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Apr 06 2013
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PS3 not reading external hard drive.

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hey so i got a 500 gig passport and i am tring to transfer stuff onto my ps3,

 

YES i have formated it to FAT32.

YES i have put folders on the drive with the different names.

YES i have tried doing only 32gig size portions.

when i plug it in it powers up but the ps3 doesnt list it as connected. 

 

i have tried pretty much everything.

 

i used swiss knife, guiformat and administrative tools to try and format the device. trust me formating should not be the issue...

any other help would be greatly appricated.

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Re: PS3 not reading external hard drive.

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Did you ever transfer files FROM the PS3 to it before? Not really sure, but the WD Passport SHOULD show up in the PS3 XMB somewhere as a usb device and then hit then triangle then copy. Also, it has to have the password removed from it before you try to hook it up. Some sites say that the Passport Essential is the only one that works tho.

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Erase the partition table not just the file format....

MBR format not GTP...

 

If you allready did that connect a USB hub as a buffer can get Roege USB HDD to show. 

If that fails

Then buy a <$6 Sata/IDE HDD enclosure of Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/BestDealUSA-High-speed-Storage-External-Enclosure/dp/B008281T9S/ref=sr_1_3?s=p...

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and strip the other HDD from old enclosure.....

and connect that to the PS3... 

 

 

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Apr 7, 2013
no this is the first time trying to plug it in, everywhere i look i cant find the passport, even if i go to backup the ps3 with it plugged in, it doesn't detect any device. What do you mean remove the password from it?
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Apr 7, 2013
what do you mean erase the partition table and not just of format?
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likeA_Boss wrote:
no this is the first time trying to plug it in, everywhere i look i cant find the passport, even if i go to backup the ps3 with it plugged in, it doesn't detect any device. What do you mean remove the password from it?

If it's a model thas has Smatware and VCD Manager on it, then it has a password. This is what protects the encrypted data and why the PS3 can't see it most likely.

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likeA_Boss wrote:
what do you mean erase the partition table and not just of format?

 

In the Software to Format HDD there should be an option to delete the partition table and create a new one. Do so....

 

 

 

 

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Apr 8, 2013

there is no password protection on the device. and i have tried deleting the extra partion, and leaving it as blank space, also fat32 space, but no luck..

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Apr 8, 2013

was having issues with my portable external not detecting but powering on, bought a y-shape usb cable and all problems where fixed

 

this is what I bought

 

http://www.amazon.ca/eForCity-Micro-B-USB-Cable-Black/dp/B005M0ICG2

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Apr 11, 2013
ill give that a try
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