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20 Dec 2010
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I bought an external Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1 TB Hard Drive to use for various videos/pictures/music that I have. The problem is that I cannot get it to be recognized by the PS3. It is recognized by my 360 just fine. I have formatted it to FAT32. In fact, I even created many partitions in my struggles to get it work. One NTFS, one FAT32, and one exFAT in hopes of getting it to work some how some way. Each partition has the required subfolders needed with sample files in each.

 

The 3 partitions set up.
http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/7490/drives.jpg

 

The folders in each partition.
http://img137.imageshack.us/img137/962/folderstructure.jpg


For my lifes sake, I can't figure out why it can not be read. The only thing I have noticed is that the white LED on the HDD is not on at all showing any activity when connected to the PS3 but I can hear and feel it spin up and turn "on" as normal. If nyone has any input or helpful information that could be useful to me in my situation, it would be greatly appreciated.

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the playstation will only recognise the first partition and only if its fat 32 ........ format the full drive into fat 32 .....

does the external have a power input other than using the usb
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Does that HDD have its own power supply?

 

If not are you uing both PS3 USB ports to power it.

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My first attempt was the entire drive as FAT32. Then I tried it as only a single volume at 25 GB thinking the size might of been a problem. Both times same problem.

 

The USB HDD does not have an external power supplied to it. Neither does it have a dual USB cord to use both slots on the PS3 USB ports for power. Just a single cord.

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^^Well that could be the problem, external HDDs that don't have their own PSU can be very picky, and that 1tb is a big bugger to be running from the USB ports...I have a 1TB myself but its powered by its own PSU, its a western digital, i just tried it and without the adaptor plugged in nothing worked.

 

Here is something else you can look into, those drives come with pre-installed software called WD Smartware, that software will stop ithe HDD from working on the PS3, now even though you have formatted the HDD this software is sitting hidden on a small partition, so if that's still on the HDD that might be whats stopping it from being seen by the PS3...try going to the WD site and looking for format and and partition programs.

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OK. I'll post up a follow up on my progress with the WD site in a bit.

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posted my model number and this was in bolt print in the middle of the page.

 

"There is currently no download (software, firmware, or driver) available for this product."

 

http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?modelno=wdbacx0010bbl-00

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It might be worth while getting hold of that Y USB adaptor to see if that solves the problem.

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xSajin

 

I notice that there are several 1TB versions of your device on the WD shop site.  Is yours by any chance the USB 2 only version?  The others also being USB3 devices.

 

Looking here - http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/reviews/index.cfm?reviewId=3211739 - they say that WD have made some changes to the SATA electronics, namely 

 

"For the My Passport Essential SE, Western Digital bypassed the standard SATA II circuitry and built a USB connection directly into the 2.5 inch internal hard drive, making it shorter than other external hard drives. Unfortunately, the company chose to integrate a micro-USB connection instead of the more common mini-USB port found on external hard drives and digital cameras. While the connection is supposed to be more durable, the cable is also harder to replace if lost."

 

I wonder if this might have something to do with it? 

 

I mean, the bypassing of certain circuitry part rather than the micro USB plug and shortened pathlength, of course.

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I have the 2.0 + 3.0 USB comination version. I have no idea where to get that Y adapter for the USB cable at. Would they have it at BestBuy?

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PROLEM SOLVED!!! I returned the My Passport SE (the little pretty portable one) for the big fat My Book Essential that has it's own power cord. Everything work right after I reformatted it to FAT32 using SwissKnife. Guess the power supply of the USB port on the PS3 wasn't enough.

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Not to mention it was 500 Gigs bigger and they gave me back 37 bucks in cash. Nice little unexpected bonus. :BigGrin:

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That's good.  That's really really good!

 

Thanks for posting back with the solution too.

 

A Merry Christmas to you.

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Here's a thought -

 

The website My Passport Essential SE says -

 

"High capacity in a smaller drive.

Massive capacity in this small, stylish drive that is powered directly from the USB port on your PC. No separate power supply is needed. "

From what you say, the above doesn't quite ring true, does it?  Maybe they mean USB 3?  I mean, how many people out there have got home with a bus only powered USB 2 drive only to find the power is inadequate.  Must be millions of us.  Let's hope they will have fixed this issue in USB 3 eh?  Meanwhile I see no need to give up my Firewire.
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If you hadn't returned your Essential but instead purchased a powered USB hub to fit between the PS3 and the external HDD, I wonder if that would have worked? It just might have I reckon.

 

Not as elegant a solution as yours of course and it would have cost you a few pennies rather than got some back for you.

 

Just a thought.

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I have the same problem, the problem is not the power supply apparently is the combination of usb 2.0 and 3.0 i have an older version of the same HDD and work just fine no need PSU beside the xbox 360 recognize it w/out any problem if you google it a lot of people have the same problem .. and the problem is only w/ the USB 3.0 / 2.0 .. only USB 2.0 work fine

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Hi, I also have a WD My Passport drive. It's 500GB USB 3.0 and is not recognized by my PS3 320GB Slim.

 

First thing I noticed, I could feel the HD spinning, but the powerled doesn't switch on. After putting a powered usb 2.0 hub between the PS3 and the WD drive, it was detected. So it seems the PS3 has insufficient power to power the drive...

 

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xSajin wrote:

PROLEM SOLVED!!! I returned the My Passport SE (the little pretty portable one) for the big fat My Book Essential that has it's own power cord. Everything work right after I reformatted it to FAT32 using SwissKnife. Guess the power supply of the USB port on the PS3 wasn't enough.


 

Hey, Actually I'm having a problem with a My book Essential 2TB USB3 / USB2.

 

Does your Essential is a USB3? and does it a 1TB?

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Got the same problem with the 2TB usb3 edition :(

It's fat32 formatted, I don't see a VCD (I guess it's default disabled? and the download is not working for the tool).

It doesn't even turn on when I connect it to my PS3 :(

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Could someone please suggest a good reasonably cheap external HDD, that is PS3 compatible, as im in the process of trying to get one, but dont really know where to start?

I reckon 500g tops would be plenty for me. Thanks
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Following worked for me for WD My Passport Essential 1TB USB 3.0.

 

Used Partition Magic to delete all partition and created a new partition FAT32 as 'Logical' drive - should not be 'primary' drive - size 196GB by default make it slightly less about 192GB. I did not give any label for the partition.

 

Connected the HDD through a USB hub (Imation USB Hub)  to PS3 and PS3 recognised the device as 'WD My Passport 0730'. 

 

Connected to the PC again and using Partition Magic created another partition for the unallocated space in NTFS format (Logical).

 

Now all ok.

 

Note: Makesure to use the USB cable that came alongwith the HDD to connect to USB Hub.

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