FAT32 External Hard Drive copying files problem

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  1. billyripkin macrumors 6502

    billyripkin

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    I just formatted a 120gb external hard drive to use with my PS3. I read that it had to be formated at a FAT32 but the problem I am running into is that I cannot copy files larger than 4gb. Is this a problem with my mac or the hard drive format?
     
  2. trs23 macrumors member

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    Fat 32 is limited to 4GB per file.
     
  3. billyripkin thread starter macrumors 6502

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    so does that mean even a 8gb flash drive would not work?
     
  4. billyripkin thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Never mind. I tried buying a 8GB flash drive and the PS3 still does not recognize these files because it has to be FAT32 structure.:mad:
     
  5. skorpien macrumors 68020

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    What files are you copying that are larger than 4 GB? And yeah, I was going to suggest formatting the flash drive as FAT32, but you'll run into the same restrictions with file size...
     
  6. billyripkin thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I have created some AVCHD files larger than 4gb and I have tried burning to dual layer dvd+r, copying to external HD and wirelessly transferring them to the PS3 with no luck. At this point I believe that since the PS3 is formatted FAT32 then it cannot handle any files larger than that.:mad:
     
  7. skorpien macrumors 68020

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    I read somewhere that Red Kawa PS3 Media Center is able to pull the file straight off the computer. Some guy was able to get a file larger than 4 GB on his PS3, but it was behaving weirdly because of the FAT32 file system. Also, he was using a PC. But I don't think it's the Mac's fault at all. I think the limitation's there for good unless they decide to support another format... which would probably require an entire reformat of your PS3 HDD :confused: sorry man...
     

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