WD MYBOOK ELITE 1.5TB connecting to PS3

hello i cant get my external harddrive to show up on my playstation 3. so i can watch movies/mp3s etc. it just doesnt seem to reconigse the drive.


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Does it work if you connected to a PC instead?

Have you downloaded the latest PS3 updates?

I am interested in the results.


hey. yes ive just updated my playstation 3 with the latest update.

my harddrive works fine with my laptop and on a friends laptop.

I just cant access it on my playstation 3 so i can watch movies/play music etc via my TV.

Hi, make sure it isn’t NTFS-formated!!!



Yea, it has to be FAT32. Ps3 and Xbox cant read nfts.

mybook elite comes preformatted from factory to NTFS , you need to format it to fat32, you can do that by using a formatting utility like partition magic on pc or disk utility on mac.

Before you do any thing please go to http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=291&p_created=1023897270&p_sid=SCV-HWRj&p_accessibility=0&p_redirect=&p_srch=1&p_lva=291&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPTEmcF9zb3J0X2J5PSZwX2dyaWRzb3J0PSZwX3Jvd19jbnQ9MSwxJnBfcHJvZHM9MCZwX2NhdHM9MCZwX3B2PSZwX2N2PSZwX3NlYXJjaF90eXBlPWFuc3dlcnMuc2VhcmNoX2ZubCZwX3BhZ2U9MSZwX3NlYXJjaF90ZXh0PTI5MQ!!&p_li=&p_topview=1 (Or go to http://support.wdc.com/ and type 291 for answer id in Knowledge Base search)

As this is a 1 tb drive, you can download acronis from http://cache.websupport.wdc.com/atiwd/tih_s_e.exe and install it. Then use the option “Add New Disk” in this acronis program which will help you reformat the drive to fat32.

******** please note: you need a Western Digital (“WD”) drive to be in your computer to install acronis.

i dont think acronis wd edition will work for external drives

does it have built in smartware?

well i just picked up a 2 tb my essential drive to use with my ps3 as well, no luck. I reformatted drive to fat32 and disabled that smartware ■■■■! Still no luck! any suggestions? I am really gettin fed up with wd as alot of people and i think they will be losing ALOT of customers if they keep this up.   I went with WD because i own a 750 gig my book that worked fine with out all the stupid bells and whistles. If anybody has gotten a wd hdd with smartware to read on a ps3 please fill me in!

if you dont want to go through all the trouble or cant get it to work at all just stream all your videos music etc through a media server to your ps3   like twonkymedia server works great