How to Connect a PSP to a Computer Without a USB Cable

by Craig Brewer ; Updated September 22, 2017

Items you will need

  • PSP Memory Stick

  • USB-connected Memory Stick slot (optional)

If you lose your USB attachment cord for your Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP), you can still transfer files to and from your computer. All it takes is a little fiddling with Windows Explorer and an appropriate Memory Stick slot or adapter. Since most computers come with Memory Stick slots as standard pieces of hardware, you are likely already prepared to transfer files without the USB cord.

Eject the Memory Stick from your PSP by opening the slot and pressing slightly on it. The piece should pop out smoothly.

Insert the Memory Stick into the appropriate slot in your PC. Note that if you have an older PC, you may need to purchase an external USB-connectible Memory Stick adapter from a third party, as Sony does not produce these for PSP Memory Sticks.

Open Windows Explorer. You can either double-click on the icon on your PC desktop or find it in the Accessories folder in your Start button.

Locate the Memory Stick in Windows Explorer. Windows gives the default drive name "G:" to PSP Memory Sticks most of the time, but you may need to try other drive names if "G:" does not appear. You will know that you are in the Memory Stick folder because you will see folders such as "GAMES," "MOVIES," and, in older versions of PSP firmware, "PSP" folders.

Move and edit any files you want once you have the correct folder open. When finished, simply close Windows Explorer, and return the Memory Stick to your PSP. Turn on your PSP, and you should find all of your new files where you normally would on your PSP.

Tip

  • Remember that the Memory Stick is your PSP's hard drive. Anything you delete from the folders in Windows Explorer will be removed from your PSP permanently.

    Some Windows 7 developers claim to have shareware that allows you to connect your PSP to your computer through the Wi-Fi connection. Sony, however, does not support these applications, so use them at your own risk.

About the Author

Craig Brewer, a graduate of the University of Texas, has been a freelance writer for 12 years, while also working as a software engineer and video game tester. He has published articles in a number of regional magazines, as well as all over the internet.

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