My PS3 recognizes my old external hard drive but not my new one (same brand). Why?
Connect the hard drive to your computer using a USB cord.heck 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.3 FAT32 has a limit of 3.9 Gigabytes per file, which means some high quality HD movies might have to be split into smaller files, and that makes it less than ideal for some HD content.4 Please read this entire step before attempting - going into the command prompt is for advanced users only. It is recommended that you instead use HP's freeware tool "HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool" instead of following this step which shows you how to manually format your drive.Note that on all of these systems the ormating process will take considerable time (possibly hours) depending on the size of the Hard Drive. This is normal, just be patient.Windows Users Using the following method you can only format a drive to FAT32 up to 32GB in size.[This requires confirmation as I thought that was only true during windows setup? 8TB format is technically possible with FAT32] Freeware such as EASEUS Partition Manager allow you to format the entire drive as FAT32, whereas windows and other programs like SwissKnife v3 will limit it to 32GB and 393GB respectively. If the file system type is "NTFS", right click and select "Delete Partition" or "Delete Volume" for Vista.Recreate the partition but do NOT format it. Make sure you assign a drive letter (for this Tutorial, we'll use H:)Format the drive by going to the command prompt (Vista, right click on Command Prompt in Start>All Programs>Accessories 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 might not work on XP for a large hard drive - you may have to use a third-party formatting utility like like the HP Utility noted above. If you receive an error message stating that the drive does not exist or cannot be found, it is likely that Vista has formatted the drive to "NTFS". Use the Disk Management screen to delete this partition again choosing the option to not format the partition then use the command line format command again. Mac OS X Users 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.Mac OS X Leopard Users Open /Application/Utilities/Disk Utility.app, pick the drive and click on the 'Partition' tab. Pick '1 Partition,' for the Volume Scheme, and 'MS-DOS (FAT),' for the Format. Click the 'Options...' button (near the bottom) and select 'Master Boot Record.' Press 'Okay' and then 'Apply 5 Open "My Computer" and double-click on your empty external hard drive.6 Create a folder system identical to that on the Playstation 3. All folder names must be in capital letters. In the root directory of your drive, create folders named "PICTURE", "MUSIC", and "VIDEO". If you do not create these folders, your media files will not display when selecting the USB drive on your PS3, although you can access them if you press the triangle button and select "display all". If you will also be storing backups, save game data or themes, create a folder called "PS3" with folders called "EXPORT", "SAVEDATA", and "THEME" inside 7 Load all the music you want into your music folder, all the video you want into your video folder, and all the photos you want into your picture folder. Your game folder should still be empty.8 Disconnect the hard drive by clicking the green checkmark in the icon list and the bottom right hand corner of the screen and select "Safely remove Disconnect the hard drive by clicking the green checkmark in the icon list and the bottom right hand corner of the screen and select "Safely remove. Once your computer tells you "*** drive can now be safely removed", unplug the hard drive from your computer.10 connect the hard drive to your Playstation 3 and use the extra space to save information and access all your extra content saved on your external hard drive.11 In order to make your new HDD recognized by PS3, you must make sure that: First, the file system is FAT32 or NTFs. If it is NTFs, you should convert it to FAT32 with an NTF converter.Second, make sure your PS3 firmware is the latest version. If it's not, download the latest firmware from the Playstation website and put it on a memory stick to transfer to your PS3 via a USB port. This will be recognized by the PS3 and will be used in the process of setting up your new hard drive. You should also put your FAT32 partition as the first partition on your HDD, as only this can be recognized by PS3.
Oct 16, 2011 |
Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console