How to Transfer Game Saves on a PS1 Memory Card to a PC

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How to Transfer Game Saves on a PS1 Memory Card to a PC
A USB drive can help transfer game saves from PS1 to a PC. (usb flash drive image by Bosko Martinovic from

The original PlayStation was released in 1995 and since then gamers have been logging countless hours of game saves onto their memory cards. Unfortunately, memory cards don't last forever. Rather than running the risk of having fans lose those games forever, Sony implemented a feature in 2006 with the release of the PlayStation 3. The ability to copy games from a PS1 memory card to a PS3 and then to a PC gives gamers the peace of mind that their games are safely backed up.

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Things you need

  • USB drive
  • PS1/PS2 Memory Card Adapter
  • PS3 system

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  1. 1

    Attach the PS1/PS2 Memory Card Adapter to the PS3 system and insert the PS1 memory card into the adaptor.

  2. 2

    Navigate to the "Game" section and select "Memory Card Utility." Open the USB drive and transfer the saved PS1 games to the PS3 virtual memory card.

    To create a PS3 virtual memory card open the "Memory Card Utility" and select "New Internal Memory Card." Choose the option to create a new PlayStation (PS) card.

  3. 3

    Insert the USB device into the PS3 system.

  4. 4

    Navigate to the "Game" section and select the "Memory Card Manager" option. Open the PlayStation (PS) virtual memory card and select the saved games you want to transfer.

  5. 5

    Press "Triangle" and select "Copy."

  6. 6

    Select the USB device and press "X" to transfer the saved games to the USB device.

  7. 7

    Insert the USB device into the computer and open the folder containing the saved games.

  8. 8

    Transfer the games from the USB device into a folder on the PC.

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