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[PS3™ system] Updated 05/06/2013

Certain models of the PlayStation 3 are compatible with PlayStation® and PlayStation®2 games. With the Memory Card Adaptor for PlayStation®3, you can transfer game save information from PlayStation® and PlayStation®2 Memory Cards to the PlayStation 3 system's hard disk drive (HDD). You may choose to copy individual files or copy the entire contents of the Memory Card onto the PlayStation 3.
Click here to learn which models are backwards compatible with PlayStation and PlayStation 2 games.

Copying individual files to the PlayStation 3


  1. Plug the Memory Card Adaptor into one of the USB slots on the PlayStation 3.

  2. Insert a Memory Card (8MB) (for PlayStation®2) or PlayStation® Memory Card into the Memory Card Adaptor.

  3. Go to Game icon (Game) > [Memory Card Utility (PS/PS2)] and press the X button icon button.
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  4. An icon will appear on your screen to represent the Memory Card that is inserted into the Memory Card Adaptor. It will be labeled either [Memory Card (PS2)] or [Memory Card (PS)] depending on the type of card is inserted into the adaptor.
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  5. Select the card icon and then press the X button icon button to view the saved game data on the memory card. Select the save game data that you wish to copy and press the Triangle button icon button and you will be given the options [Copy], [Delete], and [Information]. Select [Copy] and press the X button icon button.
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  6. Next choose the Internal Memory Card where the saved game data will be copied. Highlight the name of the card from the list and press the X button icon button to copy the data to the Internal Memory Card. Press the O button icon button when the copy process has been completed.
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    If you wish to create a new Internal Memory Card to save the data to, then choose "New Internal Memory Card" and press the X button icon button. You may choose to rename the new Internal Memory Card by highlighting the name field and pressing the X button icon button. Once complete, highlight "OK" and press the X button icon button to finalize the creation of the Internal Memory Card. Then choose your newly created Internal Memory Card and press the X button icon button to copy the saved game data to it.

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Copying an entire Memory Card to the PlayStation 3

  1. Plug the Memory Card Adaptor into one of the USB slots on the PlayStation 3.

  2. Insert a Memory Card (8MB) (for PlayStation®2) or PlayStation® Memory Card into the Memory Card Adaptor.

  3. In the XMB™ home menu, go to Game icon (Game) > [Memory Card Utility (PS/PS2)] and press the X button icon button.
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  4. An icon will appear on your screen to represent the Memory Card that is inserted into the Memory Card Adaptor. It will be labeled either [Memory Card (PS2)] or [Memory Card (PS)] depending on the type of card is inserted into the adaptor.
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  5. Select the card icon and then press the Triangle button icon button to view the options [Copy] and [Information]. Select [Copy] and press the X button icon button to begin copying the Memory Card's contents onto the PlayStation 3's hard disk drive.
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  6. You will see a message on the screen that reads:

    "The saved data on the selected memory card will be copied to the hard disk. Do you want to continue?"

    Leave the cursor on the word [Yes] and press the X button icon button to continue.
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  7. The next screen will show the name that will be assigned to the Internal Memory Card that you're about to create. The name will be [Internal Memory Card] and may or may not be followed by a number.
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    To change this to a custom name you can move the cursor onto the words [Internal Memory Card] and then press the X button icon button to view the on-screen keyboard. Enter the preferred name and then press the Start button to return to the previous screen.
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    To advance from the naming screen you must move the cursor onto the word [OK] and then press the X button icon button.

  8. At this point the contents of your memory card will be copied onto the PlayStation 3 system's HDD. A yellow bar will appear to show you the progress of the copying operation.
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    IMPORTANT: Do not turn off the PlayStation 3 or remove the memory card or the Memory Card Adaptor until the process is completed.

  9. When the copy has been completed you will see the following message on your screen:

    "To use the Internal memory card you must assign it to a slot. To assign a slot, select the Internal memory card from (Memory Card Utility) and then assign a slot from the options menu."

    You must press the O button icon button to exit this screen.
    NOTE: The options menu that is mentioned in this message is viewed by pressing the Triangle button icon button while viewing an Internal memory card in the XMB home menu under Game icon (Game) > [Memory Card Utility (PS/PS2)]
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  10. You are done. The copied contents of your physical memory card now reside on one of the PlayStation 3 system's Internal Memory Cards.

    The content of the Internal Memory Cards can be viewed in the XMB home menu under Game icon (Game) > [Memory Card Utility (PS/PS2)].
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