Using a USB external hard drive with the PS3

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  1. almightygoodgod

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    Hello guys

    Have done a quick search and checked the FAQ but couldn't find the answer to my particular question. (If there is a thread then by all means just post a link please).

    Having filled up over half over the PS3 hard drive already (you just got to love HD downloads haven't you) I have come to the conclusion I need a bigger hard drive.

    I believe a USB hard drive would be the best option as it means I can transfer downloads straight from my laptop (also 60GB :( ) to the hard drive and just plug it into the PS3.

    So, the questions

    1. Is this feasible?
    2. Any restrictions on types of hard drive?
    3. Can I use a folder system on the hard drive?
    4. Real numpty question, are the hard drives powered through the USB?
    5. I would like to watch HD material from the hard drive (tbh that will be its main use), as I watch HD-DVDs through a USB connection on the 360 I am assuming that it will have a hig enough transfer speed.
    6. Any advice other than what I have asked?

    :thumbsup:
     
  2. M1keF

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    1 - yes
    2 - has to be fat32 formatted
    3 - need to duplicate the PS3 folder structure
    4 - yes
    5 - yes although you will need to convert the video files first
     
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    The HDD must be in the FAT 32 format.

    Very simple... Doing this from a windows xp system.
    Step 1: Plug your external hd up to pc and turn it on.
    Step 2: go to start>my computer>and then find your external hd
    Step 3: Right click on the external hd and find format.
    Step 4: Once format has been selected change the drive to Fat32
    Step 5: Format the drive as Fat32.
    Now your all set.
    Now in order for your files to show up you need three folders created before adding your files to each.
    MUSIC
    PICTURE
    VIDEO
    These three folders are created to store your music, pictures, and video content. Make sure you have each folder in all capital letters.
    Now your good to go for adding all your media from your pc to the external drive or saving stuff from ps3 to the external drive.
     
  4. almightygoodgod

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    cheers for the extremely quick replies guys, I have seen this one on ebay which I think will be good as it matches the PS3!

    t'ebay link

    I take it the mains supply is for when it is not connected via USB?
     
  5. M1keF

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    the above will only work with hdd's below a certain size though as XP will require them to be formatted as NTFS

    Best bet is to google for a program called fat32formatter or equivelant
     
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    do you know what the size limit is?
     
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    anyone got some reccomendations for usb hd's?
    ie. size/price/where from etc?
     
  8. M1keF

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    32GB is the limit with XP. You can use that program i mentioned to format it though and you will be fine
     
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    It all depends what you want to use it for

    I have a USB laptop caddy that is 60gb and that will be adequate for my needs
     
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    i'm running vista..is the limit raised with this?

    mainly for my music..i have approx 20gb doubt if it will go above the 32gb max anyway..so cheapest available :D
     
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    vista is still 32gb as far as i'm aware
     
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    ok..i'm after a 32gb one..whers the best place to get it from??
     
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    You're not going to find a hardrive that small anywhere. Besides what's the point. It's better to buy one bigger then you need just incase you need the extra capacity in the future.
     
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    I'm sure 32GB was the maximum size limit before LBA was introduced to the ATA interface, just remember though there is still a file size limit on the FAT32 file system, you cannot have files over 4GB.
     
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    does that mean I won't be able to store HD films on the hard drive and then play them through the PS3?

    At the moment I have stored files of 4.4GB on the PS3 and played them straight from that hard drive.
     
  16. Brattbakkk

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    Anyone know of a way to get the PS3 to recognise content on an EHDD via USB?

    I connected an EHDD to the PS3 which saw it but not the contents. I then connected the EHDD to my PC ans was able to stream the contents to my PS3.
     
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    The problem you're going to have, as reported before, is that most of the HD films you have i'm sure are going to be above 4gb, so you're a) not going to be able to put them on the HDD in the first place (as it's FAT32), and b) you're going to have to split the resultant files up to below this limit which means you'll have to stop the movie and select the other file..
     
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    No films over 1.2gb. I'm sure it's FAT32. Must be that they are not in the folder structure for PS3:(
     
  19. Axum

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    Sorry, i was referring to the original poster's questions...

    I don't even know what an EHDD is :)

    Do you mean "external" i.e. USB ?

    If that's the case, have you made sure you've pressed the triangle button when you're navigating to "display all" ?
     
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    External Hard Disk Drive.....I'm a lazy bassa:D

    I'll try the triangle tonight:smashin:
     
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    That'll be it then :thumbsup:
     
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    If I was you, if you want to put files bigger than 4GB on your HDD and want PS3 to recognise it. I would format your external HDD to the HFS+ file system(Apple).

    There is software that can do this in XP, Vista called MacDrive.

    Macdrive allows you to read/write to HFS+ and even format to that file system.

    The reason that HFS+ works and will be recognised by the PS3 is because it is build from the FAT32 file system but is more advanced.

    Good Luck.
     
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    Are you sure about this? Everything I have read says that it won't recognise HFS.

    I will try it when I get home.
     
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    i bought a 160gb WD portable HD for my PS3, works a treat, didnt need to format or anything like that. Streams without any problems or issues. Just 'triangle' and 'display all'
     
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    Well either you're streaming via your PC or all your files are under 4GB then...
     
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    Ok I haven't read anything, but that is a challenge this weekend and I will tell you the outcome.
     
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    I see on this thread HERE that you can format the HD with Apple's Hard drive system.

    Has anyone done this and what advantages would it have? I know that FAT has a 4gb file limit but I don't think that would be a massive issue for me as I don't have any downloaded HD content but I think it would be useful in the future.

    Cheers,

    Wiltsteve
     
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    HFS formatted external drives do not work on the PS3 i am afraid, only the xbox 360.
     
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    Never Mind.

    :)

    Thanks for answering.

    Wiltsteve
     
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    have a look at this one, USB 2 and NAS, states it's formatted Fat 32, and a whopping 128GB file size limit, built in UPNP server, may be worth looking at.


    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/SATA-Network-...ryZ16178QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
     

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