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Sony's PS3 to Get Officially Licensed 500GB External Hard Drive


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251w ago - In order to accomodate the Torne digital TV recorder add-on announced for Japan, Sony's PS3 will be getting an officially licensed 500GB external hard drive next month.

PC hardware maker [Register or Login to view links] announced today news of two external hard drives that have been granted official recognition from Sony, which apparently is the first time Sony has granted licensing to hard drive peripherals.

To quote: "Both drives have 500GB capacity and connect to the PS3 via an included USB 2.0 cable. The 14,800 Piano Black HD-AV500U2/SC sits horizontally and has a meter on its front showing remaining space.

The 11,800 Black HD-CL500U2/SC stands vertically but lacks the meter. They're both pre-formatted in a FAT32 format, allowing for immediate connection to the PS3.

In addition to being used as an external recording device for Torne, the drives can also be used for backup and restore of the PS3's internal hard drive, and for saving and playback of videos, pictures and music."







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soultrane's Avatar
#13 - soultrane - 240w ago
The 4GB rule is a filesystem limitation. Whatever software uses these drives would have to handle spanning across multiple files to access more than 4GB. The FAT limitation should not present a problem to the software mentioned in the advertisement.

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#12 - bazza980 - 250w ago
this sounds just like a sky+ box with a 500gig internal might be wrong.. just a thought. I can't see them having an external hdd for fear of sharing tv programs lol.

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#11 - HomePS3guy - 250w ago
did i miss something, or any idea on price in there?

e1ace's Avatar
#10 - e1ace - 250w ago
Quote Originally Posted by Kellog View Post
Is the ext supported only in Linux mode ? I have some HD recordings in my ps3 and it's annoying I can not store them to my 1TB USB drive because of Fat32 filesize limitation (5GB & 9,5 GB files).
I think the ext is only supported in Linux. For the larger HD recording you going to have to stream them over the network. Try PS3 media server.

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#9 - Kellog - 250w ago
Quote Originally Posted by zhixiang View Post
I would expect the official licensed product to support single file bigger than 4gb. This would be very handy when watching x.264 HD video on PS3. But this is pricy for a 500gb external HDD. One is paying extra $$$ for the so-called officially licensed product. In my opinion, not worth the money at all.

Is the ext supported only in Linux mode ? I have some HD recordings in my ps3 and it's annoying I can not store them to my 1TB USB drive because of Fat32 filesize limitation (5GB & 9,5 GB files).

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