The Sony software (BB Navi .20) REFUSES to format anything but a Sony HDD. I've seen Seagate and Maxtor drives so far. And Maxtor ones are the most common ones, btw
I've seen kits equipped with :
Seagate ST340823A (U Series 5 40823)
Maxtor 4D040H2 (DiamondMax D540X)
You might have luck using a standard retail unit for a replacement, but I'm allmost sure the Sony ones have "watermaks" either in firmware or in the medium, making the BB Navigator and the PS2 linux FDISK being able to detect it as a Sony sold drive.
I did testing with a 60 gig model from same series as my Maxtor PS2 drive and the BB Navi refused to format it. It did query the drive then show a red screen claiming the drive was faulty.
The drive were properly set up and zero-filled, as just the original drive when you get the kit.
I wish you luck on this, sparc.
SCPH-10000_GH-001 SCPH-15000_GH-003 SCPH-18000_GH-008 SCPH-30001_GH-005 SCPH-30000_GH-016(V4) SCPH-30001_GH-010(V4)
2xSCPH-10190, 2xSCPH-10350, 2xSCPH-10280
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