How to Get a PSP to Read a USB Flash Drive Instead of the Memory Card

Written by marshal m. rosenthal
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How to Get a PSP to Read a USB Flash Drive Instead of the Memory Card
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The PlayStation Portable (PSP) does not come equipped with an internal hard drive. Instead, the proprietary solid-state Sony Memory Stick is used to store games and other data for the PSP. A less expensive, higher capacity USB flash drive can be used to store data for the PSP, in lieu of a Memory Stick. This requires a USB-to-Memory Stick adaptor, similar to that used on a computer and purchased from a computer store.

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Things you need

  • USB-to-Memory-Stick adaptor

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  1. 1

    Place the PSP on a table with the logo facing you and the LCD screen facing upward.

  2. 2

    Open the Memory Stick compartment on the right side of the PSP. Insert the Memory Stick plug of the USB-to-Memory-Stick adaptor into the Memory Stick’s slot. Insert the USB flash drive’s connector into the connection on the free end of the USB-to-Memory-Stick adaptor.

  3. 3

    Turn on the PSP. Navigate from the Home menu to “Settings.” Select “Devices.” Select “System Settings.” Scroll through the list of choices until you come to “Format Memory Stick.” Press the “X” button. Select “Format” from the confirmation window. Select “Yes” from the confirmation window that pops up. Press the “X” button.

  4. 4

    Wait as the “Memory Stick” is formatted. Click “Done" on the “Formatting is finished” pop-up window. Return to the Home menu.

  5. 5

    Use the USB flash drive that is now formatted for the PSP instead of a Memory Stick. Turn off the PSP when done. Remove the USB-to-Memory-Stick adaptor from the PSP’s Memory Stick port. Remove the USB flash drive from the connection on the USB-to-Memory-Stick adaptor.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep the PSP on a level surface while using the USB-to-Memory-Stick adaptor so the Memory Stick slot is not damaged by the weight it is being subjected to.
  • The USB-to-Memory-Stick adaptor and flash drive must be in position before the PSP is turned on.

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