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    if i get an external harddrive what do i have to do? how would i go about formatting it? Would an external HDD work with the internal one missing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaydur
    if i get an external harddrive what do i have to do? how would i go about formatting it? Would an external HDD work with the internal one missing?
    you have to read the HDD replacement TUT!!

    it said in the first post

    Harddrive must be formated into Fat32 partition.

    You need a computer that supports LBA48 (48-bit Logical Block Addressing)

    We, the people from this forum recommend,
    DOS FDISK,
    Partition Magic,
    Seagate WD Boot Disc

    which will allow you go past the 137GB limitation on Fat32 partition.


    so if you have a big HDD, get either of these programs and format it using FAT32

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaydur
    if i get an external harddrive what do i have to do? how would i go about formatting it? Would an external HDD work with the internal one missing?
    keep the internal HDD in the ps3 unless you are replacing it with a bigger one; the ext. acts like a mem.stick and the ps3 relies on the int.

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    Try Fat32format:

    http://www.ridgecrop.demon.co.uk/fat32format.htm

    I formatted 250 GB hard drive in fat32 with no problem. However, I couldn't figure out how to paste a 5GB video file to the drive.

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    since it's fat32 you can't, unless you split the video into 2 parts or put it on the internal hdd wich dous not have the 4GB limit.

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    I just got a 500 gig seagate external 7200 RPM. I formatted using Swissknife, only problem I am seeing ATM is SLOW load times tring to view all my files, such as movies, music, ect. It takes about 10 mins just to view all the movies I have stored on it.

    Should i reformat using a differnt program? change the cluster size?

    EQDruid

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    Figured it out...

    It's not the hard drive thats lagging, but the PS3.. It doesn't use enough ram to get all the icons and information fast enough... hoping that they will soon add extra folders, and such so that you can get it to read faster. Or something...

    EQDruid

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    Hi i am kinda new to ps3, i am having a problem, as i have already formatted my external hdd to fat32, and it still will not recognize. I dun know why. Any help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billiel
    Hi i am kinda new to ps3, i am having a problem, as i have already formatted my external hdd to fat32, and it still will not recognize. I dun know why. Any help?
    Make sure your drive in under 500gb, i dont think that the ps3 cant handle anything more than that...

    also Once you format your drive to Fat32 you must have a drive letter, assigned to the drive.

    Also the External Box that you use for the Hard Drive must not be a sata hard drive inside...

    Well on some basis some external controllers do support SATA to USB, but what i relised that some Chinca products and cheap brands dont actually work on the ps3... I use Vantec Nexstar LX with 320GB HDD IDE to USB 2.0

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    format with Gparted Live CD Easy as hell

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