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Hey guys. Just posting for one of my good friends. He just purchased an external 750Gig HDD that he wants to connect to his PS3. The PS3 only reads the FAT32 file system (which is totally stupid but anyway). He's tried Partition Magic and that doesn't let him make a FAT32 partition larger than 200 Gig. Is there a way/program to make a FAT32 partition for the full size of his HDD?

Thanks guys.
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32GB is limit for FAT32
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32GB is limit for FAT32
Sorry mate, no it isn't. That's just a Windows imposed limit.
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FAT32 is a disk formatting scheme which allows a maximum file size of 4 GB. Larger files require another formatting type such as HFS+ or NTFS.

In order to overcome the volume size limit of FAT16, while still allowing DOS real-mode code to handle the format without unnecessarily reducing the available conventional memory, Microsoft decided to implement a newer generation of FAT, known as FAT32, with cluster counts held in a 32-bit field, of which 28 bits are used to hold the cluster number, for a maximum of approximately 250 million (228) clusters. This would allow for drive sizes of up to 8 terabytes with 32K clusters, but the boot sector uses a 32 bit field for the sector count, limiting volume size to 2TB on a hard disk with 512 byte sectors.

On Windows 95/98, due to the version of Microsoft's ScanDisk utility included with these operating systems being a 16-bit application, the FAT structure is not allowed to grow beyond around 4 million (< 222) clusters, placing the volume limit at 127.53 gigabytes.[6]. A limitation in original versions of Windows 98/98SE's Fdisk causes it to incorrectly report disk sizes over 64GB.[7] A corrected version is available from Microsoft. These limitations do not apply to Windows 2000/XP except during Setup, in which there is a 32GB limit.[8] Windows ME supports the FAT32 file system without any limits.[9]

FAT32 was introduced with Windows 95 OSR2, although reformatting was needed to use it, and DriveSpace 3 (the version that came with Windows 95 OSR2 and Windows 98) never supported it. Windows 98 introduced a utility to convert existing hard disks from FAT16 to FAT32 without loss of data. In the NT line, native support for FAT32 arrived in Windows 2000. A free FAT32 driver for Windows NT 4.0 was available from Winternals, a company later acquired by Microsoft. Since the acquisition the driver is no longer officially available.

Windows 2000 and Windows XP can read and write to FAT32 file systems of any size, but the format program included in Windows 2000 and higher can only create FAT32 file systems of 32 GB or less. This limitation is by design[6] and was imposed because many tasks on a very large FAT32 file system become slow and inefficient.[10] The limitation can be bypassed with third-party formatting utilities.
The maximum possible size for a file on a FAT32 volume is 4 GB minus 1 Byte (232−1 bytes). Video capture and editing applications and some other software can easily exceed this limit. Until mid-2006, those who run dual boot systems or who move external data drives between computers with different operating systems had little choice but to stick with FAT32. Since then, full support for NTFS has become available in Linux and many other operating systems, by installing the FUSE library (on Linux) together with the NTFS-3G application. Data exchange is also possible between Windows and Linux by using the Linux-native ext2 or ext3 file systems through the use of external drivers for Windows, such as ext2 IFS; however, Windows cannot boot from ext2 or ext3 partitions.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_Al...on_Table#FAT32
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Get what you can out of that. I remember when I wen't through A+ 32GB was limit on windows.
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Mate, sorry but that's a WINDOWS IMPOSED LIMITATION. Thanks for your help anyway mate lol

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This would allow for drive sizes of up to 8 terabytes with 32K clusters, but the boot sector uses a 32 bit field for the sector count, limiting volume size to 2TB on a hard disk with 512 byte sectors.
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I had to this also with my 500GB external to get it to work with the PS3. I used PartitionMagic (I think).

The only REAL limitation to FAT32 that I've experienced so far is that you cannot move an individual file to the HDD that is over 4GB large. Anything under that, like mp3's and most avi's, etc, will transfer just fine.

As a side note for when you get it up and running, you'll want to put all the music into ONE folder (called MUSIC) and all your video into ONE folder (called VIDEO). If you have multiple folders in one directory, the PS3 may not display it on-screen....it'll say 'no files found' or whatever.

There is a way around that though...in the XMB, goto your icon that's for your external and press the Triangle button, then click display all, and it will list everything. It's just an extra step than the normal process. You'll see what I mean once you get it running.
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Mate, sorry but that's a WINDOWS IMPOSED LIMITATION. Thanks for your help anyway mate lol
If you would READ you would see I'm pointing that out.

See bold.
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Ah ok, apparently my friend said Partition Magic wouldn't let him go over 200 Gig. Maybe he's a noob or something, who knows . You guys sure Partition Magic will let him go to max drive size?
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Originally Posted by ReignsOfPower View Post
Ah ok, apparently my friend said Partition Magic wouldn't let him go over 200 Gig. Maybe he's a noob or something, who knows . You guys sure Partition Magic will let him go to max drive size?
I did it with a 500GB drive and I get the entire space.
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