PS3 cannot recognize external hard drive.

#1 Posted by Andorski (5191 posts) -

I want to use my new 500GB Western Digital hard drive to back up my PS3 so that I can install a new 2.5" SATA drive, but my PS3 doesn't recognize the external hard drive.  I read that the PS3 cannot recognize storage devices formatted as NTFS, so I reformatted it to exFAT (the only other format choice Windows Vista gave me).  Still, the PS3 won't recognize it.
 
So what can I do to have this external hard drive be compatible with my PS3?

#2 Posted by m1k3 (1325 posts) -

Make sure the the external HDD is FAT32 not exFAT

#3 Posted by DJ_Lae (629 posts) -

It has to be FAT32 - exFAT isn't supported by the PS3. You'll need a third party program to do it in Vista, though, it won't allow you to format FAT32 on its own. 
 
No idea why Sony decided to be backwards and only support FAT32, which is an utterly useless file system for large drives.
#4 Edited by angelkanarias (1440 posts) -

I don't think it supports exFAT. I think it has to be plain FAT32. Anyways, Fat doesn't support files bigger than 4 gigabytes more or less.

#5 Posted by Spacetrucking (942 posts) -
@Andorski: I had a similar issue with my hard drive and had to format a couple of partitions into FAT32. If you have difficulty doing so with the default Windows Disk Manager, I recommend some kind of 3rd party utility.  Personally, I had to use Partition Manager because Win 7 won't let me make a FAT32 drive bigger than 32 gigs (the real limit is 127 gigs, incase you're a fan of huge partitions). 
 
I hope that helps.
#6 Posted by FCKSNAP (2299 posts) -
#7 Posted by WilliamRLBaker (4777 posts) -

^ killjoy has best answer but just incase you dont wanna use a 3rd party program.
 
to get access to the disk manager in vista go to your start button, and right click computer click manage in the popup computer management should pop up, under the list of stuff on the right side, storage should have your disk management program, you then should be able to shrink, delete and such the volume and create one with 32 gigs and format it in fat32.

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