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12 Mar 2012
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2tb external hard drive will it work on PS3?

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This has probably been asked a number of times. But if you can, please help. :smileyhappy:

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Re: 2tb external hard drive will it work on PS3?

Yes, heres a step by step tutorial explaining how to do it http://www.wikihow.com/Add-an-External-Hard-Drive-to-a-PlayStation-3

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Re: 2tb external hard drive will it work on PS3?

yes it will work fine just remember to format in fat32 so the ps3 can read it. also partition it into about 4 to improve read/write times.
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Re: 2tb external hard drive will it work on PS3?

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bwhizz wrote:
yes it will work fine just remember to format in fat32 so the ps3 can read it. also partition it into about 4 to improve read/write times.

Er no you dont, if you partition the HDD you run the risk of the Partition table not allowing it to show on the PS3. At best youll only get the First FAT32 partition. 

Thats fine if you want to hide another File system from the PS3 but bad If you want to use the hole 2TB space. 

 

Example 320GB USB drive. 3 partitions

SB1 - 150 GB EX4 Linux boot and windows repair ( this won't show on PS3 wrong file system)

SB2 - Fat 32 76GB

SB3 - Fat 32 75GB 

 

Both SB2&3 are fat32 file systems only SB2 will show on PS3. SB3 will never show up... 

 

  

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Re: 2tb external hard drive will it work on PS3?

I know that you can use a 2TB external HDD on PS3 but does anyone know of any models that come pre-formatted in FAT32? I don't own a PC so I'd like to avoid the hassle of converting from NTFS if possible.


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Not 100% sure if they still are but Western digital My book 2TB drives. DID come Fat 32 formatted.

 

This is because they were sold as universal USB drives... MAC OSX, LINUX and Windows ready and the only format that works like that is Fat32. (The OS have problems Writing to each others file systems other wise)

Thats a place to start looking any way untill others post and you can start looking at prices. 

 

   

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Re: 2tb external hard drive will it work on PS3?

Thanks :Thumbs:


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Re: 2tb external hard drive will it work on PS3?

Yes .. as long its been formatted to FAT32

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Re: 2tb external hard drive will it work on PS3?

It should do the usual stuff format the external HDD to FAT32 so the PS3 picks it up

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