So I've completely hit my ceiling in terms of storage space on my 60gb PS3, and I'd like to put a bigger hard drive in there to get some more space, but I'm really worried about my save games. When my last ps3 broke I tried transferring some save files onto the new system by putting them on my flash drive, but I wasn't capable of copying half the files, and some of the ones I could had weird restrictions, like in FF13, where I was able to move the file, and load the file, but I couldn't save it after playing. So my question is, is there any way to transfer all of my saves onto my bigger replaced hard drive without some dumb restrictions? I'd just like some confirmation from somebody who knows before I spend my money.
I did this exact thing a few years ago, upgraded from a 60 GB to a 500 GB. What we did was partition a drive an external drive, threw everything on that, put in the new one and then transfer that data onto the new drive. If I remember correctly, some saves just won't work and you will loose them no matter what so maybe google search what saves won't transfer onto a new HD. Maybe purchase a month of PS+ and use their cloud for your saves, that should work.
If you use the built in backup function in the systems menu you should be able to copy everything to an external drive, even saves that are usually copy-protected. Just make sure that the transfer drive is formatted in the same way and you should be fine. Here is a video that walks you through the steps, it's a little old but seeing as you're using the same console as the video you should be fine.
Couple ways to go about it. You could do the cloud saves, which allows you to copy protected saves (I did this for my good ol' 60 when it finally bit the dust to save those saves). Or if you use the actual backup tool that is on the PS3, it will copy your protected saves. The thing about the tool is that A) you need somewhere to put the backup (like an external drive) and B) it takes for-god-damn-ever to do. for a 60 gig between saving to the external and then transferring back you're literally looking at a good 4 - 6 hours overall. I shudder to think how long my 320gb would take. (currently about half full).
Just delete game data (installed games and patches) and digital games before backing up so you only have game saves copying over.
I would only do this if you have limited space on the backup drive or know you're never ever ever going to play those games again. Downloading patches/games and installing game data again will take longer than just backing it up and restoring.