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[How To] Boot Games Off USB (External Hard Drive) With Playstation 2 (PS2

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Foreword: After a year and a half later, I have decided to re-write this guide, because honestly, it was not my own and it was presented very poorly. Remember, I do no support piracy. Use the USB method to play your games on the hard drive to help your PS2 laser last longer. The performance will vary, but that is up to you if you want to stick with it. Good luck! (6-13-09) ~Versatile IMPORTANT NEWS (5-1-10): It seems that there are a lot of dishonest users on the Internet that are copying this guide without giving credit back to me, Versatile. Because of this, I will be looking to update all the pictures in this article to have a watermark. We have an active team scouring the net for those who have copied this article. If caught, we will be forced to take action against you. This is your warning. – Versatile Revisions: [Update: 1/15/08] I have gotten Viewtiful Joe 2 to copy to my hard drive, and I was able to boot off the hard drive and play it on the PS2. Now my laser will live longer! All help will be given in the comments as usual. [Update 2/13/08] Added link to SKS Apps. Without that site, this tutorial is nothing. [Update 7/13/08] Added 2 new youtube videos of my own! [Update 11/25/08] I am so frickin sick of people asking why their game doesn’t work and all they see is a black screen. Is it because your game isn’t compatible? Check out this list below and stop whining, or use swap magic and ditch the whole USB hard drive all together. The USB 1.1 performance IS NOT WORTH IT in my eyes. http://www.elotrolado.net/hilo_Listado-de-compatibilidad-enUSBExtreme_744276?pagenumber=1 [Update 6-8-09] Re-wrote the whole tutorial. Will expand upon the USB Extreme GUI interface software at a later date. [Update 6-12-09] Re-wrote major sections of the tutorial again to make it more clear. [Update 6-13-09] Added new Youtube Video tutorial on the USB Extreme Windows Installer! [Update 6-28-09] Added new Youtube Video tutorial on list of selectable games! [Update 12-18-09] Here is another source for finding compatibility list: http://list.sksapps.com/

DVD9 games (like God of War 2) are larger than 4. Novelty factor is awesome! Cons      Game compatibility is low. Saves strain on PS2 laser because using USB interface for game playing. Need to have third party tool to launch the “boot CD”. Enjoy! [Update 1-9-10] Added free mcboot video. it is still going strong. more and more people are getting the PS2 to play old school PS2 games. Note: USB advance is in last column. Wait. This can be done with modchip. What better way to preserve your games and your PS2 laser than playing off the USB interface? This guide is based off of Swap Magic implementation. What tools do I need to make this work? Hardware/Software tool: You need to have at least one of the items below before we continue:    Modchip Swap Magic Exploited memory card (such as Free McBoot) IMPORTANT: For this guide. [Update 12-26-09] Added new PS2 Slim USB Booting tutorials.com/2008/01/05/how-to-find-swap-magic-for-ps2/ . Works on both fat and slim PS2. Flash drives can work . You can learn more about swap magic at this guide: http://versatile1. Can have a list of selectable games in the USBExtreme interface. or exploited memory card. Everything else is for HDAloader. Highly recommend USB drives that have their own power adapter.4 GB and will not work with USBExtreme. you can but it requires some work. but the performance is so horrible its not worth doing it.wordpress.6 CD to boot the USBExtreme disc! Blank Media:  1 CD-R (700MB is fine) Note: I highly suggest swap magic if you are unwilling to mess with the other options. I left some important notes out.1 interface (slow but better than nothing). Requires USB hard drive. I will be using Swap Magic 3. After 9+ years. Here are the PROs and Cons: Pros      Uses USB 1. you can play games off the USB interface? Yes. Introduction The PS2 is a great console. With the new $99 price point. swap magic.[Update 12-25-09] Fixed the instructions.

PowerIso. You need to burn the image file.] Usb Advance: Link [This is required. Now extract the other zip file called “USBExtreme_wininst” to its own folder.1 port. You could use pen or usb flash drives.bin file is 34 MB.] What should I use for the USB mass storage device? This is what I recommend:     USB 2. you may see that your PS2 may not see your USB hard drive enclosure.Download the Software below (more detailed instructions to follow): Usb Xtreme: Link [Optional.cue file. Do not use laptop external hard drives which gets its power from the PS2 USB 1. it requires power from the outlet). Tutorial Begins here *drools*:  Extract the USB Advance zip file that you downloaded earlier into its own folder.exe. Get this if you want to use the graphical user interface for easier format/game installing. label it and set that disc aside.bin and a . This will make more sense later. and you will have ridiculously long load times. Preparing the USB hard drive: . that is.exe. I have people verifying this may fix the issue.0 hard drive that uses its own power supply (for example. but performance will be horrible.exe and ul_install. Once the CD-R is burnt. or any other type of CD burning software and burn this image file to your blank CD-R disc. It is not enough power. Use Nero. and the . You will see contents like the screenshot below:     Now double-click the USBAdvance-PC-Software. A dedicated section to this program will be covered later in this tutorial. The game will chug. Now go to preparing the USB hard drive step. A USB hard drive that is at least 10 gigs or larger is highly recommended. If that is the case. The average PS2 game size will vary from as low as 282 MB up to as high as 4483 MB or 4. You will see two programs inside it: ul_format. ImgBurn. The . You will now have a program called USBExtreme. Notice there is a .cue file is 1KB. Alcohol120%.483 GB. if your game can load! Note: I understand when going through this tutorial. Extract these to your C:\. please try a different USB hard drive.

Let’s enable fast transfer speeds on your USB drive before we start copying games. do not forget to unplug the device the proper way (that is Unplug or eject hardware) when you remove the USB drive! Installing games onto your USB hard drive: This is pretty easy. . but not required. If your hard drive is FAT32.exe” command. It is important that the USB hard drive is FAT32.exe windows software. The command to use the program is “ul_format X format” where X is your USB hard drive. We have two methods. Both programs do the same job. and go to quick format for FAT32. Speed varies from from 1MBps to about 10-15MBps. right click the USB drive. We are almost done. I would type “ul_format E format”.    Insert USB hard drive to your PC. You can also launch the USBExtreme Software. Example: My USB hard drive is E:. Note: If you want. Method one uses the “ul_install. which is pretty fast! Also. and tell it to format your USB drive as well as shown below: Here the I: drive is my USB drive. This is how to use it:      Go to Start -> Run. No need to format it again. go to My Computer. Type “cmd” and press enter. great.exe command to format your USB hard drive. Enabling fast USB hard drive transfer speeds:  Go to My Computer->Properties->Hardware->Device Manager->Disk Drives>(external one here)->Properties->Policies->Optimize for performance. and method 2 uses the USBExtreme. Go to your C:\ root. and the second program is easier to use for those who are novices. you can use the ul_format. go to the format tab. If it is not.

The command to use here is “ul_install SourceDrive TargetDrive GameName CD/DVD”. My USB drive is I:\>. then it is CD format. The name of my game is The Bouncer. Example: My DVD drive is letter H. Go to Start -> Run. Navigate to your C:\> drive. It will start ripping the game. Configure the “Gamer Installer” window for your game and click start. I type “ul_install H I ViewtifulJoe DVD”. Press enter and it will start copying the game. My USB drive is I. To verify if your game is CD or DVD format. The type of disc I am ripping from is DVD. Example:    I insert Viewtiful Joe PS2 game into my computer. If the file size is less 700MB or less. . See picture below:  Here it will copy the game from my DVD drive to my USB drive and prepare it in the special USB game playing format. At the command prompt on my C:\> drive.Method 1: Using the command line      Insert your PS2 game into your computer’s DVD drive. Insert your game. Type “cmd” and press enter. right click on the disc and go to properties. Method 2: Using the USBExtreme Windows Software Launch the software. Anything else and it is DVD. My DVD drive has letter H:\>.

it will prompt you: Click Yes. and then it will start ripping the game from DVD drive to the USB hard drive: When the rip is done.After you click Start. you will see a screen like the one below: .

Repeat the process over and over for additional games and you will get a list as shown below. Load your Swap Magic CD disc. Finally you are done. When you load the USB drive from the PS2. Let’s play on the PS2!    Turn on PS2. this list will be selectable. load your USB Advance CD-R that you burnt earlier. . Now you will be at the USBExtreme screen. At the main Swap Magic screen.

and within 7 seconds your game will load! Enjoy! Troubleshooting 1) Make sure to make your USB hard drive partition a primary. within a few seconds. Turn it on. Visit SKS Apps here. you will see your game(s) show up on the screen. Connect USB hard drive to PS2. press “X”. . Highlight your desired game. but I made my drive a primary partition. I am not sure if it needs to be logical drive.