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Copying Files to PS3

How do I copy files from my external USB HDD to my PS3 HDD?

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  • woodenpickle May 19, 2009

    i did as u said above , formatting the drive, it took about 10 hours then said drive too big for fat32, does it need partitioned down, then formatted that way?


  • Ben Wabnick
    Ben Wabnick May 11, 2010

    Has your external HDD been formatted using FAT32?

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    When I copy a file, like an episode of a show for instance that's only about 400mb, when it says:

    "Copying... please wait"

    and under neath the bar it just keeps raising the file size and doesn't actually copy the file... it keeps going up way past 400mb up to about 800mb when I get fed up with it and start over.
    is there a way to fix this so it actually copies my files?

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Check what the "File System" type is by going to Start, Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Computer Management, Disk Manager. Select the external drive and read the "File System" type. The file system type must be "FAT32" in order for the Playstation to recognize it.

  • If the file system type is "NTFS", right click and select "Delete Partition" or "Delete Volume" for Vista.
  • then recreate the partition but do NOT format it. Make sure you assign a drive letter (for this Tutorial, we'll use h:)
  • If you are running Windows, format the drive by going to the command prompt (Vista, right click on command prompt in start menu and click "run as administrator")and type in "format h: /FS:FAT32" (without the quotes). You may need to substitute your drive letter. (note this will not work on XP for a large hard drive - you will have to use a third party formatting utility)
  • If you are using Mac OS X, open /Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility.app, pick the drive, and click on the 'Erase' tab. Pick 'MS-DOS (FAT)' for the file system type, and click on the 'Erase' button. This will reformat the drive in FAT-32.

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