Sony PSP to Windows: Download Photos and Music?
I just bought a new Sony PSP and am having a heck of a time figuring out how to get it to work with my Windows XP PC. I know I can copy music and pictures onto the PSP, but I don't know how. Help?
Good news. It's not difficult to accomplish what you seek, but there are a number of steps required to download files from your PC to your PSP.
The first step is to make sure that you have a Memory Stick Duo in your PSP and, if necessary, format the Memory Stick with the PSP itself (go to Home, then Settings, then scroll down to System Settings and use the 'X' button to select this option, then scroll down to Format Memory Stick and select the option). You'll only have to do that once.
Next, take the USB cable and hook one end into the PSP on the top middle edge and the other end into your PC.
Now, using the Settings menu, choose USB Connect and your PC should shortly see your PSP as a removable drive.
The very first time I did this on my Windows XP system, the OS installed some new drivers, then promptly told me it had to reboot for the device to be mounted on the system:
So, logically, I did just that, and when it rebooted the device showed up as Removable Disk G:, as shown here on My Computer:
Double click the new drive and you'll find that there's only one folder therein, called PSP. Double click in that and you'll find that you have four folders that the format has created:
Looking good! Now if you have MP3 music files, you can drag and drop them into the MUSIC folder (and if they're in the wrong audio file format, please see How to convert WMA audio files into MP3 audio files), and JPEG (or, sometimes, JPG) photographs or graphics, you can download them into the PHOTO folder. Once you've done that, perusing the PHOTO folder, for example, will reveal that your pictures are loaded and ready to use:
That's about all you need to do, believe it or not. Copy any music or graphic files you want into the appropriate folders, then when you're done move back up to the list of "Devices with Removable Storage", click on the PSP removable disk and choose Eject.
(Actually, sometimes when I do this step Windows XP refuses to eject the disk, complaining that "An error was encountered trying to eject 'Removable Disk (G:)' but I've found if I ignore the error and just unplug the PSP, all is well)
Now, to view downloaded pictures on your PSP, move to the Photo area. You'll see one item shown: "Memory Stick" and an indication of how much free space you still have on your Memory Stick Duo. Click on that by pressing the 'x' button and... poof! You'll see all your photos listed. Click on any and you'll get a nice full-screen view.
To listen to the songs you've downloaded, go to Music, click through the "Memory Stick" information, and you'll see a list of MP3 files. Click on any of them to have them play.
That should get you going with your PSP. The issue of how to download movies, well, that's quite a bit more complicated and something we'll explore in a different article. :-)
Useful reference articles:
• Download music from your PC to your Sony PSP
• Watch DVD Movies on a Sony PSP
• Getting Network Update to work on a Sony PSP
• Sony PSP Firmware Update Instructions
• iTunes music on a Sony PSP
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Reader Comments To Date: 263
I didn't know I had to format my memory card in the first place, and I have a bunch of save files for my games and when I go to format my memory stick, it tells me I have to erase everything on my memory stick. Can I copy all the saves on my psp to my comp and then put them back on and have them there because I don't want to lose all my process. Thanks for your help.
Thats all very fine and dandy, but my PSP says that formatting my PSP will delete everything on my PSP, and I have Daxter at 98%, Pinball Hall of Fame with everything unlocked, and ATV Offroad Fury 15% complete! What now??? Can I copy my data, and how?
can you put gif on the psp?
When I connect a device to USB 2.0 port it says the device has malfunctioned and windows does not recognize it. I have the latest drivers installed for my USB 2.0 card though.
i need to know what a memory stick pro duo is and how to get it, please help me! I have a USB cord and I have already tried to put music on it and it keeps sayin not enough memeory on it
Hi Dave ive had a psp for a while now and you have helped me out of some tight jams. I have a knew problem. I think that i have updated my psp so many times that the computer wont download music onto it any more, i could be wrong of course, if i am could you tell me my problem, and how to fix it of course. The Problem is that the computer just keeps saying error when i finnish copying and then the music files are deleted. Ne way my computer is a windows XP and my music program is windows media player. if you could help and email me that would be the greatest thx.
oh and by the way the error code is C00D11CD
srry again but this may be another bit of info you may need, but my mom just finnished having someone wirelessly fix the computer from a virus.
im really sorry i keep giving you more info and taking up more space but i would like to know if this is normal. after i double click on removable disk F there are more folders than just PSP. There are: PSP, MUSIC, PICTURE, VIDEO, MP_ROOT
(i have no idea what it is). Inside the PSP Folder there is: COMMON, GAME, SYSTEM, SAVEDATA.
Inside MP_ROOT there is are folders (with nothing in them) called: 100MNV01 and 101ANV01 if you could tell me what these are as well that would be a big help.
and i sure hope you can read what my e-mail is because i am definitely not putting it up for everyone to see (no offense everyone)
hi i have a ceramic white psp version 2.6
i want to know how do i get windows Xp on my psp?
I tried to plug in my PSP but I got in in driver H, and did not get those 4 folders.. just system and sunthing else i can't remember.. what to do?
hey dave you helped out a lot on my picture problem.could you tell me where the best place is to download games and if possible could they be free i doubt they can be though.:)
I found your site very uninformative, you state the obvious and thanks to you I wasted quite some time reading your useless information when I could have been seeking better information regarding my psp from another website that actually has some valuable knowledge that could help me out somewhat. Thanks Grisly Adams(Dave Taylor)........ Nah Im just kidding your site is pretty decent you helped me out quite a bit actually. Thanks dude!!!
I just brought a new PSP and i have firmware 3.03 installed. I let the PS format the memory stick and the folder structure is: (from windows)
Dragging music files into the music folder will work as described above
How can you get windows xp on your psp. Because I heard you could do it from a couple of my friends already
how can i get a cord for my psp to put music and pictures on it.
Raul, the PSP is not a PC, so anything you see that appears to be Windows XP or any other standard PC program running on the PSP is a trick. It'd be cool if you could run Windows on the PSP, but it just ain't so...
Joe, the cord you want is a standard "mini-USB" cord that has the narrow connector on one side and a standard USB connector on the other. You can get 'em at Target, Wal-Mart, Radio Shack and just about any other store that sells any sort of gadget.
for some reson wen i plug my cord to the back of the comp and go to settings it doesnt even show that the usb cable was there.............i dont understand.............
I was reading over everything you wrote and tried it out with my psp. Everything went smoothly until i clicked on the psp folder only 3 subfolders came up they were games savedata and systems how do i get music thx
What do you have to call the folder where you save the videos?
dosnt work on my psp for some reason????????
i hook my psp up then when i click removable disk it comes up as psp. when i click that it only comes up with 2 folders which are savedata and system. what do i do know
how do you insert a 2GB memory stick PRO Duo into a gateway pc properly?
i need help to put music,videos,and pictures and it's so complicating. can you help me?
hey thanks alot for the information!!!!
it really helped
i have to say im gonna buy a psp ina few days and this sounds like a very helpful thing i have read this 3 times and printed it out, i expect good out comes from this website. i think you should have pictures in all your questions
Hi DAVE I NEED HELP WITH MY SON PSP. WE WANT TO DOWNLOWED MUSIC,PICTURE AND MOVEIS.
HELP ME PLEASE.
I have a question. I just bought a new Memory Stick pro duo for my psp and it won't read my photos I put on it. It will accept my music files but when I look to see my photos it tells me that there are no photos. Now I made sure that the photos were in jpeg format but I can't figure it out. And I already formated the Memory stick so I'm kinda stuck. So can you help me?
I'm having a hard time transfering music to my psp. Pls. advise!
Thanks in advance!
I'm having a hard time transfering music videos to my psp. Also, is there a SAFE site to download music & videos for a small fee? Pls. advise!
Thanks in advance!
how do i change my psp main menu icons
how do i tarnsfer music from realplayer or media player to a psp
Is this supposed to be how to help you put a PSP drive on your Windows 98 forum or is this for the XP cause he was showing XP and I was searching for a 98 version... Anyone know how to better explain how to make my computer work and if PSP is compatable with Windows 2000 SE?
plz give me some info to download stuf on my psp
this website has helped me alot, But I am still having a problem. Most of my music is copying onto memory disk(all Mpeg4 format from itunes) and i am able to listen but some music is in that same itunes format but with a lock symbol at the top left of the individual songs in that music folder. On the menu with album names it has those albums names that do and don't work but the ones that don't work it show 0 tracks. Please help.
This does nothing for me. i really need help to download everything. music, videos, pics...etc.
please i have no music vidios or photoes please send me some ur friend ahmed
how do I install window xp in my psp?
hey, im having a problem with my PSP.... I want to know do you have to buy the movies or can you download them cause I want to download music videos!!! and the internet won work on my PSP well thanks eanyway hope you reply back
how to put psphacks on psp?
Hey this info helps a lot. =) can you help me with my psp? I got some short questions and stuff i cant figure out,
I have a GateWay, it aint the best of computers but its all i got at the moment, First I hook the Usb cable to computer and psp, and then i click USB connection and it says please wait and is still saying please wait, then nothing happens on computer so i go to control panel and click add new hardware and it says windows will search for any new plugin and play devices, then i click next and it searches. next it says the windows searches for devices for usb devices.
after i click next it has 2 clickable dots sorta like check marking spots to pick one of the options. one says search the best driver for your device(recommended)
and the other says display a list of drivers in a specific location so you can select the driver you want. I go to the recommended one and it says windows will search for new drivers in its drivers database, and it has a bunch of spots you can click for check marks for it to begin its search with I checked the boxes that say Floppy disk CD-Rom Drive Microsoft windows update and specify a location and under it all it says driver D:\,A:\,C:\CABS,C:\CABS <--- thats all the drivers in the scroll menu.
so heres the main problem,
I go with one driver but it says Windows was unable to locate a driver for this device, if you do not want to install a driver now click next to search again click back. so i go back to the other driver types but they all say the same thing. plz can you help me out? sorry for typeing so much.
Whenever I try to save stuff on my PSP , I receive an I/O device error. What does that mean and how do I prevent it ?
yall don't even know wat u r talking about so just stop ok!!!!!
yo do you have to format the stick because then ill lose all my memory
is there not away do to this without deleting my stuff
mine shows drive j how can I help that?
Thankz alot better than psp's website!
Dave, looks like your website is the place for all the answers. Hope you can help me out with this one. We just bought my son a PSP in America. We are now back in England and he is trying to upload some photos to it. We have gone to my computer, made a file called Photos on the PSP and drug and dropped photos to it, but nothing happens. It looks like there are photos there but then the PSP says "No Images". We'll see if a different cable makes a difference. Also, is there any way to make it work with Windows Vista? Thanks!
I am having the same problem as a number of your readers regarding downloading music to my psp. It seems taht I dowload them with my windows media player, and the folders show up on the psp, but "no tracks" are listed in the folders. Any help would be appreciated.
Dave man i gots to know how to get music off my
i-tunes library. much help needed
when i download music videos off of limewire my psp it says it is on because the memary goes down but the music and video files say there is nothing
i need help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
i just want to ask where can i download free music video in my psp
I can't figure out how to get music on my psp. And I can't get an internet connection. Can you please help or take me step by step please? Thank You
YO DAVE LISTEN UP MAN I GOT ONE HELL OF A PROBLEM!!!
My psp memory stick indicator keeps flashing amber
and it CANNOT be read.
PPPLLLZZ help me.
P.S:i tried your other forums but still no answers so could you plz try nd giv me a solution!
Ido have a memory stic,but the problem is that i dont know how to download a vedio or a photo in it.Can u plz tell me how to do that?
Try connecting my PSP to my computer but it says that the usb mass storge device has not passed logo testing and recomends that i not continue. What do i do. Im running windows xp
that didnt work, now i have nothing on my psp thanks, how do i get it back
um... how do u get photos or images to my ipod.
i tried all of the steps and its only the music that goes on my psp but the other things like photos and videos dont want to go on my psp..
thqanks alot 4 da solutions.but what i want now is to watch tv on my psp and activate it.Can u help me with it plsssss.thank u.i am expecting the answer in the next 6 days.
how do u get music and photos on a psp? i have no clue
i need help on how to get windows xp into your psp but i dont know how.
i have 2 problems 1 my psp does mot have any folders evept memory them my saved games are there what do i do i dont have music pictures or video number 2 my psp connects to my pc but my pc does not respond but it has before
thanks anyway i fixed it it was disabled but i found an easy 2 second download thing its called switch go to http://www.nch.com.au/switch/plus.html to get it then press download it works great
I have a problem downloading pictures onto my PSP. Every time I try to make updates on my xp, after installation, it says "SL17B.tmp has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience." And then there is an icon that says close. I click close and I click on the update icon at the bottom right. Another message appears saying The following updates were not installed: "Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Service Pack 1" Then there is another close button. I click close, and there is nothing else i can do. Another thing is that when I go to my G Drive, into my PSP Folder, there are only 2 folders. One says SAVEDGAME and the other says BROWSER. I checked into both folders, and neither one of them had the PHOTO, MUSIC, or VIDEO folders. Someone please help me.
hey man thank u so much that is so hard to do on the other sites u make so easy thanks man
Hi. Ok, so I put pictures and music on the files just like you said to do. and they are on the memory card when I put it on the computer, and they are on the file with the USB cable. but when i try to go on my psp and bring up the pictures and songs, it says that there are none. what do I do?
I need some help. I have one of the newer PSPs, version 3.6. I'm using a Windows XP OS, and when I go into the folder, there are two folders, SAVEDATA, and SYSTEM. All that is inside SYSTEM, is Browser. And all that is in SAVE DATA, is my game files.
Those having the updated PSP problems where it has only the two files in PSP listen up; I finally figured it out. You need to make the files yourself. :P
I can't find my PSP folder.
And when i plug my USB cable
into my PSP,nothing happens.
plz help. when i try to download some games, it says
do u watn to find or save this file. if i click find it does nothing, but if i choose save, i download the file but it never works. plz help cause i can't seem to play any games. btw if u want a good downloading site go on google and type "psp117" another site is www.pspiso.com. Gl and thanx in advance.
Hi dave ..
I've been trying to save images and videos ..
But I can't cuz the system sitting change doesn't apear help me !!
why can't i paste anything in my psp?
an error appears
please help me!!
Dude!! Thanks so much!! I just bought a PSP and have been wonderin about this!! =D
i put all my media in my psp folders and i pressed eject and it quoted unable to reject what should i do?
How to put videos from your computer to your psp.
every time i ask for help you give me the same thing thats not working i ask can you help me get on the internet on my white psp but everytime i go to infrastructure mode in network settings but what you tell me to do dont work things that you tell me be a the end so i really need you to help me because i want internet on my psp please help me.
How do we put windows vista on psp2000??????????????
How do I Enable WMA Playback on my PSP.
what if the photo isnt jpeg or jpg?
Joel, you'll probably need to convert it to a common graphical format. If it's PNG, it'd be worth testing, but anything else is probably not going to work properly.
Helow , do i need some programs on my computer to download mp3 and fotos to my psp ? where i can download windows xp ? How i can get the 3.90 firmware on my psp?
I did everything your article said, and everything looks the exact same as on your page. I can look at the photos I put into the photo file while i'm still on the computer, but when i put the memory card back into my psp it says I don't have any pictures. Can you help me to get my console to accept the pictures please?
Yo how do you put some musik videos,songs,or music on without the usb cord because im tryin to do that fo a long time and i cant go to the mall because my moms wont take me so howw you do it cause i only got an adapter thingie so how u do it
Seems like you're getting a lot of questions like this one - but I just can't find an answer. Have followed ALL your instructions for downloading music and pics onto psp. Downloaded music no problems - works a treat. Trying to copy pics onto psp - they are showing on computer as being in photos folder on psp but when I look on psp - no pics???? Any ideas????
Lisabeee, you really want to use the search feature here on the site: I have a number of different articles on pictures / photos and the PSP that I am sure will help you and offer more details than this overview article.
i just have one question.. one day while i was browsing the internet on my ceramic white psp a question of wether or not i wanted to save the image. i clicked no and it hasn't showed up since. is it possible to save images directly to your psp, and if so how? i have a 2gb memory stick.
omg i need one 4 free how do u do it anyways?
I am having trouble connecting my psp with my laptop which has windows vista it keeps coming up as an unknown device and wont let me access it how can i fix this
I have a Gateway computer and when I have gone to the start then, my computer then i go to drive F it dosent give me the choice of game, music, and photo what can I do to fix it?
When I open up my psp file under removable disk (i:) and there is no Music file. But there is common, system, saveddata, and Game. And there is no memory car file under the main file.
i have a windows xp and the computer does not recognize device and wont let me put any thing on my psp what should i try
how do u get gif pics 2 play on your psp?
thx sooooooooo much ur my hero!!! THIS WAS RELLY RELLY RELLY HELPFUL I HAVE BEEN TRING TO WORK THIS OUT FOR WEEKS THX HEAP
ok when my computer comes up it says removable disk(e:) so wat do i do? bcuz it wont let me put music on there
i lost all my meory howdo i get it back
I do have a lot to say, and questions of my own for that matter, but first I'd like to say thank you, Dave, for all your helpful information by
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