Getting started on OPL, HDD method
Hello, I've finally got myself a spare IDE HDD so I can finally try out OPL :D
But I've run into a few problems, I've tried searching but I get a different answer for my questions and I just want to make sure I can get an up to date information I'm looking for.
So here are my questions. This is regarding the usage of an internal IDE HDD.
1. Reading some tutorials on PS2 HDD formatting, I've read that it requires special PFS format using a homebrew software on the PS2 machine instead of on the PC? But I also hear a lot of people saying that it needs to be just formatted for FAT 32 and that PS2 will recognize it. If I were to format my HDD into PFS format, would my PC recognize it if put back into the PC via IDE cables? or can I just keep it in FAT 32 format?
2. Can OPL/HDloader rip games from the disc? I've also read somewhere that Hdloader has a capability of ripping games straight from the disc that is inserted into the PS2. If this is true, it would be quite a time saver for me as I won't have to make an image of it, then transfer over to the HDD. And how much workload would ripping games put on the laser?
3. What other methods of uploading games do I have available? Networking is not an easy option for me, I have my PS2 in the second floor and my router/PCs in the basement, so I'm trying to stay away from SMB/NAS approach and just stick to good old IDE HDD as it gets best speed anyway. However, to put new games on the HDD, from what I've read on forums, none of them mentioned something as simple as taking out the HDD and just connecting it directly to the PC, then putting files in there. Maybe it's more complicated than that and I'm just missing the gap.
4. Is winhiip a patch tool on its own? That is, as it uploads the images onto the HDD, does it patch it to work with OPL? Or do I need to manually patch it beforehand?
Sorry I've got a whole bunch of questions, but I've been saving them up for a few days, just got lucky with a friend giving me his extra PC so I've now got my hands on some IDE HDDs :D
Thank you for your help