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I got this little passport hard drive, it's 500gb but works through a usb rather than a usb and a power cord.

So when I hook up the USB to the ps3 it just shows the status light like the hard drive is hooked up but the ps3 itself doesn't show that anything is hooked up. I have used flashdrives in the past and those worked fine but it's not showing anything as connected when I hook up this drive.

Can anyone help me with this? Thanks.
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Apparently from the research I did it's based on whether the drive is formatted as exFAT or NTFS... the drive by default is formatted as NTFS which works more efficiently for computers but exFAT is better if you just want to use it as a flashdrive USB. I guess if you have it set as exFAT it would work on PS3 but it's much less efficient, especially if you have more files on it.

Not 100% sure if this is the case but if someone could let me know if they know that'd be great thanks..
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Its called FAT32, use swissknife () to format it, I think windows can't format over 320GB or something so you need a program for that, NTFS is not compatible with Sony devices.

FAT32 works fine and is probably more stable than NTFS, just slower on transfer speed. Also too late but I wouldn't recommend getting a large drive without a power adapter, they are useful as the PS3 can only do so much generating power to the device.
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I had/have the 1 gb western digital and never could get it to work with my ps3 and then eventually the little metal piece inside the hard drive broke so now it's just sitting in my room useless for now.
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smokeweed101. said:
Its called FAT32, use swissknife () to format it, I think windows can't format over 320GB or something so you need a program for that, NTFS is not compatible with Sony devices.

FAT32 works fine and is probably more stable than NTFS, just slower on transfer speed. Also too late but I wouldn't recommend getting a large drive without a power adapter, they are useful as the PS3 can only do so much generating power to the device.
It's exFAT which is FAT32's successor. Actually most things I read said that NTFS was much better than FAT but I can't be surei. I have a western digital external drive that's FAT and it's been good (::knocks on wood::)

but yea I just got this new one so I could format it either way and not lose anything but I have just heard too many different things to know which way to go too. I wouldn't be using this drive just for ps3 either, I would mostly be using it for other things. I do have a flash drive that works fine with the ps3 so I might just go that route but if I can figure out how to do it on this without losing performance then that's a plus.
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I got a new one.. I had to format it for it to work on ps3...
Now I just hook it up to my PS3 and then click on videos.. then SHOW ALL under options and it shows all my thousands of movies.

I use this external for ps3 and computer, load all my good albums and movies onto it and watch em on the ps3.

Format it in FAT32
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^I just tried formatting it and throwing a couple videos on there to check to see if it works. There's no option for FAT32, there's only exFAT and NTFS. I read some stuff online that just says exFAT is the successor to FAT32 so I figured if I tried exFAT that would work. The drive works fine on the computer but isn't showing up on the ps3 when I plug it in, and the status light is working for the drive too.

Is there only certain types of files that are compatible to play on ps3? I put 3 movies on there but they are AVI files not sure if that makes a difference.

Last edited by beantown; 09-05-2010 at 01:56 PM..
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2 things

f**k SWISSKNIFE use Partition Wizard Home Edition, and it has to be FAT32
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found my answer there.... apparently ps3 doesn't support exfat (aka fat64) hard drives. I wish it did but it's not the end of the world. I just will end up using this flashdrive I have instead. Thanks for the help though.
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You using Windows right now?

If so, go to Start>Right-Click on Computer>Manage

click on Storage>Disk Management (left side of the screen)

Now u see all the drives you have on your computer,

Right-Click on the Drive you plan on using for the PS3>Delete Volume...
(Make sure u don't have nothing important on there!)

Now that ur done, the drive will appear in the bottom window with a black bar over it
Right-Click on the drive>New Simple Volume...

click Next>Simple volume size in MB: 30720 (as in 30(GB) x 1024(MB) = 30720)



click Next>Assign a letter to your drive>click Next



Now as you can see, u can Format the drive to FAT32.
click Next> then Finish. (UR done now)



apparently you can make only a 30 GB (or less) FAT32-partition on an external drive in Windows.
Hope that helps.
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I have the same problem im just to lazy to format this s**t...been meaning to do this s**t for over a year
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so if i wanna make my TerraByte compatible would i have to download one of the programs above
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beantown said:
It's exFAT which is FAT32's successor. Actually most things I read said that NTFS was much better than FAT but I can't be surei. I have a western digital external drive that's FAT and it's been good (::knocks on wood::)

but yea I just got this new one so I could format it either way and not lose anything but I have just heard too many different things to know which way to go too. I wouldn't be using this drive just for ps3 either, I would mostly be using it for other things. I do have a flash drive that works fine with the ps3 so I might just go that route but if I can figure out how to do it on this without losing performance then that's a plus.
I guess you mean FAT64, I doubt Sony supports it, just stick to FAT32 or deal with a useless drive. If you want to use it on both the CPU and PS3 why not do FAT32, on my old desktop I can still transfer 10-15 GB movie files on a FAT32 drive in decent time so there is no need to go NTFS.

When you plug out just eject the HD each time to avoid data loss.

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Mr.Heismen said:
so if i wanna make my TerraByte compatible would i have to download one of the programs above
beantown said:
^I just tried formatting it and throwing a couple videos on there to check to see if it works. There's no option for FAT32, there's only exFAT and NTFS.

Yes people, use swissknife (or another external formatting software I could careless)

Windows won't format a large drive in FAT32 on its own, and Sony doesn't support non FAT32 drives, I have confirmed this on the very first post people.

NTFS was developed by Microsoft, they are rivals with Sony and have their own system, common sense.
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beantown said:
Is there only certain types of files that are compatible to play on ps3? I put 3 movies on there but they are AVI files not sure if that makes a difference.
Also for your information AVI is a container, it holds several codecs, if the codec isn't compatible then it won't play. AVI as a container is compatible but there are several incompatible codecs that could be in the container, best bet is to properly format and then see for yourself, if not then ask for step 2.
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Or you can stream from your comp using an app like PS3 Media Server.
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