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I have problem with PS3 USB 2.0/3.0?


When i plug my USB 3.0 External hard drive to use with my PS3, the PS3 doesn’t find it easily. I should move the plug until the PS3 sees it and reads it. and this process is getting harder every time.

Is it normal?

The HD is WD, USB 2.0/3.0 compatible as it says on it’s box.

Thanks in Advance for the comments

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  1. Did you format the HDD before plugging it into your PS3 USB port? If not, the PS3 will not recognize unless the HDD has been formatted with file format protocol FAT32!

    To format your ext HDD do the following!

    1. Connect the ext HDD to your PC via your PC’s USB port!

    2. Next, open your “Start” menu and click on the following string of menu options: “Control Panel,” “Administrative Tools,” “Computer Management” and “Disk Manager.”

    3. Select the external hard drive and give attention to the type of “File System.” If it reads “NTFS,” then right-click it and choose “Delete Partition.” This will ensure the partition you use is “FAT32.” If it’s not “FAT32,” then proceed to Step 4. If it is “FAT32,” then move on to Step 5.

    4. Run an Internet search for “CompuApps Swiss Knife.” You’ll find the official website within the first few search results. Simply enter the site and download the free application. Once downloaded, install the program and run it. When you’re inside the program, choose the external hard drive that needs to be partitioned. Configure the settings in the following manner: “Partition Type-Primary,” “File System-FAT32” and “Volume Label.” Choose “Create” and your FAT 32 partition will be set up. Proceed to Step 5.

    5. Open “My Computer” and click twice on your empty external PS3 hard drive. Right click within this area, move your cursor down to “New,” and select “Folder.” Name this folder “Photo.” Repeat this process to create three more new folders: “Music,” “Video” and “Game.” This will ensure the folders on your external hard drive are identical to those on your PS3.

    6. Click the green arrow in the bottom right corner of your screen to remove and choose “Safely Remove.” Unplug your external PS3 hard drive once a message appears indicating it’s safe to do so.

    7. Connect your external hard drive to your PS3 and enjoy.

    Hope this helps you!

  2. It must first be formatted as FAT32 as Pahde3 stated. There is a *much* easier method than the steps he provided — just download Fat32Formatter and run it:

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    No installation required.

    If after that the PS3 still doesn’t properly recognize it, then it may because it’s USB 3.0, which the PS3 can’t always properly recognize 3.0 devices, even if a device may be 2.0 compatible. I helped with a similar question a while back and it turned out it couldn’t read it because of the 3.0 feature.

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