You have to either install with a Japanese PS2, a modded PS2 that has a hard drive-friendly mod, or a PC. Those are the options. Since my only PC is a laptop, I use the Japanese PS2 option. Of course, you have to have access to a Japanese PS2 for that...
Originally Posted by wrx1
My PlayStation2 HDD guide.
NTSC J SCPH 30000 with HDD and PSBBN 0.32
NTSC U/C SCPH 30001R Astral Blue LE PS2
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