Help formatting ext HD for PS3?

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    Big Stevie

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    I can't get my ext HD to be recognised on my PS3 Slim.

    Ive just bought a WD My Passport 1TB HD that I want to be able to use between my MacBook & PS3 for videos and photos. I understand I need to reformat it to FAT32, so my PS3 can recognise it.

    In Disc Utility I get the options of reformatting to exFAT or MS-DOS. Ive tried both but I can't get my HD to be recognised on my PS3.

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    Ive tried creating partitions, but it still doesnt work.

    Any suggestions please?
     
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    mankar4

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    Big Stevie

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    Thanks mankar4, I think Ive already tried that, but I'll give it another go to be sure[​IMG]
     
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    GGJstudios

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    MS-DOS (FAT) is FAT32.

    Format A Hard Drive Using Disk Utility (which is in your /Applications/Utilities folder)

    Choose the appropriate format:

    HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended (Journaled) Don't use case-sensitive)

    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
      [*]To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X, here are some alternatives:
      • For Mac OS X 10.4 or later (32 or 64-bit), install Paragon ($19.95) (Best Choice for Lion and Mountain Lion)
      • For Mac OS X 10.5 and later, including Lion, FUSE for OS X
      • For 32-bit Mac OS X, install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free) (does not work in 64-bit mode)
      • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx $36), which is an enhanced version of NTFS-3G with faster performance.
      • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard and later versions, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
    • You can use this format if you routinely share a drive with multiple Windows systems.

    exFAT (FAT64)
    • Supported in Mac OS X only in 10.6.5 or later.
    • Not all Windows versions support exFAT. See disadvantages.
    • exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table)
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support exFAT
    • Maximum file size: 16 EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 64 ZiB
    • You can use this format if it is supported by all computers with which you intend to share the drive. See "disadvantages" for details.

    FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
      [*]Maximum file size: 4GB.
    • Maximum volume size: 2TB
    • You can use this format if you share the drive between Mac OS X and Windows computers and have no files larger than 4GB.
     
  5. Stooby Mcdoobie, Jan 9, 2013
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    Stooby Mcdoobie

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    The external has to follow a certain file/folder structure for the PS3 to display the files (or press triangle -> display all, but this is better imo). You have to keep movies in a folder called VIDEO, pictures in a folder called PICTURE, and music in a folder called MUSIC. For example:

    MUSIC
    song1.mp3​
    song2.mp3​
    VIDEO
    movie1.mp4​
    movie2.avi​
    PICTURE
    pic1.jpg​
    pic2.png​

    Also, check out PS3 Media Server. It's a wonderful app that allows you to stream/copy stuff to your PS3 wirelessly.
     
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    Big Stevie

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    Thanks, Ive got the PS3 Media Server working that streams content to my PS3, but I really want to copy files over to the ext HD for back up as well as copying over to the PS3, I shall give things another go tomorrow morning :)
     

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