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    Formatting a PS3 hard drive to use in Windows (Vista)

    Despite my best efforts of perusing the t'interweb for information, i've so far been unable to find a solution, so i've turned to the more tech-savvy of you on here (i'm sure there's a 'few'..), to see if it can be done.

    Anyway, cutting it short, i've pulled a 40GB hard drive from my PS3, which is un-readable under Windows due to the file format used by the PS3. Since putting it in an enclosure, and whilst using Windows Vista, it has still remained undetected, despite going through the Disc Management option suggested (as SwissKnife apparently won't work with Vista), it only shows the main PC hard drive and not the one in the enclosure, even as a usb hub; thus I can't begin formatting it for later usage.

    Therefore, has anybody any ideas what might be causing the lack of detection of the drive, or indeed, any definite solution that will help me detect and thus format the drive accordingly?

    I know it's only 40GB, but it's still useful to have as a small portable..

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    Vista has problems with finding a portable hard drive - my brother tried my 250gb iomega 2.5" hard drive in his vista machine and it couldn't find it at all.

    Only thing I could see was upgrading to 7.

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    plug into the cable inside the machine, or into someone elses desktop machine and start disk management again

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    Thanks for the input guys, but call me lazy, I was kind of looking for something along the lines of the supposed 'quick (read, 'easy') fix' i'd already been attempting (but failing) to achieve; so if anybody else has any further suggestions?

    As already stated, try it on another machine to see if it has anything to do with your PC.

    I have put my 60GB in an enclosure, and it was recognised by Vista straight away, so it's not a PS3 to Vista problem necessarily.

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    As already stated, try it on another machine to see if it has anything to … As already stated, try it on another machine to see if it has anything to do with your PC.I have put my 60GB in an enclosure, and it was recognised by Vista straight away, so it's not a PS3 to Vista problem necessarily.



    I've connected it to another PC previously, running XP, and although I didn't go via the Disc Management route (wasn't aware of it at the time), it didn't appear to detect it in any sense of the word that time around, either.. i've heard suggestions of a bum-enclosure? Thing is, i've also tried this drive (taken from PS3) in a dock first, too, but the PC didn't detect it that way, either.

    I have just put a 60GB from my brothers Japanese PS3 console into an "Iomega select" enclosure that originally housed a 320GB HDD.
    It was immediately detected by my machine(Now running windows 7) an assigned drive "Q".

    I wasn't able to access it obviously, but would expect to if I went through disk management.
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