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Why format a new hard drive?

StuR6

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Getting a new internal 2.5" drive for my PS3 and there are mixed views about doing a full format on the new drive; some say to do a quick 2 minute format, and others say this gives fault and to do a 20 hour full format. In General PC terms, what do you say?

Is the new drive already formatted? Does it need formatting by the ps3 into some kind of special Sony format?

Thanks ahead of replies
 

StuR6

Established Member
bump... anyone also explain FAT32?
 

arthurleung

Established Member
bump... anyone also explain FAT32?

If the drive have any significant fault it will come out straight away from a full format. Quick format is fine normally but if the drive do come bad, you could find yourself transferring 500GB into the drive then it died.

PS3 does NOT run Windows and therefore it does not support NTFS format. The common format that both the PS3 and Windows can read is FAT32.

Just format it in the PS3 so that it will have all the system files on the drive.
 

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