Here... I've seen several people looking for help with this and have decided to tackle this myself in easy to use images and words.....
First off a list of files that you will need...
for the PC side of things....
All software on this thread is shareware, or freeware... I will not have any warez on this thread... we may talk about using such items but they will not have links of where to get them... that between you, GOD, and Google...
First off lets list all of the software that can be used from the Exploit.
Adding links for programs that I can as I can hunt the latest versions down.
EXEcFTP .69 (doesn't lock up)
HD Loader / HD Advanced
*** HDD Format Tools
*** HDD Dump
and several emulators can be placed on the MC... but these are better from the HDD.
Mostly we want to make a setup that will be very beneficial to our basic needs... any extra software can be loaded off of the HDD... But I'm leaving this up to you guys to decide what you want on you system.
It is very a desired thing to have 48-bit patched software so that you can access the larger HDDs. 48-bit addressing allows for your PS2 to read HDDs up to 4 terabytes in size. Much beyond what we have available today and well after the life of your PS2 before we even get drives of that size... but any HDD over 127GB can now be read.
If a program can not read over the 127GB mark and you try to use it.. it could result in more than just simple errors from the program. To help with this problem (only if your drive is over 127GB) make a partition for use with *** HDD Format of what ever size you want/ need for future use. If you plan on having all of your Emu ROMs on the HDD set aside atleast 2GB in a partition for later use.... I have 900MB of Genisis ROMs on my HDD at the moment....
So for those that want to have just about everything on your drive of 300GB it would be a good idea to partition 5- 20GB for these files.... you can always remove this partition in the future....
To make the most use of this partition don't store anything in it... but every time you need to make a new partition for a program (PGEN uses it's own) delete the partition and setup the partition needed... then remake the "saved space" partition with the needed subtraction of space...
You have a 250GB HDD and setup a 10GB partition named "reserved". Now you want to install a 2GB partition for MP3s... delete the "reserved" partition and make the "MP3" partition of 2GB and then rebuild the "reserved" partition.
You will need to keep this information in mind when working with the HDD... we will get to making partitions later...