That drive is a Western Digital WD5000AAKB, and it does have the non-standard placing of the connectors, as usual for that brand. You would not be able to use this without modifying the network adaptor hardware.
Good choice, as you should never modify hardware without good reason.Quote:
any help on that would be most appreciated^^
alright i found its a westerndigital so i'll avoid that
That v14 claim is a bit absurd, since no v14 can use a standard Sony HDD interface.Quote:
and how about this guys?
Hitachi Deskstar 7K160 160GB (HDS721616PLAT80) interne IDE-Festplatte: Festplatte Preisvergleich - Preise bei idealo.de
its from hitachi 160GB 49.99 euros the cheapest by far also since i dont need much space i would buy this
but then again has anyone else tried this specific one? does it work?
its listed here in the ps2 HDD compatibility chart PS2 Hard Drive Compatibility Chart
from the comment i read it makes me confident in buying this but it says ps2 v14 so what does it mean? tested on ps2 v14 or only compatible with v14?
The only way to get a PATA HDD to work with a v14 PSTwo is the method that appeared a while ago where some asian company bought up a lot of the same chip that Sony had used for the old network adaptors, and combined this with a modchip and some modified HDL software into a kit for using HDD backup games on the newer slim PS2 models (meaning those after v12 and v13 which have another HDD kit). This kit is apparently NOT fully compatible with the original HDD interface implementation by Sony (timing-wise etc), so its compatibility to some HDD doesn't prove anything either way about how that HDD would work with a normal interface from Sony.
Even so, I'm pretty sure that this Hitachi drive is a better choice than the Western Digital.
When using a network adaptor, that adaptor is most responsible for the drive compatibility. Which normal fat PS2 model you have is not as important (except for the very oldest models which could not use such an interface at all).Quote:
my version is 5
Well, Hitachi certainly qualify as being a well known brand, though there are of course many others that should do just as well.Quote:
PS: if possible i would like to buy a popular brand HDD and not some no name brand HDD that probably havent even been tested by the psx scene >_<
You've asked for examples of what we use in our consoles, and in my case the v7 here on my desk has a 300GB "Seagate Barracuda 7200.8", which has worked fine for several years now. But I'm sure that particular model is not even sold anymore.
I did however find a very similar 320GB model named "Seagate Barracuda 7200.10" (aka: ST3320820A) through the same "idealo.de" search engine you used, resulting in this link.
So if I had need of another HDD like my own, that is the one I'd go for, especially since it is even cheaper than the Hitachi drive, despite having twice as much storage space.
The price difference per GB is really quite impressive:
Seagate==0.13€/GB vs Hitachi==0.31€/GB
But as noted in those search hits there may also be additional charges depending on payment method (Paypal or whatever) and the freight method. A shop where you could pick it up yourself should be the cheapest solution, if available.
I made one final search effort and managed to find this drive in the PS2 compatibility list, where you can check it out using this link
If you study the compatibility chart you will find three entries for this model, with one of them being marked as non-working. But if you look again you will see that this was for a v13, thus using a non-Sony HDD interface kit, which can need special timing, and the guy was using an HDL version which most likely had no good adaption for that interface. The other two entries show this HDD model as working, and the one I linked above is for a v7, exactly the same as my own fat PS2 and quite close in functionality to your own v5.
Best regards: dlanor