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    External Hardrives on ps3

    Question if i got a external Hardrive to store home movies music etc, could i simply plug it into the ps3 and be able to stream off it and also save to it.
    I know it has a 60 gig drive but i would want this for other media i have.
    Thankyou for all responces in advance.

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    Thats a good question it should work but it may not be able to if the hard drive is formated for windows
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    There is no such thing as "formatted for windows". You format it to a specific file system. Weather or not Windows is compatable, and can read/write in that format doesn't matter.

    As long as it's NTFS or FAT32 or something I imagine it will be able to read fine.
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    Yes i think you can.Thats the beauty of an "open" system ^^
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    It's not so simple though. I doubt that the OS in the PS3 can handle NTFS, and FAT32 is pretty damn old and crummy file system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Organic_Shadow View Post
    There is no such thing as "formatted for windows". You format it to a specific file system. Weather or not Windows is compatable, and can read/write in that format doesn't matter.

    As long as it's NTFS or FAT32 or something I imagine it will be able to read fine.
    i don't know about that. it's been a couple of years since i've tried to read NTFS-formatted drives from my linux partition (because i no longer dual-boot but just have a separate linux box), but the last time i got it working, it was no walk in the park. at that point, few linux distros had "out-of-the-box" NTFS compatibility... they had to be told how to read the NTFS file system. there's a good chance that may have changed since - many more distros might offer NTFS support - but since ps3 is a sony console and MS is its biggest competitor, it's far from automatic that whatever flavor of linux (i hope it's debian-based ) is installed on ps3 is going to be able to read/write windows file formats.
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    I would imagine some compatability issues would arise. Sony is claiming it to be a multimedia center PC, so maybe you might be able to connect an external drive and through the PS3 interface, you might be able to access it. With linux installed, I think there will be less issues.

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    Be-gone 60GB HDD. Hello 2.5 Terabyte HDD.

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    you can just bung in some Laptop HDD drive... just like how any 3.5" HDD can go into the PS2... Pre-Slimline.
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    i dont think so. because remember sony saying something about upgradable hard drive like 100gb 120gb. so most likely not.

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    yes you can, a hdd doesn't have it own software. it could be plug and use in any kind of system that is similar to a computer and have a hdd reading ability.

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    Use VFAT on a Cell server so that way Linux, Windows, and the PS3 can all use the same media files.

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    There is a questions sticky to discuss this in.

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