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HDD Compatability –
Currently have a PS2v7 with a seagate 80Gb HDD and a DMS3 modchip I am just using it for a Divx media centre running uLaunchelf and SMS Player 1.7 I want to put a larger HDD in it (Seagate 320Gb) I seem to remember hearing PS2's not liking large HDD is this true?? Has anyone got a large HDD with no problems
The PS2 hardware has no problem with large HDD drives, and the same goes for all modern PS2 homebrew software, including current versions of SMS and uLaunchELF, as well as HDLoader and HDAdvance.
Originally Posted by ricardo1978
Btw: You really should consider upgrading your software. The current SMS version is v1.9r2, while uLE has reached v4.11, and there have been lots of improvements in both of them lately.
The problems you've heard about concern the HDD drivers of Sony and of older homebrew software, which both suffered from the same limitation of using 28-bit LBA, which limited the maximum drive size to 128 GB. But the new homebrew drivers use 48-bit LBA, which places the theoretical limit far beyond the capacity of any drives available at this time. For all practical purposes we can regard these new drivers as unlimited.
Like I said above, that's no problem with the new drivers. My current PS2 HDD is a well filled 300 GB unit, which has at some times been almost completely full (in testing games I didn't keep). I'm now thinking of replacing it with an even larger one, but I've been holding off a bit on that, waiting for the prices to drop...
Has anyone got a large HDD with no problems
Though drive capacity isn't really limited for current homebrews, you still have to be a little careful in buying a new HDD. Don't just order something because the storage size and price looks attractive, but remember to also check that it isn't a SATA drive, since those can't be connected to the PS2. You need the traditional ATA IDE interface.
Best regards: dlanor
Last edited by dlanor; 02-06-2007 at 10:52 AM.