Playstation 2 Slim W/ Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Sony PlayStation 1 & 2' started by godreborn, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. godreborn
    OP

    godreborn GBAtemp Psycho!

    Member
    3,822
    701
    Oct 10, 2009
    United States
    is it possible to play games via a hard drive with the ps2 slim? I installed a matrix infinity modchip a few years ago, but considering I'm using a hard drive for both wii and 360 games, I'd like to use a hard drive for the ps2 as well.
     
  2. Sop

    Sop groovy dude lmao

    Banned
    1,244
    207
    Nov 14, 2010
    qld
    Nah, only on the fat models via the network adapter.
     
  3. marcus134

    marcus134 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    584
    80
    May 7, 2011
    Canada
    Québec
  4. SS4

    SS4 GBAtemp Fan

    Member
    382
    27
    Jan 13, 2010
    Canada
    In front of my Computer
    Well id have lots of download to do unless you can extract ps2 games like on the wii cfg loader from the disc directly lol.

    But yeah I was thinking of going HDD on my slim since the DVD reader is getting old...I thought you couldnt, so your saying that it can be done on a slim as long as its chipped? Unlike the fat that can be done as is...

    Any links for products or FAQs on the process?
     
  5. Lily

    Lily One Scary Lady

    Former Staff
    5,728
    398
    Jun 18, 2004
    Canada
    British Columbia
    You can get an HD Combo, which is part replacement case (to provide room for the hard drive) and part solder install. Only attempt it if you're really good at soldering, because it's pretty easy to bugger the slim with it.
     
  6. DeathStrudel

    DeathStrudel GBAtemp Fan

    Member
    354
    37
    Nov 27, 2010
    United States
    Raleigh, NC
    You can use an external USB HDD on a PS2 slim, but it's not as good as an internal HDD, iirc FMVs play slow and you might experience lag issues

    also HDCombo only works on v12 and v13 PS2s
     
  7. marcus134

    marcus134 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    584
    80
    May 7, 2011
    Canada
    Québec
    Well, apparently, some worked the compatibility on more recent model.
    http://www.hdcombo.com/hdcombo_ins2.htm
    http://www.westingames.cn/sdp/1000564/4/pd...dd-on_sale.html
    also, I found that http://www.electronics-mod.com/default.asp...amp;cmdID=46989
    However, I don't know if these are legitimate.

    @godreborn
    It's also possible to use the network adapter to load games from a remote hdd, it's much faster than usb but slightly less than from the dvd, for most game, it's fast enough.
     
  8. jalaneme

    jalaneme Female Gamer

    Member
    6,248
    195
    Nov 27, 2006
    London
    it's such a shame that we can't play ps2 games from a external hard drive, the ps3 can do it and so can the wii, that is so backwards, it would be awesome becasue i wouldn't have to get out my 200+ ps2 collection it would all be there on a hard drive, very convenient.

    i have a matrix infnity modchip on my ps2 slim but it would be much faster for hard drive loading, but you can't use external hard drives on the slims becasue the usb ports are only 1.1 speed so it's pretty much useless.
     
  9. marcus134

    marcus134 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    584
    80
    May 7, 2011
    Canada
    Québec
    You can actually use an external HDD with decent speed on a ps2 slim if you are using the Ethernet connection (SMB), most game will play almost perfectly, albeit an extra second or 2 in loading times.

    BTW, you should read previous post before posting as I pointed out that it was possible to connect a hdd on a slim ps2 "internally" (through the ps2 IDE controller), meaning that it would give you full speed.
     
  10. Armadillo

    Armadillo GBAtemp Psycho!

    Member
    3,616
    1,594
    Aug 28, 2003
    United Kingdom
    They are legit. You have to at least partially install a chip with it as well to get it going. You can see an example here
    http://shop.01media.com/viewSingleFaq.asp?faqID=119

    Have to install at least the bios wires on a modbo 4 to make it work, or you can install all the wires to get full support (play backup discs , ps1 etc). It apparently works fine from what I've read, although there seems to be a lot of hostility towards it, something to do with it using fmcb and other free software (not entirely sure what).
     
  11. SS4

    SS4 GBAtemp Fan

    Member
    382
    27
    Jan 13, 2010
    Canada
    In front of my Computer
    This is quite an interesting topic, ill do some more research on the matter and see what ill do about it.
    But can u run PS2 games from a HDD using a PS3? Coz I know on the wii u cant load GC Games from the config loader which was a bummer when I learned it after trying an failing [​IMG]
     
  12. dilav

    dilav GBAtemp Maniac

    Member
    1,230
    40
    Nov 22, 2006
    United States
    I believe it is not possible unless you have a backward compatible PS3 due to the removal of the emotion engine to cut cost, most PS3 system cannot play ps2 games via disc or hard drive.
     
  13. marcus134

    marcus134 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    584
    80
    May 7, 2011
    Canada
    Québec