PS3 not regconizing my seagate external hard drive?

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#1 Posted by Venz (214 posts) -

my seagate external hard drive is fairly new, but my ps3 doesnt seem to recongnize it...

Is the ps3 suppose to read to all the files and put them in into the ctergory automatically or do I have to create folders like: music, video and pictures on the external harddrive?

because, when I connect my harddrive, the ps3 reads,but i cant find the files anywhere

#2 Posted by 814StopsToday (1390 posts) -
It won't work if the hard drive is formatted in FAT 32, sorry
#3 Posted by RFNeo (233 posts) -

It won't work if the hard drive is formatted in FAT 32, sorry814StopsToday

Good, then in which format does it have to be formatted? Because mine is in NTFS and does not work either.

#4 Posted by nuno_faria (88 posts) -

Try this: Hit triangle (options) --> show all

#5 Posted by eclipsed4utoo (10578 posts) -

[QUOTE="814StopsToday"]It won't work if the hard drive is formatted in FAT 32, sorryRFNeo

Good, then in which format does it have to be formatted? Because mine is in NTFS and does not work either.

he is wrong. The drive MUST BE formatted in FAT32 for it to be able to work.

#6 Posted by l34052 (3068 posts) -
Why on earth would anyone still use FAT32 formatting on any HDD internal or external???
#7 Posted by WongB (1701 posts) -
Maybe it's the other way around and that your Seagate doesn't recognize your PS3???
Ever think of that??? :question:
#8 Posted by RFNeo (233 posts) -

Why on earth would anyone still use FAT32 formatting on any HDD internal or external???l34052

Perhaps because NTFS is propietary of Microsith? I am not sure.

#9 Posted by eclipsed4utoo (10578 posts) -

[QUOTE="l34052"]Why on earth would anyone still use FAT32 formatting on any HDD internal or external???RFNeo

Perhaps because NTFS is propietary of Microsith? I am not sure.

both were created by Microsoft.

#10 Posted by RFNeo (233 posts) -
That's not what I said. I was wondering if NTFS was under some kind of restriction by Microsith.
#11 Posted by ironstealth86 (54 posts) -
ownload "swissknife"(google it)and format the drive in fat32
#12 Posted by eclipsed4utoo (10578 posts) -

That's not what I said. I was wondering if NTFS was under some kind of restriction by Microsith.RFNeo

nope. FAT32 is good for using multiple OS's...so that could be one reason.

#13 Posted by Venz (214 posts) -

Try this: Hit triangle (options) --> show all

nuno_faria

what you mean? under music? hit triangle? tried it, doesnt work...

#14 Posted by drunkhelix (1 posts) -
I own a Seagate 80gb external hardrive completely formated in fat32. My Playstation 3 will not recognize a hardrive being present when I hook it up via USB cable. However I have instant confirmation when I hook it up to the laptop. I even made a PS# folder with the different file types such as PS3->Video etc. Although I understand that would not effect whether or not it was recognized by the PS3. My question is, are there maybe drivers that are neccasary to download (probably not possible) so that the ps3 can recognize things like USB 2.0? I'm still learning the technical basics but anyone with information would be greatly appreciated.
#15 Posted by mrpear (222 posts) -

i had the same problem with my hard drive. your ps3 should know that it's connected, but like you said, it cant find the files in the storage device. so before you go into the storage device, press triangle while on it and it'll give you an option to display all files. it should be there.

[QUOTE="nuno_faria"]

Try this: Hit triangle (options) --> show all

Venz

what you mean? under music? hit triangle? tried it, doesnt work...

#16 Posted by email2003 (3529 posts) -
Dude, you have to format the drive with FAT32.
#18 Posted by solidsnake798 (89 posts) -

i've a problem. my 60gb ps3 it had the yellow light of death problem. i bought a 40gb one and i can´t recober my saves. if i insert my 60gb hdd into a computer it says i have to format it, if i insert it into my 40gb ps3 it says the same. and if i use an sata to usb adapter it doesn't recognize it. does anyone ones what i can do????

But my ps3 does see my father's external usb, i even made a back up of my 40gb ps3. i don't know wich brand it's, i only know it's not seagate

#19 Posted by Tommyaw (1 posts) -
Hi there, I have the EXACT same problem as you did, right now. How did you solve the problem pal ?
#20 Posted by b_assy12 (1 posts) -
Hey ppl Ive just brought a seagate expansion for my ps3 / xbox 360 works fine on 360 but not on the ps3 im going to try the triangle thing and see if that works but as far as i was aware when i brought it he said just format to fat32 and u can use it for your ps3 that was a tech from jb hi fi........
#21 Posted by conistant (2169 posts) -
The hard disk needs to be in FAT32 format and the files must be placed in MUSIC,PHOTO,VIDEO and GAME folder respectively.Files bigger than 4gb will not get copied on FAT32 HDD.I think sony chose this format to prevent piracy.
#22 Posted by kramer_inc (1293 posts) -

I have 4 external h/d and formatted all to fat32 and all work seamlessly

#23 Posted by wiirockswii (37 posts) -

Whats a good drive?

Western Digial?

Seagate?

Does it matter. Do we hook it up the same way?

#24 Posted by bigal47 (2 posts) -
hi i see you need help so dont listen to people who dont know what they are talking about. ok ? go to http;//m.wikihow.com/Add-an-External-Hard-Drive-to-a-PlayStation-3. i hope this helps book mark this site incase others need to know too. good luck dude later ;-)
#25 Posted by bigal47 (2 posts) -
good for you http;//m.wikihow.com/Add-an-External-hard-drive-to-a-playstation-3. pass it on to those who need it too.
#26 Posted by mark081079 (74 posts) -

Ive got a 1tb WDexternal hardrivethats formatted to FAT32 works great. Just have your folders set up as others have posted above. VIDEOS, MUSIC, THEMES etc

#27 Posted by nono_error2011 (2 posts) -
Can anyone help me ? I bought a 2TB Seagate Expansion External Drive for my PS3 but when i connected it..nothing showed up on PS3..I also tried formatting to FAT32 with EASEUS Partition but still nothing worked! Ideas Appreciated :)
#28 Posted by lordoftheleft (148 posts) -

Did you format the drive using XP? XP {I'm not sure but I think Vista as well] doesn't allow formating a hard drive to FAT32 if it is larger than 30 gigs. it will just format it to NTFS instead. You could either make multiple 30 gig pertitions or use third party software to format such as this http://files.extremeoverclocking.com/file.php?f=197

#29 Posted by nono_error2011 (2 posts) -
I Format with windows 7 to FAT32 because it was NTFS plugged it into my PS3 but nothing happened ???
#30 Posted by shaunchgo (4605 posts) -
It won't work if the hard drive is formatted in FAT 32, sorry814StopsToday
This information is FALSE. The hard drive "MUST" be formatted in FAT 32.
#31 Posted by -Y2J- (1000 posts) -
select your hdd, press tringle then display all.
#32 Posted by meatious60 (1 posts) -
I set up my external hard drive on my mac. now my external hard drive doesn't show up on my playstation to watch movies. how do i fix this.