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


185w ago - Today PSGroove has shared details courtesy of inf1 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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plutomic's Avatar
#79 - plutomic - 179w ago
any updates on this program? a little more info on how it works, and how to use it would be nice.

element51's Avatar
#78 - element51 - 180w ago
I have successfully achieved a way to have large files on the external, and it was quite simple honestly.
Are you saying you have to use NZhawks program to make this work? Everyone else: Anyone test this?

I posted this question before finding this thread and everyone says it's been tried and does not work.

nostrebluc's Avatar
#77 - nostrebluc - 180w ago
great resource. I'm just getting into this, and this is a fountain of knowledge.

tulla2010's Avatar
#76 - tulla2010 - 180w ago
ChugIt - its NOT possible to do what you say, I took my internal HDD out of my ps3, put another in & placed the original in a usb caddy. When connected via usb the ps3 doesnt pick it up, unless I take the HDD and make it FAT32 on my laptop.

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#75 - wrkingclasshero - 182w ago
Okay I've got killzone 2 to work with this now. Here's a screenshot of the directory USDIR
Really? I did the same thing you did, and it's telling me that EBOOT.BIN is not valid. Could you upload your EBOOT?













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