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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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#28 - raidsoft - September 27, 2010 // 6:44 am
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Well it works, I used this to play tekken 6 and uncharted 2, though tekken 6 got some STUPIDLY long loadtimes, uncharted 2 worked perfectly.

Not sure but it seems like a coding problem in tekken 6, it just seemed like it was just sitting there doing nothing most of the time (my thought was maybe it waits for some kind of timeout, or maybe it just searches through the entire drive to find the file)

It wasn't particularly playable at least imo when it comes to tekken6.. No doubt it's a step forward at least as it will work on some games.

#27 - PS4 News - September 27, 2010 // 5:42 am
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Quote Originally Posted by chrrox View Post
Ps this tool was taken from

Quote Originally Posted by xerius View Post
original source news:

author psarc extractor:

Well, at least people know now... apparently inf1 neglected to mention either so most places (including here) reported him as being the source.

#26 - dream21 - September 27, 2010 // 5:36 am
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you can format any hard disk drive like 1TB in fat32 if you are running Mac os.i used mine like that and copy all games 4gb+ via firewire800/400 iMac.

(sorry for my english)

#25 - xerius - September 27, 2010 // 5:34 am
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original source news:

author psarc extractor:

#24 - iced8 - September 27, 2010 // 5:27 am
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Quote Originally Posted by buddie ro View Post
ok guys i dragged the file onto the program and it showed the process but when it was done i didn't see any folder just the same file i had before. need help..

Same here. Seems like the program just reads the file but never physically extracts it to the hdd. (win xp, with latest .net framework) hmmm...

#23 - oust62139 - September 27, 2010 // 5:14 am
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Doesn't work for Resistance: Fall of Man. Extracted game.psarc file (~6GB), extracted as "game" folder with ~11GB's of files. Crashes PS3 after XMB.

Still, this is a good idea for games that will work.

#22 - TDMaster - September 27, 2010 // 5:09 am
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bj729 as the first comments download the latest .NET Framework

#21 - bj729 - September 27, 2010 // 4:35 am
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error: "unable to find a version of the runtime to run this application"

#20 - luker - September 27, 2010 // 4:33 am
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Not working with Motorstorm 2

#19 - kipper5k - September 27, 2010 // 3:49 am
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Killzone - No
Tekken 6 - No
Motostorm - No

Uncharted 2 - yes