Originally Posted by Cyns86
How do I "partition"? Yes, I've created folders, but still the PS3 doesn't read the external. But if I put a Memory Stick in the PS3, it reads perfectly. The indicator light comes on which shows me that the external is working, but it's just not reading on the PS3. Sorry, I'm quite new at all of this, don't know how all this stuff works...
1st question, what did you use to format your USB hard drive to FAT32? If you use Windows, by default it will not allow to format any partition larger than 30GB to FAT32. On Mac, useless you know how to access the partition utility, it will not format to FAT32.
To see partitions on the hard drive, if you use Windows see this guide:http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...disk-partition
Just follow step #1 and #2 to see all the partitions on each hard drive mounted on Windows.
Or this free partitioning software:http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm
If you are unsure what you are doing, don't change or delete anything. All you need to know if when you selected your USB hard drive, it shows only one FAT32 partition that is visible. By default Windows should mount the FAT32 partition so that you can test by creating folders and files to ensure they work. If not, assign a drive letter to it so that you can test it. On Mac it should also auto mount FAT32 partition. I don't think you are using Linux.
As having the USB hard drive indicator light on only means the hard drive detected USB signal from your PS3. Doesn't mean the hard drive is configured properly for PS3 to understand.
Once the USB hard drive has been setup with FAT32 including proper partitioning, the hard drive icon (name depends on your hard drive manufacturer ID) will appear on your PS3 XMB in pictures, music, video, etc.
You also need to put different type of files in specific folders at the root for PS3 to see them by default:http://ps3explained.com/advanced/folder-structure/
If you can get this far, I'll tell you more on other possible issues to know with external USB hard drive.
About extenal USB hard drive compatibility with PS3. I have read some said not all USB hard drives are compatible with PS3. Not sure if it was misconfiguration or really incompatible. I have a lot of USB storages from generic to brand name and never encounter one isn't compatible with PS3 as long the USB storage is properly configured.