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Old 31-03-2010   #1
"The New Guy"
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PS3 Slim Portable HDD Question


My friend and I both have a PS3 slim model. He can plug his (single USB connection) portable 320g HDD into the front USB slots of his slim PS3 - scroll to the movies, scroll to the portable hdd, hit triangle, hit more information - and he can see all the hdd's contents.

I also want to do this but want to beef up the hdd -> I am interested in purchasing a Western Digital 640 'essential' hdd (also with a single usb/mini usb) connection.

Will this also work on the slim model?

Thanks in advance
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Old 31-03-2010   #2
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Yes, as long as it is formatted in Fat32, your PS3 should recognize it.
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Old 31-03-2010   #3
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Will there be an option to format using fat32 or is this standard?
Excuse my ignorance, I will purchase it from the manufacture; plug it into my win7 laptop and start loading it up. Is there anything that needs to be done/changed?
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Old 31-03-2010   #4
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You won't be able to format the entire hard drive in the FAT32 file system if you're using Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7. All of these Windows operating systems refuse to format to FAT32 if the size of the disk is above 32GB due to NTFS being the preferred operating system for large discs. In normal computing this is fine anyway since FAT32 has some limitations including not being able to hold single files larger than 4GB in size. You'll need an external utility to format the drive. Personally my preference is to use a GParted Live CD, it's open source and free but it can be a complicated process for someone who needs to ask this kind of question (not trying to be insulting but if you're asking this question, GParted isn't for you). But there is a simple utility for this, the HP Format tool. You can get it directly from HP here for free (although I've never tested it on Windows 7 so I can't guarantee it works). Anyway I'll post an image below but it basically looks and works the same way as the Windows utility except it can format any external disk to FAT32, regardless of size.

Oh and if you're wondering what the **** is going on in that image I am running Windows 7 but the format tool was installed into the Windows XP virtual machine (I didn't install it to 7 because I hate installing unnecessary programs to it, virtual machines though are disposable) I was running at the time and I didn't feel like cropping the image before I uploaded it to Photobucket.
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