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

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221w 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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#71 - tjay17 - 220w ago
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can you do this with dat files?

#70 - Osirisx - 220w ago
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tried the psarc method with motorstorm 2, the ms2.psarc file was over 4gb so i tryed to split it up the PSARC file.

i even tried to rename it pac22.psarc but every time i droped the file onto PSARC, PSARC crashed. it worked fine when using it with uncharted2 which works fine.

sorry i made a typo with the rename, i renamed it to pak22.psarc still no luck even with the gui versions. all i get is a "working directory" folder created with in the PSARC folder.

#69 - Ecniv - 221w ago
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Well in just a few days I went from n00b to semi amateur thx to guys like you

So keep up the good work!!

#68 - bogchop - 221w ago
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Will we ever see NTFS / HFS+ support in the near future, and avoid playing with files? I'm hopeful

#67 - grupocordao - 221w ago
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I made the first tutorial and it works, Uncharted 2 runs from HD.


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