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

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235w ago - 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 PSARC.zip PlayStation Archive Utility (or the PARC GUI v0.1 or the PARC GUI v0.2 update by TeamKidneyBean if you prefer).
2) Extract zlib.net.dll 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 zlib.net.dll 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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#17 - buddie ro - 235w ago
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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..

#16 - Zhar - 235w ago
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Tested with Front Mission Evolved (Submitted for Compat. List)

Use PASARC tool on levels.psarc, will extract \levels\FM\PS3\LEVELS

add the LEVELS folder to BLES00788\PS3_GAME\USRDIR\FM\PS3

#15 - vivrosh - 235w ago
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in install folder put installsysd ata and installdata folder

....USRDIR\install\installsysd ata and installdata...

#14 - Drakhen - 235w ago
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It's amazing how fast this scene has been progressing, I definitely look forward to trying this out, keep up the great work guys..

#13 - chrrox - 235w ago
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hard to know, you can try to look for some references to those sound files in other files to figure out the correct path.

#12 - frango9000 - 235w ago
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i just extracted hawx 2 : "BLUS30488\PS3_GAME\USRDIR\install.psarc"

and it gave me 2 folders i tried placing those 2 folders on the root of the install.psarc

"BLUS30488\PS3_GAME\USRDIR\install\installdata" and "BLUS30488\PS3_GAME\USRDIR\install\installsysdata"

archive i could play but i got no sound, tried this way:

"BLUS30488\PS3_GAME\USRDIR\installdata" and "BLUS30488\PS3_GAME\USRDIR\installsysdata"

no sound either.. which way should i place them? what am i doing wrong?

#11 - chrrox - 235w ago
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This only works for games that look outside their archives for files. Some games will still not work even if they use psarc files if they are not coded to look outside the archive.

Ps this tool was taken from xentax.com.

#10 - shummyr - 235w ago
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Nice Guide and it's nicely documented guys

#9 - BwE - 235w ago
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interesting news, my ps3 has a 350gb hd so this ain't too exciting for me

#8 - adrianc1982 - 235w ago
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Well like someone said before it's really a step forward even if it only enables a couple of games to run on external drives those games make a difference. Thanks for the finding.

Edit: Does anyone know a similar tool for OS X? Thanks, will be looking for one and post results if I find a tool.

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