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Noob confusion with HDD size
Noob confusion with HDD size –
I'm totally new to the PS2 even though I bought mine the first day they were on sale. I usually just loan it out to friends with kids. I'm a bit confused as to the size of the drive. Many guides seem to state that it must be at least 40 Gig but I have found the compatible drives list actually has many drives working from 4.6 Gig and up, especially Maxtors. I don't have loader software (yet) so I can't check for sure but when I added a 13.6 Gig Maxtor today, it definitely powers up when the PS2 is turned on. One guide says the confusion comes from Sony themselves since they used 40 Gig drives for Final Fantasy and that was the smallest size they were able to get in quantity. That seems logical since the smaller drives even for laptops are no longer available. I'm doing this as sort of an experiment to see if I can get these old drives operating in another device and make them useful for something again. They are much too small for computer work as I'm into doing video editing and that requires huge amounts of space. Also, I see there seems to be no formating software available. This is the same problem I ran into when using larger hard drives in the Dishplayer 7100 satellite receiver...a propriatory hard disc format. They have gotten around this and allowed large hard drives to be used on that system and I see similar work on the PS2. Formatting software for the Dishplayer is available though and I'm wondering if something couldn't be made of that as well in the PS2 realm...
well.. just about the small hdd questions.. well there is no point using any hdd's smaller than 40gb for ps2 games as most games are 2gb+, you can get many 'format' tools for the ps2 to convert a normal hdd to work with the ps2.. there is WinHiip for the PC side.. and there are one's like DMS HDD Formatter, and DMS HDD Explorer, etc, etc for the ps2..