Thread: Formatting Large External HD for PS3


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I've just had the dilema of buying a 500gb drive for the PS3 to stream media and then realising that I can only format the drive in 32GB partitions! So I thought I 'd write a bit of info to tell you how to get the full drive formatted in FAT32 as I'm sure others will come across the same issue as me. 1) Delete any NTFS partitions on the drive so the disk is now with unallocated space 2) Create new partition on the drive 3) Select Primary Partition and set the maximum partition size 4)

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    Formatting Large External HD for PS3

    I've just had the dilema of buying a 500gb drive for the PS3 to stream media and then realising that I can only format the drive in 32GB partitions!

    So I thought I 'd write a bit of info to tell you how to get the full drive formatted in FAT32 as I'm sure others will come across the same issue as me.

    1) Delete any NTFS partitions on the drive so the disk is now with unallocated space
    2) Create new partition on the drive
    3) Select Primary Partition and set the maximum partition size
    4) Choose a drive letter for the drive
    5) Select "Do not Format this partition" and click Finish

    Download the freeware tool fat32format

    h**p://www.ridgecrop.demon.co.uk/index.htm?fat32format.htm

    Once downloaded, extract the file and run:

    fat32format [drive letter]

    You will now have a full sized FAT32 formatted drive :-)


    Last edited by Purity; 20th November 2008 at 10:37.

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    Thanks Mate! Just bought myself a Seagate 500 Gig HDD to do exactly that.

    Cheers

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    I only made a 50Gb (1TB HDD) partition of Fat32 format and kept rest as NTFS. Thinking about it now i might go back and make the full thing FAT32. Would make more sense than moving stuff about when want to watch it via my PS3.

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    Hopefully Sony will realise a new firmware that supports NTFS to overcome the limits.

    Any idea why they opted for the old FAT32 standard?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KhuramG View Post
    Hopefully Sony will realise a new firmware that supports NTFS to overcome the limits.

    Any idea why they opted for the old FAT32 standard?
    NTFS is a microsoft thing and really only used by microsoft based things (i.e. your PC). Everything else uses FAT32.

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    I forgot to metion that fat32format only does a quick format. It doesn't check for bad sectors.

    If you need integrity checks, run a chkdsk /R [drive letter] after the format.

    This will also be handy info for 360 users wanting to stream media to their boxes

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    I plugged the USB drive into the PS3 and it was recognised but I could not see any of the movies on it. What I did was press triangle on the drive and selected "Display All". I can now see the file structure and play the movies

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    Quote Originally Posted by Purity View Post
    I plugged the USB drive into the PS3 and it was recognised but I could not see any of the movies on it. What I did was press triangle on the drive and selected "Display All". I can now see the file structure and play the movies
    The reason why you saw no movies is that you need to create a folder in the root of the drive called VIDEO and then put all your movies in there. The movies will then be shown linked to the video icon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ju_ View Post
    The reason why you saw no movies is that you need to create a folder in the root of the drive called VIDEO and then put all your movies in there. The movies will then be shown linked to the video icon.
    ok thanks for the info fella

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    Mate, create a PS3 folder with folders inside called PHOTO, VIDEO and MUSIC to avoid having to press triangle and 'display all' all the time.

    Note: The folder names are case sensitive.

    Cheers!



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