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using external hard drive with ps3

Discussion in 'PS3 - Modding & Hacking' started by cypres, Dec 19, 2007.

  1. cypres

    cypres Member

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    I'm trying to play my divx files that I have on my external hard drive. I have it plugged into the usb ports on the ps3 but I cant find it in any of the menus. Anyone know what I need to do to get this to work?
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  3. NinReznor

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    make folders on the hard drive named PS3->VIDEO->put you videos there
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    Then just search the media server thing?
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    You could just press triangle on the Hardrive icon,it should bring up a menu then you just select play all.

    Also your Hardrive needs to be Fat32.
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    NinReznor Regular member

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    as marcusita said you have to format the hard drive to fat32 before the ps3 can read it. when it is it will show up just like a usb stick or sd card does.
  7. cypres

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    I've been doing some googling into how to format it to fat32 but my external drive is 320 gigs and I've read that fat32 cant handle something that large. Am I pretty much screwed? If not, does anyone have any step by step instructions to format it? I read that I can create partitions for it but I dont have any idea what that is or how to do that. Thanks.
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    I have a 60gb Fat32 partition on my 120gb Harddrive,im not sure how much more space i can allocate to the Fat32 Partition,i havnt tried it yet,also you can only put files which do not exceed 4gb on Fat32.











  9. cypres

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    I just did a search on here (which I probably should have done in the first place) and I found a thread that said I can use swissknife to format a 32 gig partition as fat32. Does that mean that I am taking 32gigs of my drive and only converting that amount to fat32 and the rest stays the same?
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    Yes only 32gb will be formated to Fat32,if the thread is correct,i will get you a tutorial on how to partition a Harddrive.
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    no your not screwed, just download this program:
    http://www.download.com/CompuApps-SwissKnife-V3/3000-2248_4-10485574.html?tag=tab_pub
    install it.
    plug your hard drive in your pc open the program.
    click your drive in the devices list.
    click format to erase everything.
    once finished click partition type and select primary and then file system and select fat32.
    drag the bar to the right of the pie chart all the way to the bottom, so the whole pie chart turns blue.
    click create.
    make folders on your hard drive like:
    PS3->VIDEO->then put your videos there.
    it will format the whole 320gb.
    hope this helps.
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  12. marcusita

    marcusita Regular member

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    Just do as NinReznor says and you should be fine and if you have anything important on your Harddrive back it up because you will lose everything you have stored on it once you format and partition it.
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    sweet. Thanks for all your help. I'm going to try this as soon as I get home. I will let you know how it goes.
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    oh and remember to click the right hard drive you dont want to be formatting your pcs hd now!
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    HAHAHAH Yeah... I thought about that.... I'm going to do this before I start drinking today.
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    Okay... So I have downloaded and installed the swissknife and every time I click on my external hdd device I get a message saying the program has an error and must close. I have uninstalled it and reinstalled it but I get the same problem.... but one time I was able to click it and it registered the external hdd but I couldnt find the format button...

    are there any other programs I can use for this?
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    I used partition magic. let me know if u need it
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    I like how everyone has an early answer for a situation suposedly walking you through the process. Second hand (I heard of someone doing it this way). But once you run into a problem you can't get a response back. As if everyone that posted prior too fell off the planet. If you really know what you are doing and HAVE DONE IT BEFORE then by all means please post. But if you do not have hands on experience please say I do not know. The reason for this post is I have been screwed a few times in the past with internal PC problems. Leason learned. But if someone has formated an external hard drive and has had it work on a PS3 please respond. Thanks for everyone that knows what they are doing you are appreciated.
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    I know what im talking about,if i didnt i wouldnt bother posting messages.
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    i formatted my 200Gb seagate doing exactly what i posted, it worked for me. on the other hand we could always not try and help and tell them to go here
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    Very nicely put NinReznor,some people dont appreciate help,as far as i see you gave a detailed description on how to partition and format a Harddrive for use with the PS3.

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