Post
I do like the idea of trying a backup off a dev unit. can hacked123 or any other people on here with a dev unit make a backup for us to try?

Dev Unit doesn't have the Backup Utility.

#66 - sephiroth25 - 296w ago
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it does not work on my PS3 (60Gb PAL).

#65 - evilsperm - 296w ago
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I do like the idea of trying a backup off a dev unit. can hacked123 or any other people on here with a dev unit make a backup for us to try?

#64 - Giulio19992 - 296w ago
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I Tried with a Backup of an other console and I have the same result of aries2k6. I'm testing with swap now.

#63 - aries2k6 - 296w ago
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Hi Giulio,
1st I want to say I'm impressed that you didn't give up and stuck with it.
Although I don't think this is going to get the result we want, you can never know for sure until you try.
When you posted this the last time, I realized you could mix up files from different backups but I didn't know you could mix backups from different consoles. that part is interesting.
So I try it and mixed a backup from a ps3 with 1 user(small backup) and a ps3 with 2 users. the backup did go to 100% but the hdd still had to rebuild the database. I'm not sure if it does that all the time when restoring a backup.
I ended up with all 3 users on the ps3. Videos and music copied over. I also had my ps3 game saves for the different users.
No ps2, ps1 saves or vmcs were copied. No game demos or game data including updates was copied The ps2 systemdata also didnt copy over.
I'll try a few more times to see if I can get anything else to copy over. Maybe download some BD-live content and see if that copys.
Guilio, have you been able to copy any game data or demos?

@longhornx, no. you can't just rename a .pkg to a backup file. that won't work but it would be interesting if we could restore .pkg that are already on the ps3 for people that cant get on PSN.

#62 - longhornx - 296w ago
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with this method can I rename a pkg file to archive2_00.dat and restore on my ps3??

#61 - Giulio19992 - 296w ago
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Thanks all for support.

I recived emails and links for many backups. I'll try them today just wait some time. I remember you that I'm in Italy so i'm in a different time zone. Now it's 10:53. Start Working!

Quote Originally Posted by semitope View Post

Thats the backup i made. Interesting point about the registering issue, i was wondering about that as well. Might as well try with a bought game... Maybe an owner is only needed to install the game (decrypt/extract the pkg) and having the files installed in a backup already bypasses that.

I'm trying your first


1 Test:

Without following the formula I've mixed 2 Backup from the Smaller to the Bigger. And it (off course) didn't worked.

2 Test:

I've mixed with only part of the formula and i got a Mixed PS3, PSN in English and the rest in Italian


Your Backup is too smaller

To Everyone:

Make a Backup of more than 50 MB. Becouse I have to check the formula Bigger to Smaller and with these Backup you sent to me i can't

#60 - Aeonin - 296w ago
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Is there anyway to compare two backups?

Say, two people purchase the same something off of PSN (after format), and then compare the two backups?

I would assume that the user id is in the backup itself, as you don't have to be online to play whatever you purchased. But perhaps I'm wrong.


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