1. zfreeman

    OP zfreeman GBAtemp Maniac
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    The purpose of this tutorial is to install FHDB (Free Hard Drive Boot) directly to an HDD, using a Windows PC, WITHOUT a PS2. In order to complete this tutorial, the HDD needs to connect to the PC. After the installation, a compatible (fat) PS2 can properly interact with the HDD.

    HDD + PC + .IMG = FHDB

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    0. Download
    1. Disk Management
    • Check that the HDD is connected
    DiskManagement.png


    2. HDD Raw Copy Tool
    • Select 'FHDB v1.966 (2019-01-14).img' as SOURCE, Continue
    • Select PS2 HDD as TARGET, Continue
    • Start (100% = done, close)
    source.png target.png


    3. PS2
    • Insert HDD into PS2 & Network Adapter
    ps2_hdd.jpg
     
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    Thank you.:)

    That means:

    - The PlayStation 2 is directly booting from the HDD now ? No need for an Memory Card ?
    (except VMC´s for the Games).
    - Did I have to press/hold a specific Button on the Controller during Powwer On/Boot Up ?
    - I can not use my existing HDD,I have to do it on an fresh HDD and transfer the Covers/Arts/Cheats/Games all over again ?

    Thank you for your help.:)
     
  3. tech3475

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    FHDB automatically runs when you turn on the system, if an FMCB card isn’t inserted.

    If you already have a method to run homebrew, you can install FHDB using that method as it’s just an option on the FMCB installer.

    Be aware that FHDB is slower than FMCB, so I’d only use FHDB as a backup.

    edit:

    Be careful if you have a hacked hddosd, as this gets more complicated.
     
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  4. zfreeman

    OP zfreeman GBAtemp Maniac
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    • FHDB automatically boots from the HDD in the PS2. No need for a Memory Card.
    • You can use your existing HDD, but it will overwrite the beginning 7-8GB of the HDD. To ensure the least problems, I recommend a fresh HDD. You will have to transfer the Covers/Arts/Cheats/Games all over again. There is a premade HDD image (.IMGC) with art already included.
    • FHDB is only slower during the boot sequence. The HDD is last in the boot order and adds 8-10 seconds after turning on the PS2, compared to FMCB.
     
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    Hello.:)

    Thank you for the Link to the Image.:)

    So it means:
    FreeMC Boot needs a few Seconds to get into uLaunchELF
    FreeHD Boot only adds the same Time compared when you on
    uLaunchELF - > Browser and open the HDD (in 2-5 Seconds usual) ?
    (I mean: with FMCB you boot and need to wait for the HDD is ready and FHDB is already on HDD Access.)

    If yes,then is FHDB not really slower.:)
    (Apart from this,for those few Seconds I do not care at all.)


    Thank you.:)
     
  6. zfreeman

    OP zfreeman GBAtemp Maniac
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    • The time for uLaunchELF to boot is the same.
    • Accessing the HDD from uLaunchELF might be different, but the time depends on the speed of the HDD.
     
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    Thank you,everything clear and well explained now.:)
     
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    nice tutorial now i can free up my mc's once i get my drive and adapter
     
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    Note that after doing this, you should format the disk in WLaunchELF and do a clean install of FHDB from USB - first and foremost because of the peculiarities of APA partitioning, but also to enable the "HDD boot flag" in eeprom (which contrary to its name, makes the disk not shutdown immediately after booting from it, saving wear and time)

    If you want HDDOSD just find it in loose files format (wink wink) and copy it to the disk between those 2 steps I mentioned :)
     
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