01-22-2013 05:15 AM
I recently bought a "WD My Passport 1TB" with intended use for my PS3.
When I plugged it into my PS3 it doesn't seem to recognize the device.
When I listen closely to it I can hear the disk inside start to power up and then die down, when it starts to die down again you can hear a faint beep noise, it repeats this until I disconnect it. As far as I can tell its not a power issue because the LED light on hdd flashes the same when plugged into the PS3 and my computer. I have reformatted it to FAT32 using "Acronis True Image WD edition" which was suggested by Western Digital's help support.
I have also read about removing the VCD from the hard drive. I tried removing it using "WD Smartware Virtual CD Manager" but when i run the program and it scans for a HDD it comes up with the error saying: 'No Device Found. Please connect a WD Smartware drive to continue; then click Rescan."
Does anyone have any ideas on how to fix this problem? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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01-23-2013 12:49 PM
Try to reformatting the drive again on FAT32 and see if it works
01-24-2013 07:10 AM
Im having the exact same issue. I have formatted it to fat32 for the last 12 hours over and over and my ps3 will not find it. Really starting to get pissed and about to just give up on upgrading my system. If anyone can help or anything please do.
01-25-2013 04:52 AM
Thanks for the advice but yes i have reformated it multiple times to FAT32 with a couple of different programs. I have tried both a logical and primary partition. but neither seems to work. i think its this VCD thing but, my HDD doesnt seem to have it. i think i may just have to sell it and buy a new one.
But if anyone else has any ideas they would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
01-30-2013 08:27 PM
I did a bit of research andfound that yes the PS3 firmware in this tutorial, is the same as the PS3 system update.
So i followed the tutorial, but yet again i was unable to get it to display on my PS3.
i also tried wiping the disk of all partions which seems to have removed the VCD, but still cant get it to work with the PS3.
After reading other posts by people in similar situations, i believe that i may need a HUD power booster cable, so increase the power to the HDD. If after all of this it still doesnt work i think ill just have to sell it and look for something else.
02-08-2013 05:23 PM
After countless hour of research and re-formatting I finally got my HDD to work on my PS3.
For anyone who is having the same problem this is how you do it:
Making a 'WD 1 TB My Passport' work with your PS3.
Step1: Download and install "Acronis True Image WD edition" which can be found at
Once installed launch the program, and run the "Acronis DriveCleanser" tool, this will erase everything off your
HDD, so make sure to back it up first. (This step may not be required for everyone, but I did it it my HDD). I used
the 'fast' option on my HDD when cleansing it but even still it took a couple of hour to complete.
Step2: Still using "Acronis True Image WD edition" add a new 'disk' to your HDD. This is where you will have to make
'partitions' on the drive (I divided my 1TB HDD into 2 separate drives, a FAT32 and a NTFS). When creating a
new partition you will need to create a 'FAT32 logical' partition. This will allow the PS3 to read the drive. This will
only take a few minutes.
Step3: Now the 'My Passport's" problem is that it doesnt receive enough power from the PS3 when using the standard
3.0 USB cable that the drive comes with so. You will need to get another, this is the one that i got and it works
This cable will allow enough power to get to the HDD from the PS3 and intern it should allow the PS3 to display
And that's it, this is how i got my HDD to work on my PS3. But please note that I didnt install any of the software that the "WD 1TB My Passport" comes with, when I first got the device. This may effect peoples result, due to things like the VCD.