40gb WD Hard Drive In External Case Won't Show Up On PS3

My old Western Digital ATA 40GB hard drive which is formated to FAT32, won't show up on my PS3. I have tried root folders called "VIDEO" and "MUSIC" but they don't work either. Please help. Thanks
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  1. can you transfer your saves to it, if you can't maybe the interface or hdd has compatibility issues, try reformatting it to fat32 and check if there are additional partitions on the drive.
  2. I have reformatted using different methods probably 3 or 4 times to FAT32. There is no other partition. Can you even save your game saves on it when it won't even show up under video and music? Thanks for your reply.
  3. you should be able to, but heres the ps3 folder structure/layout below:


    MUSIC
    Album Name (when copying whole album to drive)
    Song title 01.mp3
    Song title 02.mp3
    Song from another album.mp3 (when copy individual songs)
    PICTURE
    CIMG1387.JPG
    PS3
    EXPORT
    BACKUP (created via PS3 backup feature)
    200911131808 (date backup was performed, format=YYYYMMDDHHMM)
    archive.dat
    archive_00.dat
    archive_[XX].dat
    archive2.dat
    archive2_00.dat
    archive2_[XX].dat
    PSV (PS1/PS2 game saves)
    BESLES-544543032.PSV
    SAVEDATA (PS3 game saves)
    BCES00001_PROFILE
    ICON0.PNG
    PARAM.PFD
    PARAM.SFO
    PROFILE.SAV
    BCES00078-GAMEAUTOSAVE
    ICON0.PNG
    ICON1.PAM
    PARAM.PFD
    PARAM.SFO
    PIC1.PNG
    SND0.AT3
    USERDATA.DAT
    THEME (new in firmware 2.0)
    themename.p3t
    UPDATE (firmware update file)
    PS3UPDAT.PUP
    VIDEO
    Name_of_video.mp4


    I know the ps3 can be fussy with the locations of media files and updates, have you tried backing up your ps3 the process can create folders and verify compatibility, although at the very least it should still show up as a usb connected device in the video, music and pictures section, have you tried the other usb ports on the ps3, also sometimes the ports on certain usb devices can't supply enough power so you need a twin usb cable:

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Twin-USB-2-0-Tape-A-to-Mini-5Pin-Data-Power-Splitter-PSP-Enclosure-Cable-Wire-PC-/270856163980?pt=UK_Computing_USB_Cables&hash=item3f1049128c

    Also if you have a usb hub try using it to see if it makes a difference.
  4. My external case is powered by a wall outlet. I tried both USB ports on my PS3 slim.
  5. If you have a normal thumb drive try that to see if it shows up, if it does then there must be a compatibility issue with the usb mass storage to ide/sata component of the external drive caddy.
  6. sorry about this but what manufacturer and model no# is the usb drive caddy made by.
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