How to Play PS2 Backups on a Slim PS2 Without a Modchip

Updated April 17, 2017

Unless modified, a PlayStation 2 (PS2) console will not play backup copies of game discs. However, with just a screwdriver, duct tape and SwapMagic DVD, you can effectively alter your slim version PlayStation 2 to play backup copies of your games. It is important to note that this procedure is intended to be used only to play backup copies of games you own; if your original copy of a game is scratched or broken, this procedure will allow you to play backup copies in your PS2.

Remove the six screw covers and their corresponding screws on the back of the PS2.

Unclip and open the PS2 above the controller ports. This will allow the PS2 to be separated into two equal halves, opening like a door.

Locate the disc brake. This is on the top half of the PS2 at the rear of the disc drive. Unscrew the brake and remove the spring as well as the brake (which will be located on the inside of the disc-drive).

Find the two disc sensors on the inside of the PS2. One sensor is located near the disc laser, and the other sensor is located in the front right corner of the PS2. Using a small piece of duct tape, tape over each sensor (use the screwdriver and your fingers to help). Be careful not to scratch the PS2's interior with your screwdriver.

Test the PS2 by plugging it into the wall (make sure the screwdriver and your fingers are not touching the inside of the console). Place a normal DVD or game disc inside the PS2 and turn on the console. The disc should begin to spin automatically; if it does not spin, this is because the sensors were not taped over correctly.

Turn off the PS2 and unplug it from the wall. Put the two halves of the console together and clip them into place. Screw back in the six screws and their adjacent screw-covers.

Plug the PS2 into the wall. Insert a DVD SwapMagic into the open disc drive and turn on the console. When the SwapMagic DVD stops spinning and the SwapMagic screen appears, remove the SwapMagic DVD and insert a backup copy of a PS2 game into the disc drive. Press X. You should now be able to play backup copies of games on your PS2.


Instead of using tape to cover the disc sensors and removing the disc brake, you can also purchase MagicKeys. MagicKeys is a product that covers the disc sensors and disc brake using metal pieces that are shaped specifically to fit in certain slim PS2 versions. MagicKeys can be found on the Internet.


Always have your PS2 unplugged from the wall during this procedure (except during step 5, as noted in step). It is important to note that if done incorrectly, this operation can damage your PS2 and may void your PS2 warranty. This procedure is only intended for use with backup copies of games that you already own.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Duct tape
  • SwapMagic DVD Version 3.3 or 3.6
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Tim McQuade began writing in 1999. He has worked for two newspapers, including "The Ithaca Times," and has had a short story published. McQuade received a Bachelor of Arts in writing from Ithaca College.