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Aug 22 2011
By: Shadow3200 First Son 4 posts
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External Hard Drive Size Limit?

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I have a 1TB Lacie HDD Formatted to fat 32 But the PS3 doesn't reconize the entire TB... only a portion of it is reconized...

Does anyone know the size limitations or why the entire HDD  is not reconized by the PS3?

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Re: External Hard Drive Size Limit?

Aug 22, 2011

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I don't know the external limit, but I know it's higher than 1 TB. I'm assuming you bought the drive in NTFS format and converted it to FAT32. In this case, some format utilities won't format FAT32 over vary large drives. What program did you use?



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Aug 22, 2011

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Aug 22, 2011

The Windows and MacOS built-in formatting utilities will only create a FAT32 partition of up to 32GB, but that is an arbitrary limit set by the utility. FAT32 supports drives of up to 2TB in size, although it doesn't perform well at that size.  You will need a third-party formatting utility in order for format larger drives as FAT32.  There are a few free ones available. Fat32formatter has already been mentioned, although I prefer HP's USB Disk Storage Format Tool.

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Aug 22, 2011

gkpama00 wrote:

...MacOS built-in formatting utilities will only create a FAT32 partition of up to 32GB, but that is an arbitrary limit set by the utility.

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I just want to point out that this is not the case for Disk Utility on Mac OS X. It will happily create a very large FAT32 partition for you. However, the partition map for the drive must be Master Boot Record and not GUID Partition Table or Apple Partition Map for it to be recognized on the PS3.

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Aug 22, 2011

I haven't used Mac OS X since 10.4, which still had the 32GB limit.  Apparently it has been removed in later versions, which is fortunate for Mac owners because the third-party formatters don't always have a MacOS version.

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