Play Movies & Music from External Hard Drive on Playstation 3

Play Movies & Music from External Hard Drive on Playstation 3

The Playstation 3 is not just a gaming console, but it's also a media player. You can play movies, videos, music and pictures from a CD, DVD, USB flash drive and also from a external hard drive on your PS3.

This tutorial will show you step by step how to play media stored on a external hard drive on your Playstation 3.

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This tutorial will also show you what to do when your Playstation 3 doesn't recognize your external hard drive.

How to Play Media from a USB Hard Drive on the PS3

1. Connect your external hard disk to one of the two USB ports located at the front of your Playstation 3.

2. Turn on your PS3.

3. Go in the main menu to:

4. Press the triangle Δ button of your controller on "USB Device" and choose "Display All".

5. Press the X button of your controller on the video, movie, song or photo to play or view.

If your PS3 doesn't recognize your external hard drive, then you will need to follow the steps from the next method.

What to do when your Playstation 3 Doesn't Recognize your External Hard Drive

Check the File System

1. First you will need to check which file system your external hard disk uses. FAT32 or NTFS ?. To do this, connect your external hard drive to your computer.

2. Open Windows Explorer or File Explorer (Windows 10) and go to "My Computer" or "This PC" (where you can see all your drives).

3. Right-click on the hard drive and choose "Properties".

4. Look at "File system".

5. If the file system is NTFS, then you will need to format the hard drive to FAT32.

Note: Formatting the hard disk will erase all files on it, so it's a good idea to first create a backup of all of your files stored on that drive.

Format the Hard Drive

Windows

1. Open "Disk Management".

2. Right-click on your external hard drive and choose "Format".

3. Select "FAT32" at "File System".

4. Do not select "Perform a quick format".

5. Do not select "Enable file and folder compression".

6. Click on "OK" to start formatting.

Mac Os X

1. Open "Disk Utility".

2. Select your external hard drive.

3. Click on "Erase".

4. Select "MS-DOS (FAT)" as the file system type.

5. Click on "Erase" to start formatting.

Organize the Hard Disk

1. Open your external hard drive.

2. Create three folders named VIDEO, MUSIC and PHOTO in uppercase.

3. Move or copy all the files into the correct folder.

4. Disconnect your ext. hard drive from your computer properly.

Play Media from External Hard drive on PS3

1. Connect your external hard disk to one of the two usb ports located at the front of your Playstation 3.

2. Turn on your PS3.

3. Go in the main menu to:

4. Press the X button of your controller on "USB Device".

5. Press the X button of your controller on the video, movie, song or photo to play or view.

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