How to Use a PC Hard Drive on a PS2

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How to Use a PC Hard Drive on a PS2
Install a hard drive on the PS2 using the PS2 network adaptor. (hard drive image by BigDog from Fotolia.com)

The option for adding a PC hard drive to the PlayStation 2 (PS2) is only available on the original PS2s, not the PS2 slim. A PC hard drive allows you to save and use game data in a larger capacity than the provided slotted memory cards. Once the hard drive is installed, it must be formatted with the PS2's HDD (hard drive disc) software.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Hard drive
  • PS2 network adaptor
  • PS2 lock tabs
  • Penny
  • HDD utility disc

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Remove the expansion bay cover on the back of the PS2. The cover is on the top left of the PS2 if you are looking at it from the back. Pull the tab on the top of the cover down to remove it.

  2. 2

    Attach the lock tabs to each side of the hard drive, using the screw holes on each side of the hard drive where the lock tabs snap into place.

  3. 3

    Insert the connector on the bottom of the network adaptor into the slots on the back of the hard drive, and push in firmly to secure it.

  4. 4

    Insert the hard drive and network adaptor into the expansion bay of the PS2. Slide the hard drive end into the expansion bay first, holding the bottom for support, then slide it in until the network adaptor is flush against the PS2 body.

  5. 5

    Use a penny to turn the mounting screws in the bottom left and right corners of the network adaptor clockwise (the side facing you after inserting the adaptor into the PS2).

  6. 6

    Turn on the PS2 and insert the HDD utility disc into the disc drive.

  7. 7

    Press "X," then select "Format HDD" and press "X" again.

  8. 8

    Scroll through the instructions for formatting by pressing the right arrow twice, then press "X" twice to format the hard drive. Once the installation is finished, the hard drive is ready for use.

Tips and warnings

  • Both the lock tabs and PS2 network adaptor are made specifically for PS2 and are sold separately, by Sony. The HDD utility disc can also be obtained from Sony.

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