4 Unrelated Questions (WinHiip, HDD's, backup compatibility, etc.)
I hope it's okay - I didn't want to spam the forum, so I just am putting all my questions in one thread instead of starting four different ones.
I searched around but couldn't find the answers I was looking for. I know they must be out there somewhere, so I'm sorry I to ask, but I gave it a try both through Google and through this forum's search engine and kept getting tons of unrelated posts...
1) Have any of you guys ever had an HDD in your PS2 fail or experience corrupted data? If so, about how long did it take from when you first installed it to when that happened? I just want to know what kind of schedule I should keep for backing up my PS2 HDD.
2) If I decide that I want to clear off some space on my PS2 HDD for new games, will it work out all right if I just copy off the game (from my PS2 HDD to my PC HDD) then delete it from the PS2 HDD, then scan/repair the drive with WinHiip, and then add new games like usual? Or will this cause fragmenting that will impair compatibility? I have "Reduce Fragmentation" on for EVERY game that I put on, but it seems to me that I would HAVE to cause fragmentation because deleting a game would blank out a certain number of sectors on the hard-drive that another game wouldn't fit exactly into. Therefore, it would have to skip ahead to find a place to put the rest of the data that wouldn't fit, in front of the other games "ahead" of it in the series of partitions, thus splitting a game between two greatly seperated sectors. Does that make sense? So I just want to make sure that this is safe to do before I do it.
3) If I have a game that requires a disc to be swapped in and out at some point, can I use HDL .8c for it, or does it absolutely require ESR?
4) Do ESR-patched images work in HDL .8c? If not, then do I have to go to all the trouble of backing up my retail disc all over again, or is there some means by which to "unpatch" the game, setting it back to a PS2 mode image instead of a DVD-Video mode image? (I think that's how ESR patching works, but if not then you still know what I mean...)
Okay that's it, thanks a million, you guys are awesome! :)