The most effective way around this, would be to replace the hard drive in the console with a larger one. Although this would undoubtedly give you more storage space and a neat look, it does have its share of problems. The main problem with replacing the hard drive is that the process itself is rather complicated and amateurs would be well-advised to stay off. Also, it goes unsaid that tampering with your console will void your warranty. Moreover, there could be other problems, especially during firmware upgrades, that could come up with such modded consoles.
The simplest of solutions, and one that doesn't need you to be a geek to try out, is getting yourself an external HDD, and using it as the storage device for your console. Here's how you can go about with it.
- Your PS3 Console
- A computer (PC/Mac)
- Flashing Software (For PC)
- This Article!!
Just before you start, you might want to keep in mind that all the data on your external hard disk is going to be erased, so you might want to back up all your important data.
Let's get started
• Connect the hard drive to your computer
• Go on to Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Manager > (Check to see if the system type is FAT32).
• If the system type is in fact FAT32, simply right-click on the drive and select the format option.
• (If the system type is FAT32, skip this step). If the file system type is NTFS, right-click on the drive, and click on 'Delete Partition', without changing any of the default settings. Download and install a formatting software, like SwissKnife V3, or any other utility tool to format your drive to FAT32. Select the hard drive that you need to partition. Select 'Partition Type - Primary', 'File System - FAT32', 'Volume Label', and then choose 'Create'. This process will set up your FAT32 type file system.
• We're almost done. Open the hard drive on the 'My Computer' section in your PC, and create folders there called, 'PICTURE', 'MUSIC', 'VIDEO', and 'GAME' (These folders need to be created in capital letters, and their names should correspond with those on your PS3).
• Connect the hard drive to the PS3, and check if the folders you created open there. If they do, you can save all your games and multimedia content in their respective folders.
Voila! You're all set and good to go.