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26 Jul 2009
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PS3 won't recognise external HDD

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Hi. I know this is quite a common occurence but I still can't get it to see my external Hitachi 40gb ATA/IDE hard drive.

 

I have reformatted the entire drive to FAT32 file system using HP USB disk format tool. The drive is completely formatted to FAT32 no problems.

 

I have placed a folder on the disk called 'PS3', still wont recognise it.

 

My windows laptop sees the drive ok.

 

My PS3 will see a USB flash drive ok, and that is NTFS formatted?

 

Any ideas guys?

 

Its really doing my head in now!

 

Thanks.

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Re: PS3 won't recognise external HDD

The disk needs to be FAT32 formatted sounds like it's still NTFS. Plug the HDD back into your laptop and goto explore and right click on it and goto propetise to make sure in there is says FAT32.

 

The programme i told you about formatted my complete 160gb toshiba portable hard drive in under a secound lol


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Re: PS3 won't recognise external HDD

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Like I said, the drive is 100% formatted to FAT32 file system.

 

What program have you told me about?

 

Are you confusing me with another poster as that was my first post about the problem?

 

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Re: PS3 won't recognise external HDD

Make sure you do a full format of the drive (not a quick format).
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Re: PS3 won't recognise external HDD

Hi, Yes I have done a full format to FAT32. It took about 45 mins or so.

 

Really annoying me now!!!

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Re: PS3 won't recognise external HDD

hiya matey I also had a problem when I hooked up my 500gb hard drive would pick up movies but never picked up things like music and pictures until I checked the folders I made for em!!

music especially list like this

on your hard drive listed a folder such as my music or whatever then another folder listing all your artists names then this is the tricky bit all the albums from each artist dont make an album file just list em as track names this really helps and the ps3 then gives you a list of artists and then you can see every album from that artist

same works for videos/movies

one folder names movies then list the movies as they are dont put em in a folder

think this works the same way as on the psp too

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Re: PS3 won't recognise external HDD

Hi storm1203.

 

 

Thanks for your comments but I can't even get the ps3 to even 'see' the external HDD. Let alone access it to see files!

 

However, I have now formatted a FAT32 partition on my larger 1TB iOmega HDD, that has its own external ac power supply and the PS3 sees it straightaway!

 

I'm guessing that the USB ports on the PS3 don't have enough power to support my non-externally powered Hitachi drive, even though it works fine on my laptop?

 

One to watch out for........

 

Many Thanks for your comments everyone

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