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PS3 Does Not Detect External Hard Drive

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Hi!

 

I just bought an external hard drive for my PS3 and to my frustration the PS3 does not detect it but the circle spins around for about 5 seconds at the top right when I plug it in.

 

I would really appreciate any help given  :manhappy:

 

Many thanks!!!!! 
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tntgaming1 wrote:
Amazing advice, deleted one of the games off like you said and hey presto Disney infinity loading, I'm going to have one happy little boy in the morning, thank you soooooooo much xx

Glad i could help. Yeah unfortunately lots of gamers seem to know the answers much better than staff in game stores. I'm not sure if it's because we are more interested, or because they stick to one console (in this case it would be xbox, nothing else supports external hard drives). 

Is there no chance you can take the external hard drive back? Usually stores have a 28 day return policy for "if you don't like the product". 

If you get stuck again, check online, ask here first, or speak to a manager. If you are being told to buy something else to get a game to work don't listen unless multiple people tell you the same thing. Unless you're playing a MMORPG, you should never have to buy anything extra in order to enjoy your game. 

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Ok Im a newb but here goes...

 

I have a PS3 with the 12 GB hard drive. I just bought Gran Turismo 6 and it said I didn't have enough memory for the update. 

 

I went and bought a 1TB external hard drive. I partioned a portioned to FAT32 like instructed and plugged it into the PS3.

 

The device is showing up under Video, Photo, and Game. However, when I go to install the update for GT6 I still get the "not enough space" message. 

 

Where have I gone wrong? 

 

PS - I also have deleted all Game Data Utility as well as anything else I had on here...

 

Thanks! 

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You need to install the hdd inside your console. As explained above (several times, in this thread and others), you cannot use an external drive for storing games. Read through the console manual. There is a section showing how to instal a hdd.
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im having the same problem i have a toshiba 500gb usb hard drive and it was working great had all my movies on it and then it got formated and now its not showin up on my ps3. i format it to FAT32 and hook it back up to my ps3 and its still not showing as a usb its not even showing that its hook up. idk what to do

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@mytinkerbell4u How did you format the drive to Fat32?

Windows is only able to format small capacity drives to fat32, so you need to use a utility such as Swiss knife to format the drive.
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andyrome64 wrote:

f430scu wrote:

Hi!

 

I just bought an external hard drive for my PS3 and to my frustration the PS3 does not detect it but the circle spins around for about 5 seconds at the top right when I plug it in.

 

I would really appreciate any help given  :manhappy:

 

Many thanks!!!!! 

If you have a Windows PC, search for SwissKnife. It's freeware and will help you to format the disk with the FAT32 file system. Formatting large drives in FAT32 using the windows format command will not work....

Message Edited by andyrome64 on 17-04-2009 11:00 AM

 

Hey there, thanks did work

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f430scu wrote:

Hi!

 

I just bought an external hard drive for my PS3 and to my frustration the PS3 does not detect it but the circle spins around for about 5 seconds at the top right when I plug it in.

 

I would really appreciate any help given  :manhappy:

 

Many thanks!!!!! 


if it is powers by usb then it will not work, it has to be mains powered, the usb ports on the ps3 cannot support hard drives via usb, also you need to format the hard drive to fat 32.
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most of you are wrong i formatted my ecternal hardrive and it still nothing comes up on my ps3 i even got it replaced with a new one and that one still doesnt come up on my ps3/:

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I too had the same problem as everyone else and trawled through forums to find the answer to get the HD to get recognised by my ps3.

 

My hard drive is a powered internal 250gb WD Scorpio Blue 2.5inch which i hooked up initially via usb (however i know now that the drive type doesnt matter and people are getting confused over this as long as it connects to usb or fits in the 2.5 slot). 

 

I formatted several times to FAT32 and re-partitioned in different ways but nothing happened.

 

Eventually I figured the problem, in fact I had been formating and partitioning as a master disk and instead it should be formatted as logical in FAT32.  The software I used to do this was "Acronis True Image WD Edition" which I downloaded from western digital website.

 

hope this helps.  I will add some snap shots and steps soon if it helps?



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@P33BUS You are amasing!  LOGICAL drive is the answer!

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it doesn't have to be mains powered, I have a 250 & a 500 gig hard drives that are just usb powered and they run fine.

It can take a little while for them to read everything thats on there, but this still happens with my three terrabyte hard drives as well (all mains powered)

 

lots of films and music and piccies!! :WitchyGrin:

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Agreed with the above, it all relys on is how it's formatted and partitioned.
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that's bull***** that if the ps3 powers it, it won't work!

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USB powered ones run fine
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that is not true in my experience. my wd 1tb works perfectly.

 

Ok. first problem is windows. MS loves to control ***** and thats the problem. secondly my proposal is that sony for the ps4 should use ext4.

 

anyway that said most users have win7 and win8 now and its a nightmare to do a fat32 on a drive greater than 32gb. in any case when you do there are other issues that crop up, like the drive not having all of its space et, in my experience.

 

just go to ubuntu or some linux. inthe terminal type palimpsest or gnome-disks.

 

 

use this utility. it takes about 10 seconds. now, obviously linux will read almost anything, but you have to be careful if you want windows to uze the drive as well. choose the option to allow compztibility with all systems.and select standard fat32. then test by mounting the drive. if it works, you can now even use this drive in wkndows. i texted my 2.5 1tb drive. after this even win8 sees it as a 1tb ext drve and the ps picked it up immediately

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hey , i have a WD 320gb hard drive with FAT32 format and the original ps3 folders but it wont come up on my ps3 .

 

i was wondering if anyone could help me with this problem.

 

much appreciated if someone could :smileyvery-happy:

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I just successfully started backing up my hdd, i think... It says it is backing up with 57 minutes to go. Just though I would share my experience in case it helps. The PS3 is the fat model bought in 2008 with the 40G hdd. The new hdd is the WD Scorpio Blue 320G 7200rpm, and external hdd is WD My Passport Essential. It took forever to get the PS3 to detect the external, but I was finally able to by:

1) Converting to FAT32 with SwissKnife.

2) The external had security turned on, which meant I had to enter a password each time it was plugged in to my pc (which I think is why the PS3 wouldn't detect it when I selected the backup option).

3) I unplugged my 3rd party wired controller (I don't know if it helped but I read somewhere on this thread to unplug anything else that is plugged in to the PS3 usb port so I did.)

As of right now, I am just waiting for the back up option to complete so I can then swap the hdd's and restore the back up data. It took me forever to figure all of this out, which, after typing the steps I took to perform this operation, seem so simple I feel like an idiot now. Oh well, if this helps someone else out and keeps them from going through the frustration I felt then I guess it was worth it. Oh, and if it works and I don't have to re-download the hundreds of Rock Band songs I have on my old hdd then it is well worth it...

 

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Thank you so much Kshunka! You're step 3 was my only problem with getting my ehd to connect. :Thumbs:

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:Stupid:

i just wanted to say thank you so much i was trying to back up my stuff for my 1 tb drive i feel stupid that i did not take off my security but now it works 

 

 

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I Still have issues even after a logical fat32 formatting :(

Since getting a new computer recently I have a spare Intel 330 SSD and I wanted to use it in a hard drive enclosure to use as an external drive with my PS3. I am doing this currently with a spare 40GB conventional drive.

I have overcome the usual hurdles of formatting a large drive to fat32 and having Video and Picture folders on the root of the drive, but it is still not recognized by the PS3. Its fine plugging in to my laptop but nothing on the PS. I am using the same (usb 2.0) enclosure with both drives, but only the 40 gig works.

I am stumped. Any help or ideas would be great, thanks.
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coverted my WD 1tb hd to fat32, ps3 still won't see it. how do you take off the security on the hard drive

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