1st point: You can, but only on HDDs which you are intending to insert into a FAT PS2's internal HDD bay. Only HDL uses that format.
My understanding was that I could:
- Format my external drive to PS2 format w/ Winhiip, and install an iso. to play.
- Plug HD into Ps2 via USB and access the .iso with HDLoader.
2nd point: Impossible. HDL will never look for games any where else, but from the internal HDD (Only FAT PS2s have it).
OK, before I answer any of your questions below - USBExtreme/USBAdvance is "obsolete" ever since OPL was released.
I've given up on this method, and considered it not working for me.
Now, I've discovered USB Advance, and I have a few questions:
USBExtreme/USBAdvance has an inferior compatibility rate than OPL... so use OPL (Or PS2ESDL when I release it).
The answers to your questions are not only for USBExtreme/USBAdvance, but for OPL and all compatible loaders
You copy the ELF to somewhere accessible (USB device, or Memory Card), and launch it with any possible method. I use FMCB, or uLE (Already launched by some other method) to launch the ELF.
How do I install it to my memory card?
(I have FMCB, uLaunch, and a 1G USB Drive to work with.)
I managed to run the ELF with uLaunch, but I couldn't figure out how to install it.
FAT32 only. The games should be defragmented (There must be no fragmentation when you use OPL!! Not even 1% of fragmentation!!).
How should the HD be formatted?
(The USB drive I plan to use for games, has been formatted for use with the ps2, and prepared for use with HDLoader using Winhiip. Should I revert it back to NTFS?)
USBExtreme/USBAdvance dooes not require you to defragment your disk, but doing so may improve performance (Which is already very poor).
If you use USBExtreme's ul_install.exe or the windows installer (Can't remember the filename), you need a original disc (Or use a disc emulator like daemon tools).
How should I prepare a game for playing off of HD with USB Advance?
If you use some other tools, then you may only need a disc image.
If you didn't know: USBAdvance is the "pirated" copy of USBExtreme
If you need the USBExtreme tools, you should look for them on Google. The last time I'd checked, they were still relatively to obtain.
Unmodified SCPH-77006 with SM 3.6
SCPH-39006 with M-chip modchip, SCPH-10281 NA and refurb Seagate 80GB HDD
SCPH-10000 v1.00 with SCPH-10190 PCMCIA NA and SCPH-20400 HDD unit