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.