WIP: PS3 SATA to eSATA 1TB+ External Drive
I really wanted to make a tutorial for people wishing to use a drive larger than 1TB through eSATA on the PS3, but I fell short on that challenge myself and now I'm wondering if I wasted money.
Here's my setup.
Seagate FreeAgent Xtreme 1.5TB External eSATA - $100~
Male SATA to eSATA - $6
SATA Male to eSATA Cable - 20 Inches - eBay (item 260648786042 end time Feb-06-11 02:37:27 PST)
(Optional) eSATA to eSATA external cable - $5
BLUE eSATA to eSATA external cable 20 Inches - eBay (item 290343861030 end time Feb-17-11 19:17:48 PST)
Pretty basic. Plug the Male end of the SATA to eSATA cable inside the PS3, and the eSATA end to the HDD.
You only use the eSATA to eSATA cable to transfer games. Aside from this, it's completely optional.
So, apart from the External HDD, this can be acomplished pretty cheap (free if you own the cables)
However, there's a problem taking advantage of this setup.
1. Apparently I didn't do my research, as the PS3 won't accept the drive when plugged internally with the SATA to eSATA cable. Gives the user a black screen after format. This may be an issue that the PS3 is ONLY programmed to accept 1TB HDDs, possibly to prevent piracy?
2. Another thing I didn't research, if you do get the PS3 to format your HDD, it gets encrypted. This shouldn't be a problem now, as we have access to the keys, but no-one has written anything.
Ditch SATA, go USB. It's slower, but it works.
This isn't good enough for me. You want to be able to leverage the power of SATA whenever possible. So, here are some of my ideas.
1. Perhaps it's possible to add support ourselves, if we can find the correct file, decrypt it, and edit it.
2. If all else fails, perhaps for people like me who bought a drive larger than 1TB you could be able to "permanently" partition the drive. I haven't done much research into it, but I don't think it's possible. Someone please chime in on this.
I'm sorry I wasn't able to accomplish my task, but maybe togethor we can work something out? I'm all ears, really, I've been playing around with this for 3 days now and would appericate some input.