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Connecting a 1TB external harddrive to PS3.

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When I connect my external to my ps3 it doesn't show up at all. I was reading around the site and the best solution I have been able to find is to format my drive to a FAT32 format. But my computer only will change it to exFAT. Would that work just as well? Also if there is an easier way to do this please let me know.

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Apr 9, 2011

Is there any way to do it without having to download something?

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Not if you are running Win-blows. Windows limits FAT32 hard drive partitions to 32GB. Anything larger and you cannot format FAT32. This is an artificial limit imposed by the evil empire, as the FAT32 file system actually supports partitions up to 2TB in size. And yes, I have tried a 2TB HDD on my PS3 and it did work.

I normally run Linux and I have no trouble formatting any size drive to whatever file system I want.

The application suggested above should work. If you are leary about downloading something from an unknown source, most HDD makers also offer free utilities for formatting, so you could try the support site for the HDD you have.

Other software frequently suggested are fat32formatter and the newer fat32formatterGUI version, and GParted (my favorite, although probably overly complex for someone not familiar with partition management).


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No there is not. Have virus makers got you gun shy in regards to downloads? It is a safe download. Are you locked down from installing software? As the previous poster indicated unless you are running Linux or even OSX for that matter you must use an additional program to format under Windows.

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GeekGod wrote:

Not if you are running Win-blows. Windows limits FAT32 hard drive partitions to 32GB. Anything larger and you cannot format FAT32. This is an artificial limit imposed by the evil empire, as the FAT32 file system actually supports partitions up to 2TB in size. And yes, I have tried a 2TB HDD on my PS3 and it did work.

I think there's a good reason for that limit. People might be wondering why files on their external HDD seem to take up large amounts of space, or why they can't have files larger than 4 GB. The PS3 has not kept pace though, and adopt a more modern file system for external drives. Ironically, the Xbox 360 supports Mac HFS+ partitions, but they won't read on a Windows PC without additional software.

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The 32GB Limit is only if you use Windows 2000 or XP to format the drive with their native formatting tool.

http://www.allensmith.net/Storage/HDDlimit/FAT32.htm

FAT32 as stated below will support partitions up to 2TB's.

  "While the FAT32 file system can support drives up  to a standard theoretical size of 2 terabytes, (it 'can' be jury-rigged  under

Windows Millennium Edition to support partitions of up to 8 TB

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Windows 2000 Professional and XP Professional cannot FORMAT a volume larger than 32 GB in size

using their native FAT32 file system.

     "The FastFAT driver can mount and support volumes larger than 32 GB  that use the FAT32 file system, such as those created locally by Windows  98 or ME in dual boot configuration, (subject to other limits listed  here for Windows 98, ME and 2000 and here for Windows XP),  but you cannot CREATE one using the Format tool from within either  Windows 2000 Professional or XP Professional. If you attempt to format a  FAT32 partition larger than 32 GB, the format fails near the end of the  process with the following error message:
 
Logical Disk Manager: Volume size too big."

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Microsoft owns patents related to the FAT, exFAT and NTFS systems.

However, I wish they can license the (legal) reverse-engineered NTFS code from NTFS-3G.

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Does the exFAT work the same as FAT32?

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No download the program I listed and you will have no problems.

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