Originally Posted by mccormackc
I am new to all this as well, But after reading your post I thought i would post a reply.
I am unsure about the E3 Limited Edtion and 2 HDD`s, But when i did my downgrade I backed my PS3 up first and Synced my account, As i knew i would have to Format the Harddrive at some point, Once i had done the Downgrade I restored my backup after creating an account profile the same name as i had before i downgraded.
Regarding PSN network, Yes you are correct you will need to update to the lastest CFW to beable to access the PSN Network, as for Lowering the risk of a ban, you must understand that with CFW any CFW there will always be a risk of getting a ban on you account, but that is something you have to accept with using CFW, I must say I have been playing online with my CFW and up till now nothing has happened, I always load the game VIa multiman before signin into the PSN network, touch wood I will be ok but I accept that I may get flagged oneday and / or a Ban.
If you PS3 is a Nor then the E3 will be fine but you could also use a Progskeet 1.0 / 1.1 if you can find one or a Teensy 2.0 which is what i used.
Hope this helps you a little.
So you got an external HDD and made a backup of your PS3 on the storage device you used then you did everything you needed to do to downgrade to 3.55 and back to newest firmware with cfw then just installed the backup and it didn't change the firmware or anything? Also thanks for replying.