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2.5" external usb hdd (no power cable) workin on slim ps2!
2.5" external usb hdd (no power cable) workin on slim ps2! –
hey im pretty happy as i managed to get my 2.5" external 'laptop' usb hdd (powered only from the ps2 usb port, no extra power needed) workin on my slim ps2.
i had to set it up so that the partition was set as PRIMARY, using partition magic software (i had it wrongly set to 'Logical' before, so OPL (and free mcboot etc) wasn't detecting the hdd). then i just formatted the hdd to FAT32 (windows might not let you do this, so just use some other software such as the 'USBextreme' game installer software, 'format option').
I noticed the hdd doesnt need any external power. it is completely powered from the ps2 usb port (the external hdd+enclosure runs perfectly fine on 5 Volts, which i believe is the voltage the ps2 usb 1.1 port provides).
i did some tests. the loading speeds of various games i tried, were the same between using a flash memory stick/pen, and the hdd. there was no difference in loading speeds and performance (videos still stuttered regardless of using the hdd or flash memory stick/pen).
i then tested the hdd against the actual cd/dvd's + swapmagic. the results were varied. the 'usb hdd' loading was always slower of course. in some cases if a game took 1 minute to load on cd/dvd, it would take 1.3 minutes from the hdd. but in other cases, if a game took 1 minute to load on cd/dvd, it would take 2 or more minutes from the hdd. i dont care about this though, i love not having to use disks, and to have all the games on one hard drive instead. i can live with longer load times and stuttering video.
if anyone would like to know, this small external usb hard drive i am using is a LACIE MOBILE, which is about 200gb (they come in other sizes like 320gb). anyway it is nice to have a small, slim external 2.5" hdd, requiring no seperate power supply, and running on the slim ps2, simply plugged into one of the ps2 usb ports. so for those who are new to the scene, or didn't know... yes, it's possible
ALSO: as of 15th September 2010.. it is much cheaper to use an external usb hdd, instead of a usb flash memory stick/pen. i bought a kingston 128gb usb flash stick/pen on ebay, and it turned out to be fake! dont waste your time with usb sticks. ebay is full of fakes, and to buy one new is very expensive (£250 for 128gb stick, but the 200gb-300gb lacie mobile external hdd i am using is only about £50 on ebay....)
Last edited by bruce_lee_; 09-14-2010 at 10:36 PM.
nice to know....
i m going to use 3.5" samsung 160GB hard disc, of course with an enclosure which requires externel power, when i receive my card from one of the FMCB installers.....