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I have a my book essential 1 tb and i want to view my content on my ps3 but my ps3 does not recognize that i have the my book essential hooked up to it.

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First, make sure that your PS3's firmware is up to date. You can do this by connecting it to the internet and setting it to update. Otherwise you will have to download the update, burn it to CD and then run the CD when powering on your PS3. Some updates can & will completely wipe-out\erase you saves, settings, downloads, & etc. Check out this web-page by Sony: ps3.com. Is your external hard drive formatted in FAT32? That is the only file format that the PS3 will recognize. Most likely, your hard drive is formatted in NTFS; which better supports large storage devices and you can use longer file names with it. I believe it is possible to format your hard drive in FAT32 (when attached to a computer), but the cluster size has to be set to a certain setting. I would suggest partitioning your hard drive into several partitions or drives, and then format those partitions in FAT32. Or just format part of it in FAT32 and the rest of it in NTFS. The PS3 should then recognize the partitions that are in FAT32. Please give feedback as to if this was helpful or not and choose a rating on how helpful you believe this information was.

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