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July 28, 2010 10:48:17 PM

Hello,

I need to format a Seagate Momentum 2.5" 500 GB hard drive for use in my PS3. It has SATA connection and runs at 5400 RPM so compatability isn't an issue. However, it needs to be formatted to FAT32 for the file system before I install it into my PS3.

Can I format the drive with my desktop? I'm thinking I should just be able to disconnect my secondary HDD in my computer and connect the drive, and format it correct?

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July 28, 2010 11:15:03 PM

I'm running Windows 7.
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July 28, 2010 11:20:59 PM

Yes you can.
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July 29, 2010 6:49:34 AM

Ok, so what I'm planning to do is use the SATA cable from my secondary HDD in my Desktop and purchase a 4 pin molex to 16 pin SATA power connector.

I shouldn't need to worry about frying my 2.5" drive during the process, is this correct?

I am going to try connecting the drive internally, because I initially used an external enclosure, but for some reason when it connected to my PC via the USB port, Windows would only recognize it as a 20 MB hard drive????

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July 29, 2010 6:55:24 AM

Anyone know why it was recognized as 20 MB capacity by windows through the external enclosure?
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July 29, 2010 8:04:37 AM

Canadacorps said:
Ok, so what I'm planning to do is use the SATA cable from my secondary HDD in my Desktop and purchase a 4 pin molex to 16 pin SATA power connector.

You don't have a spare SATA power connector on your PSU?
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July 29, 2010 1:25:28 PM

jsc said:
You don't have a spare SATA power connector on your PSU?


Nope it's a self-build from like 4-5 years ago. the power supply comes with MOLEX power plugs only. (well, as far as I could see from looking at it briefly last night)
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July 29, 2010 2:04:06 PM

The PS3 has a proprietary format. Just put it in the PS3 and have it format the disk for you.

Only drives attached via the PS3's USB ports need to be FAT32.
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July 29, 2010 5:13:52 PM

Not true, according to PlayStation Support. I called them and verified that the drive won't format in the PS3 because it is RAW.

Then, just to test, I tried putting it in the ps3. It would get to 76 percent of the format process and simply quit.

Anyways, I tried connecting my 2.5" drive to my desktop after removing my usual secondary drive, and I get to the windows screen and then a blue screen error quickly flashes and the computer reboots. ARGH!! I'm so frustrated by this whole process.
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July 29, 2010 7:51:39 PM

I bought a brand new 250 gig drive from Newegg and had no problem installing & formatting it in the PS3. As far as i understand, new drives are raw.
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July 30, 2010 3:08:57 AM

Could be that the rep didn't know what they were talking about.

I recently found out that the issue is the 3.41 version of the software does not work when you are trying to install a new HDD. Sony "says" they are working to fix it, but I fear I may have a useless PS3 until they issue a new software update (and even then, hope and pray that it fixes the issue!)
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July 30, 2010 11:10:16 AM

I upgraded mine a few months ago while still on version 3.40.

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Could be that the rep didn't know what they were talking about.


Sounds like it. If you watch any of the youtube upgrade videos or read any of the upgrade manuals, none say to preformat the hard drive before installing.

Good luck to you.
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