You will need to find some way to run homebrew. On a unmodded console the exploit is the way. But is fairly hard to do this, you will need an original PS1 disc and a lot of google If you choose to cip your console be sure to chip it with a mod that allow you to boot from memory card or hdd... DMS3, DMS4, Matrix Infinity... and you put the uLaunchELF on memory card as BOOT.ELF, and from there is verry easy, you may transfer the saves to hdd or to a usb stick. Good luck.
PlayStation 2 SCPH 50004 (V9) Matrix Infinity FW 1.93, MAXTOR 120GB, RGB, Eye Toy, SingStar KIT, 3D Glasses by SplitFish, USB Stick 256mb by Emtec
Soft: HDL 0.8c, uLaunchELF v4.12, myPS2 v1.2, SMS 2.0, MediaPlayerPRO