How to Back up your PS3 and Error Code 800283E1

So it’s been almost a year and a half since my PS3 died, and I just have this strange feeling it’s getting ready to kick the bucket again. The 60GB (original model) PS3 is a fragile little beast. He’s already died three times while in my possession. I probably could do a better job at cleaning him, but that’s not the point of this post…

Thinking I may be close to a point where the little guy will keel over, I’m trying to be a little more proactive with my p-r-e-c-i-o-u-s save data. The whole reason I’m trying to keep the 60GB alive is that it’s the only model that works on all PS1, PS2, and PS3 games. This is a very compelling thing, and one that Sony wishes you didn’t know about. It doesn’t want you playing old games on its system, it wants you to buy them again through PSN…. No Sony! I want to be able to play the games I’ve already purchased! *grumble* *grumble* Anyway…

PS3 has the ability to do a system backup to USB; not the greatest solution, wish you could run it automatically or run it over the network, but it’s better than nothing. In the event of your PS3 dying, you can restore “most” of your content back to the system (all DLC must be redownloaded).

So cool, there’s a way to backup your data, but..what if it doesn’t work? Well, that’s been exactly my problem. It’s never worked. I have tried on three separate occasions to do this and all have failed with the dread error: “The backup operation could not be completed. 800283E1”. In the past, Google didn’t back me up much and provided no solution to get past the problem. Today, however, I finally found the solution (well there may be many).

When performing a backup on your PS3 if you get one of these errors, try to do the following:

* PS3’s backup target must be a USB drive and it must be on a FAT32 file system. That is, you will need to reformat your drive or add a partition that is FAT32 format. If you have no clue what I just said, a simple Google query should be all you need to do. There are plenty of guides out there that will explain it. If you’re familiar with this, SwissKnife no longer works for Windows 7; I recommend “MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition”. It’s free, it’s very easy, and it works.

* Go to System Settings -> Backup Utility -> Backup. If you have a valid target, you should be able to choose a USB device to backup to (obviously make sure the backup drive will be able to contain the data on your PS3). If you don’t see this option, you did something wrong! Go figure it out!

* Try to initiate the backup. If you’re lucky it’ll just work and there’s nothing else you need to do (except wait…). Yay!

* If you’re not and you got an error, here are some tips on how to fix it (pulled from

=> Unplug all USB devices other than your backup harddrive (did not work for me)

=> Unplug your Ethernet connection / turn off wireless (this is what did the trick for me!)

=> Delete a few GB of data (maybe downloaded games) that you could part with (didn’t try)

=> Maybe there’s a non-critical file system corruption on your PS3. Enter rescue mode (Google to find out how), and do a file system scan / restore. (didn’t need to try)

If you’re still having errors, well…sorry! If you have any other suggestions on how to get past the error, post in the comments.

To prevent old model PS3s from overheating and melting the motherboard (this is how YLOD happens), I highly, highly, highly recommend buying a cooling fan to plug into your USB port (mine seems to have let mine live for 1.5 years) and make sure it is “well” ventilated. Look for something that is made for the phat style PS3s (newer model PS3s don’t have overheating problems). Something like this. That one is kind of expensive, but look around.

Happy backuping!

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9 Responses to How to Back up your PS3 and Error Code 800283E1

  1. Vasya says:

    I had same problem with 800283E1 error.
    For solving it I made several things.

    1. I made sure i have enough free space on my HDD with FAT32 file system. It was only 60GB free space on my external HDD. I thought it would be not enough for backing up all my data (my PS3 is 80GB) When I cleaned it up, there was about 300GB of free space.

    2. I followed advice about disconnecting ethernet cable and all of the USB devices except HDD.

    Sorry for my poor English 🙂

  2. Man, you saved me hehe
    Disconnecting the ethernet cable made it work for me! Many thanks and excellent hints 😉

  3. Joan says:

    => Unplug your Ethernet connection / turn off wireless (this is what did the trick for me!)

    After two hours deleting files and games… just to make it possible for me to do the back up, I was thinking to throw my hd through the window when i found your post.
    Thank you 😀

  4. Ryan says:

    Thanks man, I came here with that error number and your tip about turning off the network connection is what got my backup working again!

  5. BD27 says:

    Was having some trouble backing up my PS3, then found your article. Turning off network connection did the trick for me, thanks very much!

  6. Sam says:

    Wow disconnecting the internet worked, now backing it up. Thanks for the tip

  7. Adonis says:

    This article was very helpful and solved my problem.
    I thought it was because my drive was usb 3.0 but it really doesn’t matter.
    Thanks again!

  8. Usamimi Monorail says:

    Hell, all it took was an unplug of the ethernet cable… Thank so much!

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