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Re: How to use a USB external Hard Drive on your PS3

Jul 20, 2010
ok i tried that and it kinda didnt work when i click create it keeps saying error and my pc doesnt have fat32
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Re: How to use a USB external Hard Drive on your PS3

Jul 23, 2010

"Keep it simple stupid"

NTFS Seagate drive;

Format using Win7 (deletes all data)

shrink volume with disk management (32 since I am not gonna get into 1TB fat32 explaination)

32 GB = 32000MB so shrink by that amount.

format empty unallocated space. Win7 will allow you to now create that partion into fat 32 (32 stands for old 32 GB limit) again I will NOT get into this for you are not understanding the basics so using software to create 500GB of fat32 is pointless.

Now you have 2 primary drives which you created off of one seagate external HDD

 

Also above post "PS3\UPDATE" is not valid as you cannot use those characters in a naming format. I am assuming you meant subfolder, but an update folder can go where it always does; on the ps3 internal drive for all I care.

 

Not supposed to sound like a jerk. I researched for hours myself and this took a ridiculous amount of time when I had info on my external to begin with. 

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Re: How to use a USB external Hard Drive on your PS3

Jul 26, 2010

Hey. I "Deleted Partition" and now my computer wont read my external hard drive or my ps3 can i get so help...

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Re: How to use a USB external Hard Drive on your PS3

Jul 26, 2010

I formatted my external HDD to FAT32 using my Mac's disk utility. I created the folders, but the PS3 won't recognize the drive. What should I do?

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Re: How to use a USB external Hard Drive on your PS3

Jul 26, 2010
Wow, another old thread rises from the dead...

Weathers94 wrote:

Hey. I "Deleted Partition" and now my computer wont read my external hard drive or my ps3 can i get so help...


If you deleted the old partition you'll have to create a new one, and then format it. However, if your drive is larger than 32GB then Windows won't offer FAT32 as an option.

 

So basically the problem is this, if you are trying to format a large external HDD with the FAT32 file system Windows won't allow it. If you google the solution you'll find all kinds of info, and much of it is wrong. Micro$oft imposed an artificial limit of 32GB to try and force people to use their more proprietary NTFS format. This limit is ENTIRELY a Windows restriction. It has nothing to do with the file system itself, as FAT32 actually supports partitions up to 2TB (yes, I said 2 Terrabytes). Anyone who tells you otherwise (like that clown SkiMask above) is just clueless.

 

Many of the "solutions" you'll find on-line suggest you use Windows Disk Manager, or use the command line. These solutions will likely fail as well with a large HDD.

 

Most other operating systems, like Linux or MacOS, will happily format any drive up to 2TB with the FAT32 file system. So the answer is to either use another OS, or to use a 3rd party formatting utility for Windows.

 

One of the more popular utilities that google searches will find is Swissknife, but that utility has gone commercial and is no longer free (also, a LOT of people had trouble with Swissknife crashing). A utility that IS still free is Fat32Formatter, and you can find the Windows GUI version here . Fat32Formatter works well for most people, and the GUI version is very easy to use.

 

Personally I use and recommend GParted. GParted is an open source (free) disk partitioning utility that comes in the form of a boot disk (or a bootable USB flash drive for netbooks). As a boot disk it is OS independent (should work on any Intel based hardware), and you won't have to worry about OS compatibility or problems from data protection apps. GParted is an all-in-one tool for creating, deleting, resizing and formatting hard disk partitions in a wide variety of file systems. The trade off is a bit more complexity, although it is still quite easy to use.

 

You can get GParted from Sourceforge here . GParted is included in most Linux distributions, and the main info page is here...

 

Another popular one is the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool, which google will find lots of sources for.

 

And finally, many hard drive makers have free formating utilities available for their products. For example, Western Digital offers a free FAT32 formatting utility for their external hard drives. Just go to their support site and look at the downloads for your drive model (or if you are really lazy, try this link), and Seagate has its DiskWizard software.

 

Note that partitioning and formatting a hard drive with most of the utilities above will erase everything on it. So you must backup any important data before proceeding. The exception would be GParted, which has the ability to split a large drive by resizing the existing partition and creating a new one in the unallocated space. Personally I still recommend you backup important data before doing it this way, so it's not much of a time saver, but there may be reasons you'd want to split your drive, which I'll explain below.

 

One of the big limitations of the FAT32 file system is that it cannot store any single file larger than 4GB. This is why some people opt to split their drives into 2 partitions. You can have a FAT32 partition for use with your PS3 (and your computer will still be able to use it as well) and another partition using a more modern file system that allows larger files (NTFS, Ext4, HFS+). Note that this second, non-FAT32 partition will not be accessible by the PS3.

 

So there ya have it. Lots of options, lots of links. All in one post. And yes, in case you are wondering, the PS3 can access and use a 2TB external FAT32 HDD (I have tested it).


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Re: How to use a USB external Hard Drive on your PS3

Jul 26, 2010
is there any solutions like that for macs? can't run any exes on mac
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Re: How to use a USB external Hard Drive on your PS3

Jul 28, 2010

If it's an Intel CPU Mac you should be able to boot GParted and use that.

 

I have heard of issues with the FAT32 file system created by the Mac disk manager. If you use the Erase function to reformat a drive it does not create a new master boot record, and that can lead to compatibility problems with the PS3. To properly format a drive to the FAT32 file system on a Mac you must use the Partition function. and make sure the Master Boot Record option is selected.


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Re: How to use a USB external Hard Drive on your PS3

Sep 24, 2010

after i format the harddrive to FAT 32. im just wondering if something happens and it suddenly wont work for my comp can i just go back to the old format of the thing?

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Re: How to use a USB external Hard Drive on your PS3

Sep 24, 2010
You can reformat it to NTFS if you like. The PS3 will not recognize NTFS.

But your PC and PS3 should both read and write just fine to FAT32, with the exception that 4GB and larger files will not fit on a FAT32 partition, no matter how much free space it has.
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Re: How to use a USB external Hard Drive on your PS3

Sep 27, 2010

Hello Help is needed 

I have a question  I think accidentlly deleted some thing on the eternal hard drive and now I cannot access it any more,  what makes the problem worst is that the computer does not recognise it any more I mean there is no more short cut appears if you connect it to the computer as if you did not connnect it from the first place

I hope there is some thing to do about it because it is full of stuff 

Thank you

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