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DETAILED TUTORIAL ON HOW TO PLAY PS3 BACKED UP GAMES WITH FILES LARGER THAN 4GB USING FILEMANAGER:
Take ur file(s) (larger than 4gb). Let's say its called "bigfile.ext". Use any splitting software (e.g. HJSplit) and split it to files smaller than 4096MB (4GB).
u'll end up with "bigfile.ext" which is a ".001 file" and several other files like "bigfile.ext.002", "bigfile.ext.003", "bigfile.ext.004", etc...
The trick here is to change the extension of the first file ("bigfile.ext.001") to just "ext". IF YOU DON'T DO THIS, although it's not named "bigfile.ext.001" it is a .001 type file, and WHEN U COPY IT TO YOUR INTERNAL HDD, YOUR MAIN FILE WILL END UP BEING "bigfile.ext.001" which u do not want. U want just "bigfile.ext" inside your internal HDD.
In order to change this extension, u have to go to *control panel, *folder options, and uncheck "hide extensions for known file types" under the VIEW menu. That'll make the name of bigfile.ext show as "bigfile.ext.001". Now u just have to delete the .001 part and agree to run the risk of making the file useless.
Change the rest of the files to #.part like this:
"bigfile.ext.002" to "bigfile.ext.1.part"
"bigfile.ext.003" to "bigfile.ext.2.part"
"bigfile.ext.004" to "bigfile.ext.3.part" ... and so on...
replace the main unsplitted file with all ur new files, and copy the game folder to your external HDD, and then from it to your internal HDD using filemanager. The game will work no prob. Tested with Uncharted
Note: Confirmed working on GoW 1+2 collection perfect! (been playing it after bosses on both to test)
If I understood this correctly, you end up with the whole game on both the external and internal HDD, what is the point of that?
Originally Posted by Shinintendo
No you got it wrong, you take one file larger than 4gb split it, rename the 2 files you got as mentioned in the tutorial, than delete the original big file.
Originally Posted by CapMXM
at the end you get 2 files smaller than 4gb at the same folder instead of the big one.
GoW 1+2 work great externally
Edit: you're right, the one who wrote the guide said to keep the files internally...but I deleted them cause there was no need, it worked externally with the splitting only. gotta test it more XD
Oh ok, so there is no need to have the files on the internal drive, great!
Originally Posted by Shinintendo
Gonna try this out on a few games, thanks for the info
None of that makes sense to me. You're saying split the files then put them on the internal drive.. well what use is that to us that want it on our EXTERNAL? Or are you saying the PS3 can natively read .ext and .ext.1.part from external and treat them as one file?
That "guide" you linked is the EXACT same one from the Comgenie File Manager post and from what we've seen, it CANNOT be used to play these games from external. You can't just "split" the files and play them on the external.
Tested this with GoW Collection + Motorstorm 2, both starts up fine from external, however on 1 occasion in MS2 loading up a race, it just kicked me back to Playstation menu. I think this partially works, need more testing... Killzone 2 + MGS4 next.
Killzone 2 doesn't work, blackscreen on load, MGS4 loads up fine, playing act 1 now, even the act 1 install works. No clue if this works 100% until somebody play/test through the entire game.
Last edited by sneakysam; 09-29-2010 at 10:45 AM.
Well I'll be damned.... so the PS3 *can* read .part and join them properly from external, letting you play? That's impressive.
Just tested with Batman which has a 5gig .dat file using hjsplit but just getting a black screen will test with others
Well I just tryed GoW Collection and it started up but when I selected GoW 1 it froze on the warning screen. You guys were able to boot the game and play right ? ? ?
Originally Posted by sneakysam
Just tryed GoW 2 ANd when I select it I just get a black screen. . . Any Ideas ? ? ?
UPDATE: Its working now had to rename the files as I labeled them wrong. . .
Last edited by dentnu; 09-29-2010 at 11:25 AM.
Yes it works in game, tested gow1 till middle of level 1, testing GoW 2 now, playing first level. Make sure you split the 6+ gig file into 2, naming first file the same as original, 2nd file as filename.ext.1.part etc...
in MGS4, I deleted my game data and reinstalled the 8min initial install data, and it installed fine.