PS3 Hard Drive Upgrade Tip (very small tip…)

I originally bought a PlayStation 3 with my first HD TV. It was the best Blu-ray player on the market. It still may be…

Anyway, once my son reached 9 the PS3 soon abandoned me for him. Well, to tell the truth I like watching TV and to get my TV back I found the solution: I gave him the old HD TV and PS3 and put it in the rec room… and a 55″ with new Blu-ray player (no, not as good as the PS3).

Anyway, he discovered downloadable content which soon filled up the 80GB hard drive so he bought a 1TB replacement drive. The actual upgrade went just as well as the PS3 upgrade soon.

However, there is one thing I should note: I have a 500GB GoFlex Pro USB 3 drive that I was using as the media in the backup-restore process. After quickly remembering that the PS3 needs FAT32 not NTFS it took the night to resize the NTFS partition down enough to create a FAT32 partition to backup the PS3. (I had “stuff” on the GoFlex that I didn’t want to copy elsewhere – suffice to say I ended up wasting time….)

The next thing I learned is that the PS3 doesn’t like USB 3. As soon as I changed the GoFlex’s adapter back to USB 2 and everything went fine. So, the tip is: use a USB 2 drive to backup your PS3.

About Mike Pelley

Let’s see… A little about me… I’ve been around information technology since 1983 with computers such as DEC Rainbows (weird machine – the standard DOS couldn’t format its own floppy disks – remember them? – and I had to format them on a friend’s IBM PC) to Radio Shack TRS-80 to Apple ][e and Apple //c in the beginning. I have programmed in 8-bit assembly language on 6502, FORTRAN and COBOL on IBM System/370 (and I still hate JCL), VAX BASIC and COBOL (and a weird and massive WordPerfect 4.0 macro) on DEC VMS (Alpha), C/C++ on Digital Unix (ALPHA), and C/C++, Perl (it may be powerful but I still hate it), PHP on Linux (Red Hat, Centos, Ubuntu, etc.). I have work with databases such as Digital RDB (later to become Oracle RDB), Oracle DBMS, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL and PostgreSQL on VAX, Alpha, Sun and Intel. Check out my professional profile and connect with me on LinkedIn. See I still think that Digital created some of the best ideas in the world: VAX clustering, DSSI disks (forerunner to SCSI) and the Alpha processor (first commercial 64-bit processor – Red Hat screamed on an Alpha!). DEC just could not seem to be able to give air conditioners away to someone lost in the Sahara Desert! VMware is one of the best ways to get the most out of an x64 server. And I have tried Oracle VM, Virtual Box and Microsoft Virtual Server. Outside of that I am a huge military history buff starting in the early 20th century. I love Ford Mustangs (my ’87 Mustang GT was awesome) and if I had the money I would have a Porsche 928S4. If I had a lot of money I would have a Porsche 911 Turbo. I also play too much AmrA 3 Exile mod. Over 5,000+ hours... I have a wonderful son, Cameron. I have a long suffering (Do you really need all that computer junk?) wife, Paula. I live in Paradise, Newfoundland and Labrador.
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