FAT PS2s have an optional Network Adaptor that also functions as a IDE HDD adaptor (The HDD gets plugged into the back of the Network Adaptor, and seats in your PS2's "Expansion Bay").
Though, on the PS2 wiki it says fat PS2s have an internal Hard Drive already, is that all fat PS2s does anyone know?
The Network Adaptor and HDD are both optional, and usually isn't sold with the FAT PS2 itself.
There isn't any "built-in" HDD either.
Official Sony HDDs are only 40GB in size.
And if so, what sort of sizes do they come in ?
You can use any other brand too - but games won't be able to access your HDD (The Sony HDD driver will reject "Non-Sony" HDDs).
Homebrew software are not affected by this "restriction" which Sony placed on accessing the HDD.
Just keep in mind that you have to physically modify your Network Adaptor if you use a Western Digital HDD.
There isn't one built in. The NA is the only HDD adaptor for an optional HDD.
And, would an inbuilt IDE dr ive conflict with an IDE drive plugged into the Network Adapter ?
Well... the built-in NA, improved laser, lower weight and smaller profile were the only improvements the slimline consoles offered.
hmm, seems Fat PS2s are the better choice really, or am I missing something about the Slims, other thsan the built-in Network Adapter and some say better lasers, though my v12 Slim proved otherwise for me :/
Newer slimlines don't share the issue which v12/v13 PS2s have - which was that the laser could blow if the MECHACON somehow crashed.
Generally, there isn't any performance gain.
I did hear that the slims had 2 chips merged into one, where the fat PS2s have them as seperate chips, but ppl seem to be saying it was for spac reasons only and would not really offer any perceivable performance increase. Anyone know anytging about that ?
Sony can't really replace the chips with any alternatives that offered any real performance increase anyway... or they may break some games that time certain events based on the speeds on certain hardware parts....
No problem... we're all here to learn and to help others anyway. :D
Wow, seems the Fat PS2s have brought up more questions for me than I thought it would, lol. Well, excuse my babbling, I do like to know the little ins & outs of the systems I use, you know ..
Thanks to anyone who has, or will, reply, I really do appreciate all answers offered.