1TB Maxtor USB drive used on my Mac cannot be seen by Sony PS3
Because the drive wouldn't allow me to write to it, I formatted the drive with my Mac and it works fine now but it cannot be seen when plugged into the Sony PS3. I think it is formatted in Fat32(?) but how do you know and why won't the PS3 work with this drive?
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Depends on what you want to do with the files. Data is usually interchangeable between Mac and PC file formats. FAT-32 format files are limited to 4gb in size. You cannot boot a Mac from one of these files or from a drive formatted to FAT-32. To be bootable, an Intel Mac system drive must be formatted as a GUID partition map. Most of the new hard drives come with software that enables Macs to read and write to them without reformatting, thus they are completely interchangeable for data.
If you format it for a PC, both the MAC and PC should be able to read it. If not, there is a product called MACDrive that you can put on your PC that will allow you to read MAC formatted disks on your PC.
Without a firmware update your PS3 needs it to be fat32 as you've
noticed, and without the use of a utility Windows will not let you
format a 1tb using fat32
You're best be it to download a program called SwissKnife, it's a
utility that will allow you to format the drive the way you want
WARNING: Before using SwissKnife to format the drive, you have to take
all the data off of it (onto your computer or another drive), if you
don't then when you format the drive every file will be lost.
To isolate the problem, please try the steps below:
1. Make sure that the USB ports of your PC are working. 2. Try to connect the device into different USB ports. 3. Try to connect it into different Windows based computer.
Question: Did you reformat this device using your Mac? If yes, there could be a possibility that the device was reformatted using the Mac OSX (Journaled). This type of format would only recognized by Mac computers.
But if it's formatted using the DOS based system, it would work on both Mac and PC.
You didn't specify if the original PC was Windows or MAC.
Is this USB external used on a PC with
Windows? If so is it formatted NTFS?
If so, Mac OSX and pretty much everything else but windows NT, 2k and
XP can not write to NTFS. OSX and Linux will read an NTFS partition but
at this time not write to it. If your drive
is formatted NTFS, I would say, go to a windows machine and convert it
to a FAT 32 Partition. Most everything will both read and write to