they'll be installed to the same place: dev_hdd0/game . all packages aside from certain custom ones install there regardless of location installed from. as for your issue, I'm not sure what could be wrong unless the ports are failing or something.
went into hdd off usb though multi man but same issue it wouldn't install it so there is a ghost in the machine thanks for your help
pkg - psnstuff-3.07-with-updated-database-2021 on pc - is what i was using without issues until today