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20-Oct-2011, 09:04 PM #16
It is formatted to ms-dos(fat) i can plug it in to a pc and a mac and add and play files.

Its only the ps3 that isnt recognizing it.

Is the usb 3.0 the reason? My old drive was usb 2.0 and was perfectly compatible.
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20-Oct-2011, 09:23 PM #17
As mentioned, it cannot be FAT. FAT allows only a maximum of a 2 GB drive, hardly what you need. If any FAT at all, it has to be FAT32 or exFAT.

Yes, a USB 3.0 device may not work correctly on a USB 2.0 interface.
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21-Oct-2011, 06:33 PM #18
Good Afternoon,

MS-DOS is FAT-32
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21-Oct-2011, 06:39 PM #19
MS-DOS is an old operating system. It has nothing to do with hard drives.

But in any case, though USB 3.0 devices should work on USB 2.0 interfaces since they should be backward-compatible, the other way is, of course, not possible since that would require knowledge of the future. It would seem that your device should work, but if it were possible for you to try a USB 2.0 device, that would help in trying to sort this all out.
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23-Oct-2011, 01:39 PM #20
I tried formatting in fat32 using a pc through the cmd line... took hours and finally it finished and said it was too large to format in fat32.


how do i format my 500g wd hard drive?
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