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FAT32 - Still Wont Read USB Hardrive

Discussion in 'PS3 Hardware' started by D2TheQ, Mar 21, 2010.

  1. D2TheQ

    D2TheQ Member

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    Why wont the PS3 read my Seagate 320GB USB 2.9 External Hard Drive HDD NR?

    When i check the drive properties it says the file system is FAT32 and it works fine on my laptop and other PC's. When connected to the PS3 it does not even register as a drive, unlike when i use my USB pen drive it registers it and then have to press triangle to view the contents (whats all that about?)

    All help will be much appreciated
  2. RottenFox

    RottenFox Moderator

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    How did you format it?
    if it was on a pc, through windows, theres your answer.
    you have to use something like this: Ridgecrop Consultants Ltd
    and pick " FAT 32 Formatter ", reading how to allocate a drive letter, then go back and select " Windows GUI version of fat32format ", following the instructions.
  3. ljphil78

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    is it a usb powered drive? it maight be that the ps3 cant supply enough power through 1 usb port for the drive to run properly, did the drive come with a Y cable if so have you tried plugging 2 plugs into the ps3?
  4. D2TheQ

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    thanks for the prompt replies ...

    1. Yeah i must of formatted the drive yonks ago using WinXP. I originally thought it wasn't FAT32 so borrowed a mates drive to transfer the data so i could format to FAT32 but when i actually checked the drive properties it said FAT32. Now all the data been transferred to my mates will follow ur link and see how i get on.

    2. The USB has its own power cable. Not too sure what a 'Y' cable is but the PS3 end is the normal USB connection and the hard drive end is the short square connection.
  5. hippo99

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    You usually need to connect USB powered HDD's into 2 USB slots on the PS3 using a cable like this, otherwise there isn't enough power supplied to the HDD, & your PS3 won't appear to recognise it.
    [​IMG]

    If your HDD is mains powered then you don't need to.
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  6. D2TheQ

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    Just formating the drive now using the above software. Just been reading the instructions and surprised that XP cant format anything over 32GB using FAT32. :facepalm:

    Cheers RottenFox for the heads up
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    First I've ever heard of that. I've got several USB powered HDD of varying makes and all work perfectly via one USB connection.
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    This has worked perfectly however when i go and try and copy a .mkv onto the newly formated drive i get a error message saying "the file is too large for the file system" Any work arounds for this...? :smashin:
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    you have to split the file so its smaller then 4gb.
  10. D2TheQ

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    Cheers, any suggestions on the software that will do the job?
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  12. Uridium

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    You need to read the Ps3 Media guide. Link in my Sig below
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    What he said :rolleyes:
  14. D2TheQ

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    Nice one guys... Really appreciate all the help ive found on this forum. If it wasn't for you people i still be watching movies on my 17" laptop using crappy PC speakers and just using the PS3 as a games machine.

    :smashin:
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    On my old 60GB PS3 (with 4 USB inputs) I only needed to connect using one USB connection, however on my Slim I need to use 2 USB connections with the same HDD, otherwise the Slim doesn't recognise it.

    Incidentally, most 2.5" caddy's come with the Y cable, just in case of power issues:smashin:

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