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


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204w 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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Drakhen's Avatar
#14 - Drakhen - 204w ago
It's amazing how fast this scene has been progressing, I definitely look forward to trying this out, keep up the great work guys..

chrrox's Avatar
#13 - chrrox - 204w ago
hard to know, you can try to look for some references to those sound files in other files to figure out the correct path.

frango9000's Avatar
#12 - frango9000 - 204w ago
i just extracted hawx 2 : "BLUS30488\PS3_GAME\USRDIR\install.psarc"

and it gave me 2 folders i tried placing those 2 folders on the root of the install.psarc

"BLUS30488\PS3_GAME\USRDIR\install\installdata" and "BLUS30488\PS3_GAME\USRDIR\install\installsysdata"

archive i could play but i got no sound, tried this way:

"BLUS30488\PS3_GAME\USRDIR\installdata" and "BLUS30488\PS3_GAME\USRDIR\installsysdata"

no sound either.. which way should i place them? what am i doing wrong?

chrrox's Avatar
#11 - chrrox - 204w ago
This only works for games that look outside their archives for files. Some games will still not work even if they use psarc files if they are not coded to look outside the archive.

Ps this tool was taken from xentax.com.

shummyr's Avatar
#10 - shummyr - 204w ago
Nice Guide and it's nicely documented guys

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