So my old fat PS3 died. Got a new slim PS3 (not the super slim!)
I figured it would be simple enough to take my old HDD out of the dead PS3, (which suffered the infamous YLOD), and slap it into the new PS3!
However...it tells me the versions are not compatible or some such and suggests that I reformat the drive.
Now...the whole reason I am switching drives is so that I don't lose all my saved games. Reformatting is thus not a good answer.
My thought was I could put in the old drive...then sign up for playstation plus which as I understand it lets you back up your games...then store my saved games on the cloud, then install the new (much larger) HDD that came with the PS3 slim and pull down my saved games.
But the fact that the new PS3 won't run with my current HDD is throwing a bit of wrench in the works. The new PS3 says it needs system version 4.3 or later. I'm not entirely sure what version my old fat PS3 had but it was current as a month or so ago.
Any ideas on what I can try? One glimmer of hope is that it said the system partition needed to be reformatted...as though it would leave the 'all your shit' partition undamaged. However that is generally not what happens when one reformats a drive so perhaps they are simly using misleading terminology.
From playing around with a friends PS3, if I try to put the HDD for an older version inside a PS3 that has been updated to a newer version, it seems to complain bitterly. I was hoping putting an updated HDD Into a stock from the factory PS3 wouldn't have this issue.
Perhaps I need to update my new PS3 to more recent, but not the most recent, firmware?