Fortunately, players can simply connect an external hard drive to the console’s USB port and use it to free up space on the internal drive. One thing to remember is that the hard drive must be formatted to use it – this means everything on the hard drive will be erased before you can use it.
The PS3 is compatible with almost every 2.5 inch SATA notebook hard drive. 5400 and 7200 RPM drives should work fine. The physical size of the hard drive is important as it must fit into the PS3’s 2.5″ drive bay.
But the common reason should be the file system: You need to make sure the external hard drive is in MBR and FAT32 is the first partition (actually the PS3 can’t recognize the hard drive, it’s also half FTFS and half FAT32). You’d better make FAT32 a logical partition than a primary partition.
How big a hard drive can I put in a PS3? You should make sure it is a 2.5″ drive with a height of 9.5mm or less. As for the capacity, the maximum capacity supported by the PS3 seems to be 1TB.
Fortunately, gamers can simply plug an external hard drive into the console’s USB port and use it to free up space on the internal drive. One thing to remember is that the hard drive must be formatted to use it – this means everything on the hard drive will be erased before you can use it.
Seagate® Game Drive for PlayStation is a 2TB internal hard drive to upgrade the standard hard drive in your PS3 or PS4. With 2TB on your PlayStation 3 or 4, you have enough storage space to install over 50 PlayStation games. 1 This way you can keep your favorite games, downloadable content and a huge multimedia library.
While this is true of virtually every gaming console on the market, PlayStation 3 is unique in that you can upgrade the stock hard drive with any type of replacement you want – and that includes state-of-the-art state-of-the-art SSD technology (Solid State Disk).
On the XMB, navigate to Game, then scroll down to Saved Data Utility (PS3). Select it and then scroll down to the game you want to save saves for. Press the triangle on your controller and select the Copy option. Select USB device and your game will be backed up to your external drive.
In order to play games smoothly, PS3 USB formats must be FAT32. Since most new USB flash drives come with an NTFS file system, you need to format it to FAT32 or convert NTFS to FAT32.
If you want to pick up where a friend left off in a game, borrow his or her MLB franchise, or play your game on a friend’s PS3, you can do it all with a USB drive. Plug in your USB drive and go to your saves in the game menu. Find the game you want to broadcast and click the Options button.
It’s rare for a console to get a spec upgrade in the middle of its life. However, Sony has been secretly updating the PS3 over the last few months to unlock additional usable RAM for developers.