How to Copy Movies to the PS3's Hard Drive

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How to Copy Movies to the PS3's Hard Drive
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The Sony PlayStation 3 is capable of playing several different movie file formats. It is possible to copy movies to the PS3 hard drive to allow the console to play back these files. This allows users to play computer movie files on their television through the PS3 system. The PS3 is not capable of directly networking with a computer to transfer files. The movie files must be placed onto a storage device to copy to the PS3 hard drive.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Memory stick

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  1. 1

    Insert the memory stick into the memory card reader on your computer. There are USB adaptors that can connect memory sticks to computers without a memory card reader installed.

  2. 2

    Copy the movie file onto the memory stick. You can open the memory stick folder from the “Computer” folder, which is the same folder you use to access the hard drive and disc drives. Drag the movie file to this folder to copy it onto the memory stick.

  3. 3

    Remove the memory stick from your computer.

  4. 4

    Insert the memory stick into the memory card slot on the Sony PlayStation 3 console.

  5. 5

    Turn on the PS3 console. The system main menu will appear.

  6. 6

    Scroll to the “Video” tab in the main menu. This is the icon that looks like a piece of old movie film. A list of movie files on the PS3 hard drive and any attached storage devices, such as the memory stick, will appear.

  7. 7

    Scroll down to the movie file you want to copy to the PS3 hard drive.

  8. 8

    Press the “Triangle” button on the controller to bring up the "File Options" menu.

  9. 9

    Select “Copy” from the options menu to copy the movie file to the PS3 hard drive. The system will prompt you when the copy process is completed.

Tips and warnings

  • The Sony PlayStation 3 can play MPEG-1, MPEG-2 PS, MPEG-2 TS, MPEG-4 SP, MPEG-4 AVC, AVI, MP4 and WMV movie files from the hard drive.
  • Copy-protected movies cannot be copied to the PS3 hard drive. It may be possible to move the file to the hard drive if the file format allows the movie file to be transferred. The difference between moving and copying a file is that moving a file deletes the original file after the file is copied to the new location.

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