How to Transfer Data From PC to PS3

Written by nick miles
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Every PlayStation 3 comes standard with a hard drive. Capacity ranges from 20GB to 250GB, but every PS3 has the ability to store movies, music, photos and game data directly onto its hard drive. This also opens up the ability to transfer data from your PC to your PS3. You can put movies onto your PS3 to watch on your big-screen TV or transfer music to play in another room.

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Things you need

  • External hard drive
  • USB cable

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  1. 1

    Connect the external hard drive to your PC via the USB cable.

  2. 2

    Transfer whatever files you wish to put onto your PS3 onto the external hard drive. You can put anything from movies to music to photos and game data.

  3. 3

    Safely remove the external hard drive from your PC. In the task tray in the bottom right corner of the Windows task bar you will find an icon that reads "Safely Remove Hardware." Open that up and disconnect the external hard drive. It will now be safe to unplug it.

  4. 4

    Connect the external hard drive to your PS3 via the USB cable. You will now see that the external hard drive will be listed under the Games, Movies, Music, and Photos menus.

  5. 5

    Copy the files from the external hard drive to your PS3. Depending on what you are transferring, you will need to go to the correct menu. For example, if you are copying a movie, then go the "Movies" menu, highlight the external hard drive, press "Triangle" on the controller, and select "Display All." A list of all the movies on the hard drive will be populated. Press "Triangle" on whichever movies you want to transfer, select "Copy" and the movie will be copied to your PS3 hard drive. Music will be listed under the external hard drive in the "Music" menu, photos will be in the "Photos" menu, and game data will be under "Games."

Tips and warnings

  • Be sure you have enough space on your PS3 hard drive before copying more data. Data will not transfer over if there is not enough space.
  • Some file types or copyrighted material may not play on the PS3.
  • Do not disconnect the hard drive while data is being transferred as this may cause damage or loss of data. Always be sure to safely remove hardware.

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