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PS2 HDD Install Tutorial by Jurai
PS2 HDD Install
1) A Playstation 2 Network Adapter
2) A 40gig or larger Harddrive*
3) The PS2 HDD Tool from #ps2ownz.com
The first thing you need to do is check if the harddrive
you intend to use on your Playstation 2 will fit onto the
network adapter. Simply take your harddrive in hand and see
if it lines up with the power and ide adapters on the network
adapter, if it will properly fit then you are one step closer
to a working hdd in your ps2, if not there are two things
you can do:
a) The IDE connector has a lil bit of leeway, try pushing
it over enough so that it will line up with your hdd.
b) If you still cannot get it to line up, your only hope is
to dissassemble the network adapter unit so that you will
be able to get the power and IDE properly aligned, this option
should be taken as last resort since there is a high chance
you will damage your network adapter
Now that you have confirmed that your hdd will fit onto the
network adapter, you need to make sure the hdd is properly
set so that the PS2 will recognize it. To do this you need
to ensure that the jumper settings located on the back of
your hdd are set so that the hdd is MASTER. To find the proper
jumper settings you should consult the top label of the hdd
(where it is usually stated), or refer to any reference materials
that came with your hdd.
With your hdd set to master, attach it to the network adapter
by lining up the connectors and pushing firmly, the network
adapter does not really feel adequate to support the hdd,
so do not dangle it around.
Now simply place the network adapter with attached hdd back
onto your PS2 as you normally would, you can screw in the
screws on the back now if you want but i would wait til you
make sure your hdd is setup properly.
Turn on your PS2, it should seem to take a very slight bit
longer to startup, and you should be able to audibly hear
your hdd unit spin up then spin down, if this happens then
your hdd is properly installed, if not, turn off the PS2 and
check the jumper settings, also make sure the connection between
the adapters is firmly established.
Now that you have your hdd working, you need to format it.
To do this boot up the ps2ownz hdd tool either by direct booting
or with swap discs.
The utility has a simplistic gui, and do not be alarmed if
at first it tells you the device is not found. Click on the
format option and press R1 to choose the Submit option, you
should see the icon in corner spin for a second, then your
file structure should appear. I believe the utility does a
quickformat, since when i used a full 40gig drive it still
took only a few seconds. You may wish to zero out your hdd
ahead of time for the sake of having a nice clean drive to
Now your hdd is ready for use, just find yourself some games
that support it and enjoy! any questions msg me on efnet,
* a smaller drive can be used but bb nav requires 40gig+
Written by Jurai.