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Old 12-29-2008, 04:36 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I am looking into an external hard drive to back up all my media on my pc. How and can I format a 1tb hard drive to Fat 32 so it can be read through the ps3? Do I even need to format it?

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Old 12-29-2008, 04:48 PM   #2
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Hey guys, I am looking into an external hard drive to back up all my media on my pc. How and can I format a 1tb hard drive to Fat 32 so it can be read through the ps3? Do I even need to format it?

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if you buy a western digital mybook essentials 1TB drive, it's already formatted as FAT32.. If you buy another brand drive, most come with a utilities disc which will enable you to choose to re-format the drive to the disc format you want..
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Old 12-29-2008, 08:09 PM   #3
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http://tokiwa.qee.jp/EN/Fat32Formatter/

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Old 12-29-2008, 08:39 PM   #4
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Old 12-30-2008, 10:53 AM   #5
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PS3 should add in backing up to a network drive or something by now, or be able to write to NTFS ... Silly Sony haven't added it in.
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Old 12-30-2008, 11:59 AM   #6
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PS3 should add in backing up to a network drive or something by now, or be able to write to NTFS ... Silly Sony haven't added it in.
And as a Mac user, I think it should support HFS+ (and that one they could do for free I believe). I'm sure there are some Linux users out there who could cast their vote for yet another partition format. How many do you think Sony should support?

I'm okay with Sony not wanting to pay the licensing fees to Microsoft for NTFS support. FAT32 gets the job done and doesn't help their competitors.
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PS3 should add in backing up to a network drive or something by now, or be able to write to NTFS ... Silly Sony haven't added it in.
The reason it uses Fat32 are why they don't use NTFS. First of all it works with every computer. Second of all it is much more reliable in Fat32 format than any of the other formats. And third is stated above, they don't have to pay licensing fees to anyone.
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FAT32 is the LEAST reliable format...actually.
But NTFS requires licensing, yes.
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Old 12-30-2008, 05:22 PM   #9
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yeah...that's what I used
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hi cathexist,

Just wanted to know if the hard drive worked ok with your PS3? I am thinking of getting one and have been reading online about formatting it to FAT32 and stuff but no one is posting afterwards to say whether it worked or not, or if they had any problems. Thanks
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The reason it uses Fat32 are why they don't use NTFS. First of all it works with every computer. Second of all it is much more reliable in Fat32 format than any of the other formats. And third is stated above, they don't have to pay licensing fees to anyone.

can your corroborate this. ntfs is by far far more reliable.
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Hey guys, I am looking into an external hard drive to back up all my media on my pc. How and can I format a 1tb hard drive to Fat 32 so it can be read through the ps3? Do I even need to format it?

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plug this into your pc windows if it can read usb/firewire ( it defo should) and you can format to your desired format
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The reason it uses Fat32 are why they don't use NTFS. First of all it works with every computer. Second of all it is much more reliable in Fat32 format than any of the other formats. And third is stated above, they don't have to pay licensing fees to anyone.
NTFS is far, far, far more reliable.

It's also faster, more efficient, and more featured.

But FAT32 is license free, and so has become ubiquitous.

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FAT32 is the LEAST reliable format...actually.
But NTFS requires licensing, yes.
Yes. I have a Mac, and originally wanted to stick to their format (Mac OS Extended) because of the reliability issues with FAT32 (not to mention it's also slower). But after a while, I just wanted to have a single HDD that I could use on my Mac/PC/PS3, so I gave in, and just hope things stay safe.
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can your corroborate this. ntfs is by far far more reliable.
Hmm, people seem to not see what I was getting at, yes the other formats are more reliable, but if you want a format that works with every computer, FAT32 is the easiest and most reliable format. (ie. mac vs pc).
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Hmm, people seem to not see what I was getting at, yes the other formats are more reliable, but if you want a format that works with every computer, FAT32 is the easiest and most reliable format. (ie. mac vs pc).
Different sort of reliable. It would be better to say more portable I think for your intent.

Reliability of FS, in my mind, refers to it's ability to avoid failure and recover from failures.
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hi cathexist,

Just wanted to know if the hard drive worked ok with your PS3? I am thinking of getting one and have been reading online about formatting it to FAT32 and stuff but no one is posting afterwards to say whether it worked or not, or if they had any problems. Thanks
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Isn't there a 4gb size limit on the each file u can put on an Fats32 drive?
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Isn't there a 4gb size limit on the each file u can put on an Fats32 drive?
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Man I wish I had done a search a few days ago when I updated my PS3 hard drive. It would have saved me the time of trying to find a program to Format at Fat32 on Windows XP or Vista. I eventually remembered I had a copy of PartitionMagic 8 in my closet.
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