[Answered] PS3 and 3.0 Ext HD help?
I've been trying for the last 3 days to connect my Western Digital MyBook USB 3.0 2TB external drive to my ps3 slim to no avail.
I've went through hell and back so I wonder if it is even possible? Is the ps3 capable of backward compatibility with this drive?
I know many people have connected a 2.0 usb external to a ps3 but I've googled and asked tech friends,game owners, Sony PS3,WD, Seagate,Buffalo,Adata.You name it.
Yes of course I formatted the whole drive (partition) 935GB into FAT32 using Various software programs; SwissKnife, Acronis, Partition Wizard they all show after completion that the drive was formatted to FAT32.I even tried making folders; VIDEO,PICTURES,MUSIC and still no go.Also formatting the entire drive.
Is there something I'm missing? Is it a chipset issue or a host controller defect on ps3's end? The funny thing is it will read my FAT32 Supertalent usb 3.0 16gb flash drive so I dont know if the flash turns into a 2.0 usb read that ps3 recognizes but it can't do that with the build of an external drive, maybe bc it's just a WD black or blue cavier sata with a controller laned into 3.0 usb ports inserted into a tower.
If anyone has had success with any of the USB 3.0 external drives please let me know the amazing fix. I even thought there may be a difference with the usb 2.0 and 3.0 cables and I would have to switch to a 2.0 to connect to ps3. I'm not leaving any stone unturned.
I contacted sony! ps3 and they escalated it for the next meeting, so they say... WD has no clue and will look into it... Seagate tech support told me right away it isn't supported but didn't say why bc I had to convey questions to the girl on the phone.Buffalo didn't know, so I contacted various retailers in Canada that sell the drives to see if there was any feedback from customers or tech savvy employees.No one seems to know.Yet this could be a simple fix or it might be impossible with ps3's current setup and may be fixed if/when ps4 is released.I doubt a patch or firmware can fix this but you never know.
It would be interesting to see if the ps3 will recognize a SSD in a usb 3.0 enclosure.I have a OCZ Agility 2 SSD new and may try this b4 I install it with my original intention as internal for Windows 7 64 bit OS and media.I also bought an ASUS U3S6 card that comes with 2 usb 3.0 ports.
So once again, thanks for anyone that has had success with these drives and I'll be sure to post any information I receive.
ps. bought same drive with 2.0 data cable, worked perfect.
Sad thing is 3.0 is the standard SOON. and ps3 usb slots only read at very low gb!
I think you can solve this. I had a WD 1TB for a while (before my PS3 and it's gone now) and I was able to remove that partition and use it with my PVR.
The PVR wouldn't use it at first but I used windows device manager to delete that extra partition and then I reformatted and it worked for me.
Try using Disk Manager on windows or another partition util to redo that drive. Or you can try the WD util to write zeros to the drive, then initialize in disk manager, after that create a new fat32 partition or 2 under 1.5 TB in size.
WD disk util here: download.cnet.com/Data-Lifeguard-Diagnostic-for-Windows/3000-2086_4-10972008.html