How to Connect My WD Passport to a PS3

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How to Connect My WD Passport to a PS3
The male plug on the USB cable is inserted into the PS3's USB port. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

The Sony PlayStation 3 gaming console comes bundled with an internal hard drive. Users can download and store game patches, demos, movies and downloadable game content such as extra maps or levels. The PS3 also has USB ports and can read removable storage devices to transfer music and video files to the system, and external hard drives such as the Western Digital Passport can be connected to one of the PS3's USB ports using a USB cable.

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Things you need

  • Male to Mini-b USB cable (included with the WD Passport)

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  1. 1

    Turn on the PlayStation 3 console by pressing the power button or pressing the PS button on one of the controllers. Log into your user account and bring up the home screen.

  2. 2

    Connect the Mini-b plug into the WD Passport drive.

  3. 3

    Connect the male plug into one of the USB ports on the front panel of the PS3 console.

  4. 4

    Select the appropriate option on the home screen for the files you are attempting to access. For example, select "Music" to access MP3s or WMA files, select "Video" to access movie files, or select "Photos" to access images stored on the Passport.

  5. 5

    Scroll down and select the WD Passport from the sub-menu of whichever media option you picked in the previous step. Press the "X" button to open the Passport drive. A list of all playable files will appear. A list of compatible file types that the PS3 can read can be found on the PlayStation User's Guide website.

Tips and warnings

  • The WD Passport drive must be formatted as a FAT32 volume for the PS3 to recognise and access it.

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