Can you make images from your mod ? ;)
Can you make images from your mod ? ;)
This is a PacTech SATA-PATA backplane adapter for IDE drives.
It uses the j-micron jm20330 bridge chip.
I got it at Fry's Electronics hoping it would work.
It was only $17. Link below shows which Fry's should have it.
It works great with both HD loader and a beta of OPL that has HDD support.
I have only tested it with a 2.5 SATA drive.
I don't have any empty 3.5" drives to test with ATM.
This adapter will not fit directly onto the PS2's Net Adapter, due to connector placement. I did make a 40 pin IDE male to female cable to connect the two.
I used a normal molex extension used to add additional fans to a PC.
It may look ghetto, but it works and doesn't require hacking a NA apart, or soldering.
The hardest part was figuring out which way to clamp the IDE male end onto the cable.
I also had to break one of the side screw down tabs off the IDE male cable end.
See pics below to see how the cable should be made.
Please note your IDE cable female end cannot have the pin hole that is normally blocked out, or it wont plug into the adapter.
The orientation notch should also be pointing up on both the IDE cable ends. My female cable end doesn't have this notch so it is not obvious from the pictures.
It is also important to make the IDE cable as short as possible (under 6") or in won't detect the adapter.
Total cost for me:
$4 male IDE clamp on end
$21 About half the cost of a delock adapter.
Keep in mind this is based on me already having the 40 pin IDE cable with unblocked holes, and living close to a fry's store.
I may mount this adapter via the mounting holes and purchase the backplane HDD cage so I can pull the HDD out the front of the PS2 HDD cage, and not have to ever remove the PS2 NA to add games.
We all know transfering games to the internal hard drive is a pain in the ass, so I was thinkin.
Get an Esata external enclosure and a e-sata to sata cable. Put your hard drive in it and then cut a small notch in the network adapter for the Esata to sata cable to go through and then plug it into the external enclosure, that would be a simple project anybody can do with a file or cutting tool and would be convent for some people, this would also solve the problem of hard drives and sata adapters not fitting.
Surely I am not the first to think of this?
rather than using an e-sata to sata cable a regular e-sata cable that wold be included with the enclosure could be used with some modification to the iDE to sata converter
An internal sata data and power extension cable may also work, but would probably need to be short so the PS2 will be able to detect the drive still.
Then an enclosure would not be needed at all.
I'll see if a local store has one and try it out today.
yeah but I would not want my hard drive sitting on top of the ps2 bare, it would took rigged up. If I where to do it I would also want to be useing the E-sata port on my computer for transferring games into the hard drive. A $10 E-sata/usb enclosure would be worth it too me, you would probably pay more than that if you bought one of those cables locally.
I'd also like to know where you are buying your '$10' e-sata/USB HDD enclosures.
I've never seen any cheaper than $20, excluding shipping. B&M stores are even more.
Please share your links and or hookups:ups:
I swear have gotten better prices in the past on eSATA but I cannot seem to find one at the moment without putting a lot of effort into it, athough for this purpose this one is better, it has a regular sata connector on it so no need for a conversion cable, unless you want to connect it to your eSATA port on your computer, also no usb but I would not use it anyway.
Thanks for the how-to and the English conversion! I used the IDE2SAT bridge from StarTech and modded an extra network adapter I have to work with SATA HDD's. I had to cut the metal shielding a bit because the jumpers on the bridge protrude somewhat so it's the not the prettiest mod I've ever done...but it works and you can't even tell when it's attached to the PS2. Now I have one adapter for IDE and one for SATA.
Just a few exceptions. I permanently removed the inner metal housing as there was no need for it. I hot glued the power board into the upper right corner and the IDE connector below so they would stay put during re-assembly. I also removed one extra plastic riser on the bottom right side for some extra room for the IDE2SAT. You can see from the picture that I had to cut the metal shielding to fully re-assemble because of the jumpers on the IDE2SAT.