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HDDs up to 1TB use 512b sector blocks, anything above that and it uses 4kb sector blocks. This may be why the PS3 doesn't like them.
Anybody with a 2TB drive could try and force a format to FAT32 with a 512b sector, but I doubt that it would work. Unless Sony updates their driver code, or we finally get access to lvl1 code, currently we are SOL.
Anybody manage to get a 1.5TB or 2TB HDD to work with the "PS3 HD HDD PHE-02" yet.?
I got my 2TB hdd's just waiting for my PHE-02 to arrive to find out.
Edit: My PHE-02 arrived today, and like others stated, the 2TB starts up fine, the PS3 says it needs to format it and then you get nothing but black screen after that.
Last edited by Lurkinn; 10-04-2010 at 10:52 PM.
Finally a post that makes technical sense. The PS3 drive size restriction is by power? lawl.
Originally Posted by EchoDeltaBravo
If you yank a working drive out of a PS3 and plug it to your computer, you'll notice that it has no partition table/FS which leads me to suspect that the PS3 actually uses the drive raw. If the PS3 only supports 512b sectors, then yeah, those 4K sector drives aren't going to work. (FYI, WinXP doesn't support 4K sector drives)
Now I think if you tried it on a drive with 4k sectors BUT WITH 512b sector emulation, it should work.
This is only for the internal drive.
Drive via USB is not restricted here since there are partition tables and file systems; fat32 supports up to 8TB, sector size for the external drive does not matter (FS or drive sector).
my 2 cents.