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

Updated by Brithny on Apr 16, 2021
Written by Jean

How do you use a USB external hard drive on your PlayStation 3 or PS3? To play video games, or playback 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.

How to format PS3 to FAT32 file system

After we learned that the 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 a partition USB drive for PS3.

To format PS3 USB to "FAT32", first you need to 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)

  • Right-click the external drive or USB you intend to format and choose "Format".
  • Set the Partition label, File system (NTFS/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3/EXT4), and Cluster size, then click "OK".
  • Click "OK" to continue.
  • Click the "Execute Operation" button and click "Apply" to format the hard drive partition.

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 into 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 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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Brithny is a technology enthusiast, aiming to make readers' tech life easy and enjoyable. She loves exploring new technologies and writing technical how-to tips. On her spare time, she loves sharing things about her favorite singer - Taylor Swift on her Facebook or Twitter.

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Author Jean has been writing tech articles since she was graduated from university. She has been part of the EaseUS team for over 5 years. Her special focuses are data recovery, disk partitioning, data space optimization, data backup and Mac OS. By the way, she's an aviation fan!

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