The Solution to PS3 not Recognizing My Seagate External Hard Drive

When Seagate external hard drive isn't recognized in PS3, try to format the hard drive with a proper file system.


By Cherry / Updated on May 12, 2023

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Why your PS3 not recognizing Seagate external hard drive?

“Seriously, I got a Seagate external hard drive and I was planning to add it to my PS3. However, when I add it to my PS3, I found that the PS3 not recognizing my Seagate external hard drive! Who can help me with this suck thing?”

To figure out the staff, you need to find out why your PS3 not recognizing Seagate external hard drive first. And there are many situations that may result in the problem. If you meet this problem, check whether it uses the right SATA. You can change the SATA to check whether there is the problem. If it doesn’t have problem, you need to consider if it is a problem with the hard drive and not the PS3. But the ordinary reason should be the file system: you need to make sure that the external hard drive is in MBR and FAT32 is the first partition (actually, the PS3 cannot detect the hard drive which is half FTFS and half FAT32, too). You’d better make FAT32 a logical partition rather than primary partition.

How to solve the problem that PS3 does not detect external hard drive?

If your PS3 still does not detect your Seagate external hard drive after you excluded other situations but the file system, here you can try to format your external hard drive to FAT32. But, how to format Seagate external hard drive to FAT32?

The AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is a powerful partition manager that can help Windows PC users convert GPT disk to MBR and vice versa and format internal/external hard drive from NTFS to FAT32. To format Seagate external hard drive, here you can plug it into your Windows 7/8/10 computer, and then, use AOMEI Partition Assistant to format it from NTFS to FAT32.

Step1. Insert the Seagate external hard drive to your Windows computer, then, launch AOMEI Partition Assistant. To format the Seagate external hard drive, here you need to select it and right-click it, select Format Partition.

Step2. It will pop out a window that you can do this job. Select the FAT32 in the File System. Click OK.


Tips: There is a warning that reminds you this operation will delete all data on the partition. So if there is important data on the hard drive, cancel the operation and backup them first. If not, click OK to move on.

Step3.Here you can see that the Seagate external hard drive has already changed from NTFS to FAT32. Click Apply to submit the operations.

That, you can unplug the Seagate external hard drive and add it to your PS3. It should work out.

Actually, there is a more powerful function in AOMEI Partition Assistant, NTFS to FAT32 Converter, which you can use to convert the NTFS to FAT32 without losing data. It is also the better way to solvethe problem PS3 not recognizing Seagate external hard drive caused by file system.

Cherry · Staff Editor
Cherry is an editor of AOMEI Technology, she covers backup & restore, hard disk & partitions management, cloud files transfer, website & database backup and so on for AOMEI. She enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, cooking, reading and so on. She takes most of time with her family when she is not working.