If your PS3 does not detect your brand-new USB device, the most likely problem is that the stick is not properly formatted.
PS3 requires your flash drive to be in the old "FAT32" format.
But a media center with limited memory would be pretty pointless, so I yanked that tawdry little 80gb drive and replaced it with a hulking 250gb drive. You could spend more money on a drive that's capable of 7200rpm and 3.0gb/s, but the PS3 will only utilize it at the aforementioned speeds, so its pretty useless. If you use a butter knife for a screwdriver and rush through it....yeah, you'll probably screw something up. Precision Screwdriver Set - Really, don't try to use that big screwdriver in the junk drawer.There are a few things to consider before moving forward... The PS3 has a back up function that will save everything on it..long as you've got a storage device big enough to hold it all. Before you upgrade, just plug in your hard drive via USB, select System Settings Back Up and follow the onscreen directions. Alright, you'll need: A Playstation 3 - That's pretty self explanatory. You can snag a set of precision screwdrivers for 5 bucks, and they're absolutely necessary for this. You'll notice an external hard drive enclosure in the picture below.Next, fold out the little wire handle and use it to slide the entire hard drive tray to the right. There are four screws holding the actual hard drive in the tray.Once its all the way to the right, pull it towards you and slide it out. From what I can tell, these screws are made out of butter.What you're looking at now is the side of your hard drive.
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