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Guide: How to Run PS3 Games with 4+GB Files from External HDD

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226w ago - Today PSGroove has shared details courtesy of [Register or Login to view links] on how to run PS3 games which contain 4+GB files from an external PlayStation 3 FAT32 HDD.

Those interested can check out the guide below, and be sure to share your results in our PS3 JailBreak Game Compatibility List.

To quote: Due to FAT32 limitations users needed to run these games from internal hard drive only. However, it seems that isn't the only option anymore. Many games utilize a file format known as PSARC (*.psarc).

These files ending in .psarc are archive files similar to zip or rar files on PC. By extracting these large archive files and using the smaller files that are inside, users can get stay under the 4GB limit.

This method has been tested on Uncharted II, and will only work on games utilizing the psarc file format.

1) Download PSARC.zip PlayStation Archive Utility (or the PARC GUI v0.1 or the PARC GUI v0.2 update by TeamKidneyBean if you prefer).
2) Extract zlib.net.dll and PSARC.exe to any folder.
3) Find any files more than 4Gb for example /PS3_GAME/USRDIR/build/main/pak22.psarc (5,596,444,529 bytes)
4) Copy pak22.psarc into zlib.net.dll and PSARC.exe directory.
5) Extract pak22.psarc (just drag-n-drop pak22.psarc to PSARC.exe)
6) Now copy pak22 folder with extracted files to gamefolder /PS3_GAME/USRDIR/build/main
7) Now you can delete pak22.psarc.
8) Copy PS3_GAME folder with game to your external fat32 usb hdd GAMEZ/Uncharted2/
9) Use Backup Manager to load game, should work fine.

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#96 - topantita - 6w ago
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I try to find psarc file, but there is no "build" folder in USRDIR folder.. but in this folder i find 5 psarc file (four 1 gb, one 524 mb) what should i do?

the game is Tekken 6, and it doesnt work in ps3 ext hdd...


#95 - Pipila - 6w ago
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#94 - yokurt - 6w ago
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thank you

#93 - windrider42 - 7w ago
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The tutorial is for external hard drive so it works. Psarc tool will split the Main big psarc file, thereby being able to put on external hdd.

Some other >4gb files only need to be split in order to put on external hdd.

#92 - kingkong332 - 7w ago
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dose this work for an external harddrive?

this probably wont work

#91 - NChecker - 8w ago
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#90 - poolshark021 - 8w ago
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#89 - prasila - 9w ago
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i'm very eager to try this method

#88 - ahassan3 - 10w ago
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this is a good guide

#87 - dj1138 - 11w ago
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all you have to do is download ps3tools split file is one of the tools. choose input and output folder press start and thats it


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