NOTE: If you choose to do this you will lose the software that came with the External Hard Drive, NO MORE auto
back-up. DO NOT try this if you need your drive for System File Back-up, OR if you have used it to back up your PC and don't want to lose it.!!!!!!!
OK, as simply as I can put it., get Partition Magic 8.0, Only perform this if you feel confident in your computer ability's.
You may have to first delete the partitions that are on the drive before you continue, use the program to do so.Make sure you choose your External Drive from the list, DON'T Screw up your PC"s hard drive. I don't want angryreplies or e-mails. Read what's in the pop up box's before clicking ok.Choose your External Drive from the list, click on it to highlight. To the left Under "Partition Operations" choose create partition. Partition Magic will let you create a Logical FAT32 partition that's approx. 196,608MB in size (192GB). A pop-up window comes up, Fill in 3 boxes, Logical, FAT32 and label (example. Movies). At bottom left of screen click apply, and then YES. Then Highlight the word Extended with the little blue box next to it, then on the left side of the screen choose Resize/Move Partition. There's a pop up box where you click and drag a light blue box to it's Max size (fill the empty portion up) click apply and YES. Create up to 3 more partitions as FAT32 LOGICAL, and use them for storage. Example, my drive is 500GB, The first partition is created as FAT32, LOGICAL and extended (192GB). The remaining Unallocated space is split into 2 to 3 more Partitions, FAT32, LOGICAL. The PS3 will only recognize a FAT32 Logical partition. If you make 2 or 3 more partitions on the drive as FAT32 Primary, the PS3 will not recognize the Hard Drive when it's connected. The files Which you want to view on the PS3 go in the First Partition, When I click my computer it's labeled as Movies (E:), the other 2 partitions are Labeled STORAGE1 (F:), STORAGE2 (G:). You Choose the label as long as it's not your primary PC's Hard drive name. Be sure NOT to make change's to your PC's drive when using the program. Drive's F and G on my drive are now useable storage but NOT accessible when connected to the PS3. Hope this helps and really, it only takes a few minutes once you have the program. What is a bummer is that the MAX size of the FAT32 partition can only be made as big as 192GB still better than nothing.