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How To Transfer Files to a PSP Memory Stick (Older Firmwares)


Even if you mostly use your PSP for gaming, why ignore its potential for other things? Transferring audio, image, and video files to your PSP's memory stick using a USB cable is a snap, and will let you listen to music or podcasts on the go, show your vacation snapshots to your coworkers, or watch the latest movie trailers downloaded from the web.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 2 minutes or more, depending on the number of files

Here's How:

  1. Insert a Memory Stick into the Memory Stick slot in the left side of the PSP. Depending on how many files you want it to hold, you may need to get a larger one than the stick that came with your system.
  2. Turn on the PSP.
  3. Plug a USB cable into the back of the PSP and into your PC or Mac. The USB cable needs to have a Mini-B connector on one end (this plugs into the PSP), and a standard USB connector on the other (this plugs into the computer).
  4. Scroll to the "Settings" icon on the home menu of your PSP.
  5. Find the "USB Connection" icon in the "Settings" menu. Press the X button. Your PSP will display the words "USB Mode" and your PC or Mac will recognize it as a USB storage device.
  6. Create a folder called "PSP" on the PSP Memory Stick (if there isn't one already) -- it shows up as "Portable Storage Device" or something similar -- (you can use Windows Explorer on a PC, or Finder on a Mac). There should also be a folder called "MP_ROOT" (not inside the "PSP" folder).
  7. If they aren't there already, create folders called "PHOTO" and "MUSIC" inside the "PSP" folder. There also should be a folder called "100MNV01" inside the "MP_ROOT" folder.
  8. Drag and drop files into the folders just as you would save files in another folder on your computer. Image files go in the "PHOTO" folder, audio files go in the "MUSIC" folder, and video files go in the "100MNV01" folder.
  9. Disconnect your PSP by first clicking on "Safely Remove Hardware" on the bottom menu bar of a PC, or by "ejecting" the drive on the Mac (drag the icon into the trash). Then unplug the USB cable and press the circle button to return to the home menu.


  1. Image files compatible with firmware version 2.00 or higher are jpeg, tiff, gif, png and bmp.
  2. Audio files compatible with firmware version 2.60 or higher are MP3, ATRAC3plus, MP4, WAV and WMA.
  3. Video files compatible with firmware version 1.50 or higher are MPEG-4 (MP4/AVC).
  4. PSPs with older firmware versions won't recognize all file types. Use the tutorial linked below to find out which firmware version you have, and check the firmware profiles to see what file formats it can use.

What You Need

  • a PSP
  • a computer
  • a Memory Stick Duo or Pro Duo
  • a USB cable with a Mini-B connector on one end
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