Fix: PS3 Can't Read NTFS USB Drive

Tracy King updated on Dec 19, 2018 to Partition Master | How-to Articles

My PS3 can't read the NTFS USB flash drive

"I have a 4GB Transformers - Dark of the Moon movie and about 20 games on my PS3 Slim. I wish to back up all the files to an external hard drive or a USB device in case of system failure. Thinking that there is no need to invest in another hard drive, plus the sticks are more convenient, easily fitting in a drawer somewhere, I bought a 16GB USB flash drive and formatted it into NTSF. But soon, I find that my PS3 doesn't recognize the USB drive with NTSF format. Is there any reliable solution that can fix the problem of PS3 can't read NTFS USB drives?"

Overview of PS3 can't read NTFS USB flash drive error

The PlayStation 3 (abbreviated in marketing as PS3) is a home video game console with gaming capabilities, a web browser, applications for services like YouTube and Netflix, and a lot of media capabilities. But the hard drive of PS3 is inaccessible for storing your files, used instead for saved games and downloads from the Sony Store. So, to get smooth playback of all of your media, it is necessary for you to attach an external hard disk or USB drive to expands the amount of storage space.  

Then here a problem comes out. "My PS3 can't read the USB flash drive in NTFS format. What should I do?" "Is there any way to use an NTFS external drive with PS3?" "How to make your PS3 compatible with your NTFS external hard drive?" Users always ask such questions when they facing a PS3 can't read NTFS USB drives problem and have no idea about how to fix the error. In this page, you can find a reliable solution. 

How to fix PS3 can't read NTFS USB flash drive

If your PS3 can't read NTFS USB drive, you can fix the error by formatting the USB drive to FAT32. You can do this job with EaseUS partition tool, powerful third-party software that works well to maintain partitions and hard disks in FAT32 or NTFS. Before you try this way, please backup your data first.

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To format a USB drive to FAT32, follow these steps:

Step 1: Select the USB drive to format.

Connect the USB drive or pen drive to your computer. Download and launch EaseUS partition software. Right-click the USB drive you intend to format and choose "Format".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 1

Step 2: Set the drive letter and file system.

Assign a new partition label, file system (NTFS/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3), and cluster size to the selected partition, then click "OK".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 2

Step 3: Check the warning box.

Click "OK" if you see the Warning window. If you have important data on it, back up the data in advance.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 3

Step 4: Apply the changes.

Click the "Execute operation" button first, and then click "Apply" to format the USB drive.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 4

After formatting USB drive from NTFS to FAT32, you can successfully fix the problem of PS3 can't read NTFS USB drive. Good luck! 

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