IF YOU HAVE 3.56 OR HIGHER, YOU"RE OUT OF LUCK ...for now. Prerequisites: A PS3 with a firmware of 3.55 or lower Willing to sacrifice access to PSN (muiltiplayer) Access to the internet Unarchiver program: WinRAR 7-Zip Recommended: An external hard drive A flash drive Files: Original Firmware 3.55 Kmeaw Custom Firmware (Patch Only) If 3.41, you have the option of Hermes CFW but my recommendation is to just update to 3.55. Hermes Custom Firmware The games you own are your property and you have the right to create a legal backup. (Of course, not every person is going to do this) DISCLAIMER: First, you must understand the risks that come from modifying your PS3. There is a slight possibility of legal trouble (even though the odds are near to none) and it is possible to brick your PS3. I am in no way responsible for the outcome of the procedure so be cautioned. If you use common sense and don't take any stupid risks, it should work out fine. Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, let's get started. Part I: It's decision time, which custom firmware (CFW) do you want to install on your PS3? I would just stay to Kmeaw's CFW. There's also Geohot's CFW, Wutangrza, etc. Not to advertise but Kmeaw has the most functionality from any CFW and is probably the easiest to install. You can also find a prepatched CFW(no need to modify it) which I can't post here for legal reasons but you can just google it. This tutorial will be using Kmeaw but feel free to use others even though I don't recommend it. (Stay away from Waninkoko's CFW V1 at all costs) Make sure to have 3.55. If you don't, just update from a lower version from install from USB Device option o XMB (Under Settings, find "System Update", choose "update Via Storage Media". YOU CANNOT DOWNGRADE FROM 3.56 OR 3.60. If you decide to patch Kmeaw manually to the OFW: Download the bsdiff file which is in the "Kmeaw CFW" file at top.(open it up in WinRar or 7-zip and drag it to a folder) into a folder stored somewhere on your computer. For your convenience, just put the orginal firmware and the patchfile from Kmeaw in the root (meaning not in folders) of the C drive. Keep PS3UPDAT.PUP, patchfile, and bspatch.exe in the same folder. Open Command Prompt which is Accessories -> Command Prompt in the Start Menu or press (Windows) key and "R" at the same time and type cmd then press enter. Navigate to where you stored using the cd command to open folders. "cd C:\PathOfBspatch.exe". For me, it would be "cd C:\Users\YourUsername\Downloads", then I type "bspatch.exe". Afterwards, type "bspatch PS3UPDAT.PUP whatever.PUP patchfile". (Just copy that line into command prompt, select that command in quotations and right-click on the blackscreen and press paste) It should start patching. At the end, go back to the folder in explorer and rename whatever.PUP to PS3UPDAT.PUP You now have a modified firmware! Or find a prepatched one: (Hint: Google "Kmeaw prepatched") Part II: Make sure your device uses FAT32 as the filesystem. For most flash drives, this shouldn't be a problem. If you're using an external hard drive, make sure it's FAT32 by right-clicking on it in "My Computer" and pressing "Properties". Note: Formatting your flash device will cause the data to be deleted. Partitioning your external hard drive will work for you can have multiple drives with different filesystems and you can keep a partition for your PS3 and other stuff (I have a partition for my Wii, PS3, Linux EXT4 for Ubuntu, swap space, and NTFS). My external HDD is 1TB so about 250GB for each partition. Go find a different tutorial about this. If it's not, go to Command Prompt using the method mentioned before and type "format : /FS:FAT32". It should look like this, "format E: /FS:FAT32". Confirm. Copy the PS3UPDAT.PUP file to "E:/PS3/UPDATE/PS3UPDAT.PUP" Where it says E:\, that's the drive I use to flash drive (external hard drive works too), you might have a different drive letter. Go to My Computer and click on your flash drive. Create a New Folder called PS3, then another called UPDATE inside of that folder. Copy your PS3UPDAT.PUP inside of that folder. Once the CFW is in the correct path, unplug your storage device and plug it into the PS3 Under Settings, find "System Update" and then choose "update Via Storage Media. Select System Update and it should prompt you to install the CFW. Just accept. If that fails, you might have to boot into recovery mode. Recovery Mode: 1. Make sure your PS3 is off 2. Hold power button down. When you first press it, it'll make a "beep" noise. Continue holding it until it beeps two more times. It should take about 15 seconds so be patient. 3. Hold power button again and wait for three beeps. 4. Connect your PS3 controller to the console via the cable that came with it (Any MicroUSB Cable will do). 5. Follow Instructions. 6. System Update, Update from USB. Select System Update and it should prompt you to install the CFW. Just accept. Part III. Now, that the dirty work is done. Doesn't look much different, right? Wrong, your PS3 is now homebrew-enabled. Google "PS3 Homebrew" if you want to try them out. This tutorial is specifically about backups so that's the only thing I'm covering. There are many backup managers but I'm going to focus on Muiltiman. In my opinion, Muiltiman is the most functional but there are other good ones. Muiltiman 2.00.03, you might want to check for newer versions. Muiltiman Copy the .pkg files inside the root of your flash device. Copy "multiMAN ver 2.00.01 BASE (20110513_220000).pkg" and the last game file within another archive. Plug your device into the PS3. Under the game tab, go to the "Install Package File" and select Muiltiman. After installation, go to Muiltiman under the main menu and accept the EULA. You now have a fully functional backup launcher. You also need this file to run the backups. Put it in the root of your device and install it just like Muiltiman BDEMU v2 (Needed to play games) Version 2 allows you to play split games. BDEMU v1 (for lower versions.) PART IV: Check it out, look at the settings and controls. Get familar with the interface, maybe change the theme. This task if so easy, there's no use in explaining it. There is an option to backup your games from the Blu-Ray drives. You might want to check that out. My suggestion is if you don't want to backup the game, to start a backup and then cancelling it as this will give you the path in your (internal or external) hard drive. Most games will work on both external and internal but some will only work on one or the other. Games containing files larger than 4GB cannot be stored on external due to FAT32 filesystem's limitation. You can use muiltiman or another FTP application to transfer the file through FTP. You can also split the file and transfer it though external hard drive. To transfer a game from your computer to your external hard drive. You must make a folder called GAMEZ in the root. Then copy your game inside another folder named as the GAMEID. The GAMEID is a code used to label each game. You can google them. ("looks like BLUS30127") Split4G: Split4G This Windows application will split your files so you can transfer them to Muiltiman. The path to store the split files is /GAMEZ/GAMEID. The GAMEID is a code used to label each game. You can google them. ("looks like BLUS30127") You can also directly transfer a game to the PS3 internal hard drive. You can use a protocol called FTP. Muiltiman comes with a FTP manager already so you can use that. You need a FTP client such as Filezilla (Google it). For muiltiman, the creditionals are "anonymous" and there is no password. There should be a IP address(looks like "10.0.0.9") in muiltiman. Just drag and drop the files into "GAMEZ/GAMEID" on your internal hard drive. Part V You should now have at least one game. You must have a game in your PS3 to do this. In Muiltiman, select a game and press "X". You will be returned to XMB. Check the game and it should be different than the game within the Blu-Ray drive. You can now select it and play. Happy Hacking!