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PS3's only read FAT32 USB's however movies over 4GB cannot be transferred to a FAT32 USB. I have reformatted to NTFS but the PS3 does not read this

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If you have files that are over 4GB they are not supported on the PS3, this may include 1080p HD quality video that you want to play on your Playstation 3 and cannot because the current FAT file structure does not support files more than 4GB. The answer would be a PS3 firmware update to support the NTFS file system, then you could play 4GB plus video files on your PS3.

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