What's USB Format for PS3 | How to Format PS3 USB

Jean updated on Sep 18, 2020 to Partition Master | How-to Articles

How do you use a USB external hard drive on your PlayStation 3 or PS3? To play video games, or play back specific movies, photos and music files on your PS3, we always need a USB storage device that works seamlessly with the console.

Generally, all USB storage devices known as flash drives and USB drives should work with PS3 except the file system of which is not FAT32 as it demands. Since PS3 USB format should be the old "FAT32" while most of the modern new USB drives come with widely used "NTFS", users need first format USB as FAT32 for PS3. In the following part, we are going to recommend the USB format tool - EaseUS Partition Master, and two other ways - File Explorer and Disk Management.

Steps for PS3 USB format FAT32 (Easiest)
Steps for PS3 format (File Explorer) 
Steps for PS3 format (Disk Management)

How to format PS3 to FAT32 file system

After we learned that PS3 USB format should be "FAT32", the next part comes the most important. Most average users will feel painful to format PS3 USB drive to the required file system since they can find no way to get started. Now they don't need to worry anymore, EaseUS free partition manager can help with all the formatting job as well as partition USB drive for PS3.

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 Windows 10 is supported

To format PS3 USB to "FAT32", first you need take out the USB drive and connect it to a computer, of which the operating system can be Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista. Next, download EaseUS Partition Master Free and install it on your Windows computer.

Steps for PS3 USB format FAT32 (Easiest)


Step 1: Launch EaseUS Partition Master, right-click the partition on your external hard drive/USB/SD card which you want to format and choose the "Format" option.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 1

Step 2: 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: In the Warning window, click "OK" to continue.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 3

Step 4: Click the "Execute Operation" button in the top-left corner to review the changes, then click "Apply" to start formatting your external hard drive/USB/SD card.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 4
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 Windows 10 is supported

Steps for PS3 USB format FAT32 (File Explorer)

If you prefer the built-in method without downloading third-party software, you can check the guide we list:

Step 1. Plug the USB to your PC. Head to File Explorer, choose "This PC" on the search menu.

Step 2. Find your USB drive's icon. Right-click on the USB drive and choose "Format".

Step 3.  Choose the file system as FAT32, and set your Volume label. Click "Start".

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Steps for PS3 USB format FAT32 (Disk Management)

If you want to format USB as FAT32 for PS3, you can also use the Disk Management. Follow the steps to get what you want:

Step 1. Press Windows + X, and choose Disk Management on the menu.

Step 2. Connect USB external hard drive on your PC. The USB drive will appear on the interface. (If you can not find your device, you need to unplug your USB and re-plug it.)

Step 3. Right-click it and choose "Format". Customize your Volume label, File System, and Allocation unit size.

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