VITA / PsTV [TUT]How to use USB drive as a ux0: memory card on PSTV

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    don't know about the max hdd size limit, but u can't have more than 500 games on the livearea.
     
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    Largest I have used is 2tb my 6tb would not be detected.
     
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    Pinky, why would you need a 6TB drive on a PSTV? Last J checked, the entire PSPS, Vita, and PSX collection combined doesn't add up to 6tb...
     
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    6 TB need GPT, for sure PSTV need MBR. Max should be 2,2TB then.
     
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    Yea I mentioned this in another post somewhere when this first came out doing some testing but thanks as always for your input and info. It always good stuff.
     
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    I have 2 external HDD 500G format Exfat format, fat32 tried all the way but my TV Vita does not receive HDD! when i chose Mount uma0 and disconnect and reconnect USB dont anything happen
     
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    Do you have external power source for your HDD? PSTV usb power is weak. Try with external power source, or with usb thumb drive.
     
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    Is there anything specific one needs to check in order to assure compatibility?

    I've tried 1 USB drive of 1GB, formatted as exFAT, which is MBR. Light flashes, but PSTV still says - Please attach a USB.

    Any idea why this could be failing? I want to buy something bigger, but not sure what I'll have to check to make sure it'll work...
     
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    Is your device usb 2.0? Usb 3.0 might be be problematic, especially without external power supply...
    And have you followed every step from the OP both for partitioning on PC & installing on PSTV?
    Have you read all the posts in this thread for possible tips?
     
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    What is your usb drive model? Im asking because for example Sandisk Cruzer have secret partition, which make it incompatible with pstv. Threre are more exaples like this.

    Edit: And try double time re-attach usb drive when it ask.
     
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    @mickael28 Launch i.e GParted and look if this pendrive doesn't have additional partition (with hidden flag and/or msft). Also You can try FAT32 or exFAT without any partition table.

    Oh, and attach pendrive when You want connect it. In my case it never work if pendrive was in port since boot. I always must eject it, and insert it again to mount as ux0.

    If this is HDD it's possible that You just don't have enough power and must use external source.
     
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    Hi guys, I retried quite a lot of combinations now and:

    * The issue I was having with the 1GB USB stick seems to be related to that item only. I bought another USB stick and that one is recognised now.
    * I'm having problems with a 250GB Sata HDD though, which is not recognised when plugged in. I've tried the following:

    • exFat and Fat32 with USB3 without power supply
    • exFat and Fat32 with USB2 with and without external power supply
    • I made sure that the formatted HDD is MBR and there's a single partition there, nothing hidden

    Any idea if I'm missing something to make the HDD work? or if I could try something else and see if that fixes the issue, I think I run out of ideas :S
     
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    Sorry, further update.... managed to sort it out.

    The main problem in my case was the software, SwitchSD2Vita.VPK. Somehow with that installed, even if not used (as in, if I was booting up directly in the PSTV internal memory), it was not recognising when an external USB device was plugged in.

    I uninstalled it and now:
    • exFat and Fat32 with USB3 without power supply => still an issue it seems, not sure if due to USB3 or not power supply in this case.
    • exFat and Fat32 with USB2 without external power supply => not working still, not enough power
    • exFat and Fat32 with USB2 with external power supply => finally, this config WORKED!!!
    Thank you all!!
     
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    Purpose of that "app" is to mount gamecart at boot as uma or ux0. so this make conflict with this tutorial. Anyway, if you decided to use only usb drive. This tut is outdated. Please use this: https://github.com/yifanlu/usbmc/releases/tag/v4

    Is great plugin (with installator) that set your hdd as ux0 on boot! But remember that you need enso for that. Also please don't use it with sd2vita. I don't know what happen then, but probably nothing good. ;)
     
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    Ah, thanks for that, I had never heard about usbmc but I was wondering about how to mount the HDD as ux0 on boot today, so it'll be handy.
     
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