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How to backup/restore your PS3 trophies

   However, that would not be practical but somewhat dangerous. Geohotz
   succeeded in jailbreaking PS3, gaining full access over its hardware
   and thus its filesystem. Thus, it was just a matter of time until
   someone wrote an application which would access the filesystem.

   multiMAN has a file manager and someone can do many things with it.
   However in this article not only multiMAN willbe used. Before I go into
   details I will tell you what you need:

     * 1 PS3 console (either slim or fat) with custom firmware installed
       (jailbroken), connect to your LAN (wired or wireless connection)
     * Blackbox FTP server for PS3 (found in this
       link: [1]
     * multiMAN (found in this
     * 1 PC with FileZilla client installed (found in this
       link: also connected to your LAN.
       FileZilla client is available for Windows, Linux and MacOS X. You
       can use any other ftp client but the instructions here are for
     * 1 usb drive formatted in FAT32 (format can be achieved with
       fat32format found at:


   The plan is simple: set up an ftp server on PS3, access the PS3
   remotely from your PC via ftp, navigate to where trophies are stored,
   copy them to your PC. To restore use the same procedure but instead of
   copying from PS3, you copy to PS3. One would ask: why is this so
   difficult that a guide has to be written?

   My initial goal was to backup the trophies and everything else, change
   the hard disk of my PS3 and restore everything back. Sony has created a
   wonderful utility that backs everything up except for the trophies but
   I needed the trophies. However, I could not have them because that
   would mean I would have to update to an official firmware in order to
   access Sony’s servers. Updating would mean I would have to abandon the
   linux possibility on my PS3, a feature which drove me to buy a PS3
   instead of an XBOX360. So I had to follow unofficial channels (guides)
   and came across some difficulties such as finding a good ftp client for
   windows and restoring the trophies. Hence, I wrote this guide with the
   hope others won’t loose the time that I lost (though I gained some

1. Preparing PS3

   1.1 After you download Blackbox, you need to unzip/unrar it in a usb
   drive. After this a file with the extension of “pkg” should be in the
   root folder of the usb drive, in my case
   “UP0001-BB0011111_00-0000111122223333.pkg” (see highligted file in the
   following Picture). The usb drive can be either flash or magnetic. In
   both cases it should be formatted in FAT32.

   1.2 After Windows Vista, Microsoft removed the option to format a
   magnetic hard drive in FAT32 from the options of its built-in utility.
   Nevertheless, flash drives can be formatted, so if you use a flash
   drive got to 1.4. Otherwise continue reading about fat32format. It’s
   usage is simple but it can be used only from the command line. So, get
   fat32format from the link, extract the fat32format.exe into the C:\.
   Now click Start and on Windows Vista/7 type cmd, enter. If you use
   Windows 2000/XP, click run and type cmd and then enter. In both cases,
   a command promt will emerge. Change you directory to C:\ by typing “cd
   c:\” and enter (see Picture 2).

   Changing directory to C:"

   1.3 Now, you need to know the letter that corresponds to your usb
   drive. If you open the Computer window you will see it next to the
   drive’s label, for example PS3 (E:). In my case it was E, so type in
   the command prompt the command “fat32format.exe e:”. When it is done
   you will see a picture like the following. Entering the “dir” command
   will verify that the disk is empty.

   Formatting in FAT32

   1.5 The IP address of the PS3 should be known in section 2. In this
   article, I assumed PS3 connected to a LAN, so the DHCP server of your
   LAN will have assigned an IP address to it. To find what that is, in
   your PS3 navigate to Settings->System Settings->System Information. In
   my LAN, it was

   1.4 One last step for the PS3 to be ready. Connect the usb drive to one
   of the PS3′s usb ports and navigate to Games -> Install Package Files.
   PS3 will read the usb drive and its contents and you will see the much
   needed “UP0001-BB0011111_00-0000111122223333.pkg”. Press cross (X) and
   install it. In will appear in you installed applications
   (Games->Playstation3) as “blackb0x FTP v1.2″. Press cross (X) again to
   start the ftp server. When blackbox starts a screen with red fonts and
   black background will be displayed in your TV/monitor and the only
   thing you can do is quit by pressing cross (X). So leave your PS3 in
   that state and sit in front of your computer…

   blackb0x screen. Curtesy of CanadianContent web site.

2. Preparing your PC and start the transfer

   2.1 I assume you have downloaded and installed FileZilla client. Open
   the program and you will see the window divided in several sections. In
   the “Local Site” section, navigate to the location in your hard drive
   where you want your trophies stored. In my case, in was
   “C:\Users\Tassos\Downloads\PS3_backup\”. In the top section, in the
   Host field enter the IP address of your PS3, in the Port enter 21 and
   hit Quickconnect. As soon as Windows detects ftp traffic, Windows
   firewall will ask you for your permission which you must provide. Under
   Quickconnect, there is a frame which will displays details of the
   success of the connection process. A message like should appear if
   everything went OK. If you have trouble, check the last section of this
   article for suggestions.

   2.2 In the “Remote Site” section, you need to navigate to
   “/dev_hdd0/home//”, mine was “/dev_hdd0/home/00000001″. In there, there
   is a folder named “trophy”. Right-click it and hit Download. The folder
   and all of its contents will start being copied to your hard drive. You
   can see the progress in the Queued files section, at the bottom of the
   FileZilla client window. If you notice a few Failed transfers, just
   select them and queue the again. If you notice a lot of Failed
   transfers, there is something wrong with your network. Personally, I
   did not notice a single failed transfer, everything went smoothly.
   Depending on your LAN bandwidth and the number of trophies it will take
   some time. It took me around 5 minutes for 7 game trophies over a
   wireless LAN connection. I estimate no more than 10 minutes for most

3. How to restore the backup you made

   3.1 To restore your backup you follow the reverse procedure, which
   unfortunately is not exactly the same. The reason is the software. What
   I mean is that blackbox has some bug and you cannot copy a folder with
   its sub-folders unless it’s already there. To be more specific let’s
   assume that you have a folder named folder1 and in it there is a folder
   named folder2 and a file named file1. Inside folder2 there is a file
   named file2. The above is shown graphically below:

   Folder Example

   In order to copy folder1 and its contents, there has to be exactly the
   same folder structure on PS3. Otherwise it fails. This is clearly a bug
   and I believe it is being fixed, so hopefully in the future there won’t
   be an issue. One way to bypass this is to manually create the directory
   structure on ps3 folder /dev_hdd0/home//trophies. It is our last resort
   until this bug is fixed, but one can do something else: use the ftp
   server that multiMAN offers. Unfortunately, multiMAN has another bug
   and files with paths longer than 43 characters (or something like that)
   cannot be copied either. Looks like we are at a dead end. Not quiet!
   Why not use both?

   Run multiMAN on PS3 and its ftp server will start automatically. Open
   FileZilla, connect with username “anonymous” and password
   “[5]” and navigate to the folders where the data
   transfer will take place. Instead of the remote site, in the local site
   right click on the trophies folder and hit Upload. Most files will be
   uploaded except for some (in my case almost half), that will fail.
   However the directory structure is short enough and will be created!
   When all possible transfers are completed quit multiMAN on PS3 and run
   blackbox. On FileZilla, the previous ftp session will have been
   terminated because of quitting multiMAN, so click Quickconnect and
   choose to open the new session in the same tab. Click on the “Failed
   transfers” tab and then right-click anywhere there and choose to reset
   and re-queue all failed transfers. This time all the files that were
   not copied before, will be copied now.

   3.2 PS3 has the files but they are not yet visible because XMB’s
   database doesn’t contain them. To rebuild the database put your console
   in Recovery mode following this
   . Then choose “4. Rebuild Database”. As soon as PS3 restarts, go to
   trophies and verify that they are there. That’s it!

4. Troubles?

   The most common source of trouble will certainly be the ftp file
   transfer procedure. 99% firewall will be blocking it or talking in
   network terminology, you problem will be in the application layer of
   the OSI model. Always make sure that your firewall has a rule to allow
   incoming/outgoing connections to your LAN for the ftp protocol (that is
   ports 20 & 21).

   As far as I know the ftp server running on PS3 does not have firewall
   so don’t bother looking into that direction. FTP file transfer can also
   stop if there is not enough space on the destination drive, that is
   your PC hard disk.

   I used multiMAN 2.03 and blackb0x 1.2 and I achieved 100% backup and
   restore of my trophies. Hopefully in the future someone will write a
   PS3 application that will do precisely that. Finally, I would like to
   thank user Admin of the gamerhacks forum for his short but informative

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