Games on external HDD

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    I have a 120Gb HDD collecting dust, so I got an idea that raised some questions.

    1. Can we run PS3 games in folder format off it?
    2. Does it need to be FAT32?
    3. How do we accomplish this, if possible?
    4. Can we run PSN games off it?
    5. Again, does it need to be FAT32?
    6. Again, how do we accomplish this, if possible?
     
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    no,they can't be launched in folder format from external hdd.but thay can be converted (even PSN games) to ISO and then launched from external hdd in both formats.if you ask me,it's more practical if the drive is in NTFS format because there's no 4gb file limitation,but if you don't mind splitting ISO's in parts...

    psp and ps2 games don't work from external dive,in any format.they must be on internal hdd.
     
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    1. Yes. You can run PS3 games in folder format and PS3/PSX/PSP/DVD/BD in ISO format from external USB HDD.
    2. For PS3 in folder format it must be FAT32. For games in ISO format, the HDD can be NTFS or FAT32
    For FAT32, if the ISO is larger than 4GB, you should split the ISO.
    For the games in folder format have single files larger than 4GB, the file should be split and mounted with multiMAN or IRISMAN.
    3. Use multiMAN or IRISMAN to backup your disc games to external USB HDD as folder or ISO.
    4. Read answer 2.
    5. Read answer 3.
     
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    Thanks for the answers :)

    So I create a folder o. My external FAT32 named ? And put my folder format games in it..?

    As for PSN games, I didn't quite understand. :(
     
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    You create a folder GAMES or GAMEZ (or both) on the root of the USB HDD (with FAT32 format).

    e.g. X:\GAMES

    Inside it, create a folder for each game, and inside each folder you copy all the files of each game.

    e.g. (I'm only listing EBOOT.BIN, you should copy all the files, including ICON0.PNG, PARAM.SFO, etc.)
    x:\GAMES\NAME OF THE GAME 1 [BLES11111]\PS3_GAME\USRDIR\EBOOT.BIN
    x:\GAMES\NAME OF THE GAME 2 [BLES22222]\PS3_GAME\USRDIR\EBOOT.BIN
    x:\GAMES\NAME OF THE GAME 3 [BLES22222]\PS3_GAME\USRDIR\EBOOT.BIN

    The folder PS3_UPDATE in each game is optional and you can omit it.

    For PSN games, create a folder x:\GAMEI

    On PS3 enable external gameDATA using gameDATA application or webMAN MOD's combo SELECT+SQUARE, then install PSN games. The games will be installed on FAT32 under GAMEI.

    NOTE: Not all games are compatible with gameDATA. Also games with files larger than 4GB won't work.
     
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    Thanks.


    So if I have a NTFS drive, create a folder named PS2ISO and put my PS2 isos there, can I play them thru wmm?

    Btw, in mmcm my NTFS drive is labeled pvd_usbxxx
     
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    ps2 games are internal only.
     
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    Oh, ok. That's a bummer. Would have been a timesaver for testing PS2 compatibility without transferring all games to the internal.

    On a side note:
    Does the external HDD have to be powered by an external source? Or could we use a Y-cable to draw power from the 2nd USB port?
     
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    I personally use powered drives especially after what happened. some drives may work unpowered (according to some people on gbatemp). you'll get a warning message if the drive is taxing the usb port. that happened to me, and it killed two drives instantly.
     
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