NOTE: HD Advance
is NOT compatible with these Japanese PS2 models:
SCPH-10000, SCPH-15000, and SCPH-18000 so anything you
read below will NOT
work if your PS2 console is one of them! The
reason for this is because those three models utilize a PCMCIA
expansion port instead of a 'DEV9' expansion port.
1) What do I need to play PS2 games from an internal Hard Disk Drive?
You will need three
things: the HD Advance
software, an official
Sony PS2 Network Adaptor, and a suitable internal Hard Disk Drive.
Either type of Network Adaptor (Ethernet only, or Ethernet and
Modem) can be used as pictured below... however, if you haven't
purchased one yet we recommend
getting an Ethernet & Modem
2) What is considered to be a suitable Hard Disk Drive to use?
Hard Disk Drives do NOT work with the HD Advance
you have two options here- the official
Sony Hard Disk Drive, or a
standard IDE Hard Disk Drive with a capacity of AT LEAST 40GB
you use a standard IDE drive, you will need to make sure that it
actually fits into your Network Adapter. There are a few known
compatibility issues with some non-Sony Hard Disk Drives such as
some modern Segate drives. These cause problems when used in
conjunction with older models of the official Sony PS2 Network
If HD Advance
says that there isn't a Hard Disk Drive installed, or
it freezes at the splash screen for you, then it is due to this
conflict. In order to resolve this you will either need to purchase
a new Hard Disk Drive or newer
model PS2 Network Adapter.
Both a Sony and a standard IDE hard disk drive are shown below. We
using a Maxtor
non-Sony HDD ranging in size from
. It's NOT currently recommended to get a
non-Sony Hard Disc Drive larger than 120GB
simply because the
PS2 Network Adaptor only supports drives up to 137GB total.
drives fit perfectly with the official
PS2 Network Adaptor. ;)
3) Why doesn't the PS2 Network Adaptor support 137+ GB drives?
It's not possible to actually add code to the ATAD IRX driver which
is what would be needed to enable 48-bit LBA
support. Also, 48-bit
support would cause conflicts related to the APA partition system, so
the APA driver would most likely need to be patched too. The current
APA driver is 32-bit
which means up to 2 TeraByte can be addressed
by the driver. However, since the current ATAD driver only reports a
value to APA (actually it can report a 32-bit value, but it
requires a new method of querying the HDD), so APA will just use the
value given by ATAD which starts at 0x9ce80
and ends at 0x9fcbf
4) How do I connect/install my Hard Disk Drive to my PS2?
If you have an official
Sony Hard Disk Drive, then please install it
according to the directions in its manual. If you will be using a
standard IDE Hard Disk Drive, then please install it according to the
The first step is to make sure that the Hard Disk Drive you intend to
connect to your PS2 will actually fit into your PS2 Network Adapter.
Check that the IDE and power ports on your Hard Disk Drive properly
align with the IDE and power connectors on your Network Adapter as
shown in the picture directly below.
The next step is to configure the jumper setting on the Hard Disk
Drive so that it is set to MASTER. To find the correct jumper settings
for your Hard Disk Drive, either check the label on top of the HDD,
or consult your reference manual. Now, attach the Hard Disk Drive
to the Network Adapter by lining up the IDE and power connectors
and pressing firmly, as shown in the picture directly below.
Carefully slide the Hard Disk Drive into the PS2 expansion bay now,
while making sure the HDD stays plugged into the Network Adaptor.
Finally, push until the Network Adapter is connected to the back of
your PS2, and then screw in the screws on the back of the Network
Adapter to secure the Hard Disk Drive and Network Adapter in place.
Congratulations, you have successfully connected a Hard Disk Drive
to your PS2 console! Be sure to check out our site's HD Advance
page for the most up-to-date compatability list of PS2 games. Enjoy!