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Does my external hard drive need to be formatted to be recognized....

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August 19, 2011 6:38:12 AM

by an 360 or PS3? i got a WD My Passport 1TB and tried to see if i could watch movies though my 360 but it wasnt recognized.
a c 87 G Storage
August 19, 2011 9:08:47 AM

I found this, if accurate makes using a hard drive with a 360 pretty useless. Highlights are:
- only up to 16GB
- Format must be FAT32 (FAT32 can only access files up to 4GB)
This appears to be confirmed at Wikipedia:

If correct, you'd likely only want to use a thumb drive of up to 16GB formatted as NTFS (so watching a BluRay rip of more than 4GB won't work). Really Microsoft? Really? WTF.

Sony PS3:
It also appears to use only FAT32 (why,whywhy?)

I don't know if there is a drive limit size for the PS3.

Media Serving:
Both drives support a different method and that is using a networked device that can act as a Media Server (probably needs to be DLNA certified). Apparently it can't just be a networked hard drive it must be able to act as a media server.

I haven't looked around but you might try looking at Western Digital and see if they have any networked devices that can act as Media Servers. Your setup would look like this:

1) ROUTER (may be installed in a Gateway/modem device)
2) use either wi-fi or Ethernet (may be able to have one device on wi-fi and another on Ethernet). Wi-Fi may be too slow to stream high-def video.
3) XBox 360
4) Media Serve capable network hard drive device

The Western Digital "My Book Live" may be the best device for streaming media throughout a house. It is compatible with computers, the XBox 360, PS3 and other devices:

Best solution

a b î Playstation
a c 371 G Storage
August 19, 2011 11:50:39 AM

I own a PS3, and I can definitely say external drives MUST use FAT32. I don't remember what the size limit is, but I do believe that FAT32 can be up to 2Tb so I'm sure the PS3 can probably use 2Tb. I can also say that the PS3 does support DLNA.

Windows has a limit to the size of it's FAT32 volumes. I used this utility to create a 300 gig FAT32 partition that I use for my PS3 backups, music, and movies.
March 12, 2013 1:03:09 PM

i've used a 500gb WD passport on my Xbox 360 and it worked perfectly; however, i've now got a 1.5tb WD passport and it won't recognize it.
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