[Answered] Theory for formatting an external drive to allow 4GB plus files
Hi, newbie on here. I'm wondering if somehow we could format external drives in the same way as internal drives using a homebrew app, the PS3 might read off an external drive in this format without much modification.
Ive been thinking about it and have a theory I would like to test if i am able,I would not need homebrew formatting app for this test if it worked.
1. Use a ps3 to format a second 2.5" drive internally
2A. Then take that out put it into pc and zero out any firmware and data on main partition it leaving the disk partition intact (see below)
or 2B. dont modify drive at all and leave ps3 data on it
3. then put it into a external USB caddy and plug into PS3
4. try reading it with comgenie on PS3 and see can I (A)write to it or (B)read the ps3 data on it
Step 2A or 2B is the main part im not sure of as would we be able to see what is data and what is partition boundries and markers, I hope markers and boundries would not be encrypted or maybe we could see a pattern.
I think PS3 be able to see data that it encrypted itself so seeing as it was formatted and encrypted on the same ps3 system it might be readable, then we could maybe use comgenie to delete all files on it. I assume seeing as we can manipulate files on internal drive with comgenie the encryption/decryption is transparent and done on the fly so to speak and would not be a problem?
anyone here got any suggestions or the knowledge and time to help test something like this? I will try testing myself once my avr board arrives (still waiting ) I've heard that some test PS3s read games of a 2nd HDD (BD emu) instead of a bluray disk, what way is this HDD formatted in, is it same as internal,or is it same as a bluray disk? or is it fat32? (doubt its fat32 due to the 4GB limit) is there a app on these ps3s for formatting the second HDD or does it not work like that? another way would be if built in format utility on ps3 could be modded to format external drives in the same way as internal.
P.S. I doubt this would be 100% possible without a firmware patch but it may be easiest way of getting 4GB+ file support without too much work.
Last edited by DeViL303; 09-20-2010 at 04:18 AM
Is it not possible to take a 2.5"sata disk, throw on a sata to ide converter, connect it to a PS2 (yes PS2). use the PS2 to format it, remove it and connect to your PC either via IDE (using the adapter/converter) or via SATA and use PS2Handiness to transfer the data?
The PS3 should theoretically be able to read a PS2 filesystem since it creates a PS2 partition itself on the harddisk for PS2 games.
All we need is the developer to allow copying of directories rather than images.
In theory, i think this should work...