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January 28, 2011 2:44:59 PM

I have a WD MyBook that i want to connect to my PS3. i have it formatted as Fat32 because PS3 wont read NFTS. My querstion is there a way i can save my HD videos that are over 4gb to my external drive without splitting them up? I also have a XBox 360 but i run into the same problem that it only reads Fat32 also. If anyone knows a solution it would be great.

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January 28, 2011 3:02:06 PM

From the least reliable authority, Wikipedia:
The maximum possible size for a file on a FAT32 volume is 4 GiB minus 1 byte or 4,294,967,295 (232−1) bytes. Video applications, large databases, and some other software easily exceed this limit. Larger files require another formatting type such as NTFS.

It's a limitation of FAT32, and I don't think that there is a workaround. Even if there is a workaround for, say, XP, you'd need one for your XBOX and for your PS3. Is it a hardship to split them up, or do you just want to avoid the extra step if it's a waste of your time?
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January 28, 2011 3:28:25 PM

If your files are encoded using a format that the PS3 can use, like mpeg, you can stream the movies to your PS3 from your computer using WMP11 or by using a 3rd party program like tversity, or any media server that supports DLNA
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January 28, 2011 3:37:38 PM

If you save the videos using an AVCHD container then they will be split into smaller chunks, but will play as if they are one large file. That lets you store them on a FAT-formatted volume.

(I know nothing about the PS3, I'm assuming it can play AVCHD as it's a very standard HD file format).
January 28, 2011 3:39:05 PM

im trying to avoid splitting them up i have like 50+ movies.
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January 28, 2011 4:25:01 PM

sminlal said:
If you save the videos using an AVCHD container then they will be split into smaller chunks, but will play as if they are one large file. That lets you store them on a FAT-formatted volume.

(I know nothing about the PS3, I'm assuming it can play AVCHD as it's a very standard HD file format).


Yes, it supports AVCHD. Its upports these formats:

The following types of files can be played under (Video).

* Memory Stick Video Format
* - MPEG-4 SP (AAC LC)
* - H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile (AAC LC)
* - MPEG-2 TS(H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, AAC LC)
* MP4 file format
* - H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile (AAC LC)
* MPEG-1 (MPEG Audio Layer 2)
* MPEG-2 PS (MPEG2 Audio Layer 2, AAC LC, AC3(Dolby Digital), LPCM)
* MPEG-2 TS(MPEG2 Audio Layer 2, AC3(Dolby Digital), AAC LC)
* MPEG-2 TS(H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, AAC LC)
* AVI
* - Motion JPEG (Linear PCM)
* - Motion JPEG (μ-Law)
* AVCHD (.m2ts / .mts)
* DivX
* WMV
* - VC-1(WMA Standard V2)

http://manuals.playstation.net/document/en/ps3/current/...
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