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September 26, 2010 // 6:37 pm - Today PSGroove has shared details courtesy of inf1 on how to run PS3 games which contain 4+GB files from an external PlayStation 3 FAT32 HDD.

Those interested can check out the guide below, and be sure to share your results in our PS3 JailBreak Game Compatibility List.

To quote: Due to FAT32 limitations users needed to run these games from internal hard drive only. However, it seems that isn't the only option anymore. Many games utilize a file format known as PSARC (*.psarc).

These files ending in .psarc are archive files similar to zip or rar files on PC. By extracting these large archive files and using the smaller files that are inside, users can get stay under the 4GB limit.

This method has been tested on Uncharted II, and will only work on games utilizing the psarc file format.

1) Download PlayStation Archive Utility (or the PARC GUI v0.1 or the PARC GUI v0.2 update by TeamKidneyBean if you prefer).
2) Extract and PSARC.exe to any folder.
3) Find any files more than 4Gb for example /PS3_GAME/USRDIR/build/main/pak22.psarc (5,596,444,529 bytes)
4) Copy pak22.psarc into and PSARC.exe directory.
5) Extract pak22.psarc (just drag-n-drop pak22.psarc to PSARC.exe)
6) Now copy pak22 folder with extracted files to gamefolder /PS3_GAME/USRDIR/build/main
7) Now you can delete pak22.psarc.
8) Copy PS3_GAME folder with game to your external fat32 usb hdd GAMEZ/Uncharted2/
9) Use Backup Manager to load game, should work fine.

Guide: How to Run PS3 Games with 4+GB Files from External HDD

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#98 - undine69 - February 13, 2016 // 12:10 pm
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Thanks a lot mate

#97 - donraj86 - January 31, 2015 // 11:10 pm
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thank you!

#96 - topantita - December 14, 2014 // 12:18 am
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I try to find psarc file, but there is no "build" folder in USRDIR folder.. but in this folder i find 5 psarc file (four 1 gb, one 524 mb) what should i do?

the game is Tekken 6, and it doesnt work in ps3 ext hdd...


#95 - Pipila - December 14, 2014 // 12:00 am
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#94 - yokurt - December 13, 2014 // 9:44 pm
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thank you

#93 - windrider42 - December 10, 2014 // 7:23 am
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The tutorial is for external hard drive so it works. Psarc tool will split the Main big psarc file, thereby being able to put on external hdd.

Some other >4gb files only need to be split in order to put on external hdd.

#92 - kingkong332 - December 10, 2014 // 4:54 am
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dose this work for an external harddrive?

this probably wont work

#91 - NChecker - November 28, 2014 // 7:34 pm
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#90 - poolshark021 - November 27, 2014 // 5:58 pm
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#89 - prasila - November 26, 2014 // 11:12 pm
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i'm very eager to try this method