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


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214w 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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Senaxx's Avatar
#60 - Senaxx - 213w ago
Quote Originally Posted by fwydu View Post
edit: spoke too soon, i got an error for a filename being to long when extracting a PSARC from Killzone 2

was your filename to long? or your total path to long? I could happen when you're working @ your desktop instead @ C:\

daniel3006's Avatar
#59 - daniel3006 - 213w ago
I heard that some have problems launching the games after they extracted those files? can someone confirm this?

fwydu's Avatar
#58 - fwydu - 213w ago
the GUI v0.2 would not extract at all, but the CMD version worked flawlessly!

edit: spoke too soon, i got an error for a filename being to long when extracting a PSARC from Killzone 2

Indio's Avatar
#57 - Indio - 213w ago
k, thanks but you or someone have ever tried to transfer the game extracted that don't work in the internal HD to see if it work?

kettenschutz's Avatar
#56 - kettenschutz - 213w ago
uncharted 2 is working fine, here.

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