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PS2 HDD confusion –
I've searched the net and all but I'm still a little confused about how HDDs work on the ps2... Anybody please correct me if I'm wrong:
Any fat ps2 can have an hard-drive for use with hdloader but a network adapter is required. The config cd from the network adapter isn't required and there's no need for a modchip, all that is needed is a way of booting homebrew applications such as FMCB. The performance when using an IDE hdd is in every way better than when using the dvd drive of the ps2 and to install an hdd on a slim ps2 (v12/13 only) you need something like hd combo.
Also: what exactly is in an hd combo package? Does it include a modchip? Is it really needed or all that is needed beside making the connections is a method to boot homebrew applications? Where can I buy an hd combo after all?
Thanks in advance.
The HDCombo package is a mod kit that lets you hook up an internal IDE hard drive to a PS2 slim. From what I've seen you don't need a modchip, all you need to do is attach a few wires to your PS2's motherboard. HDCombo is only needed if you want to boot games off of an IDE hard drive and you don't have a PS2 fat. You have other options to load games from but the best by far is off of an internal hard drive. After you install HDCombo, you just need a method of launching homebrew, like FMCB, and a backup loader, I recommend Open PS2 Loader. Also if you are planning on buying HDCombo, just type "hdcombo" without the quotes in google and check the second link.
Thanks for your reply.
I had already found that site but it seems the product is out of stock... Any alternatives?