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Boot Games Off USB (External Hard Drive)
with Playstation 2 (PS2)
Foreword: After a year and a half later, I have decided to re-write this guide, because honestly, it
was not my own and it was presented very poorly. Remember, I do no support piracy. Use the USB
method to play your games on the hard drive to help your PS2 laser last longer. The performance
will vary, but that is up to you if you want to stick with it. Good luck! (6-13-09) ~Versatile
IMPORTANT NEWS (5-1-10): It seems that there are a lot of dishonest users on the Internet that
are copying this guide without giving credit back to me, Versatile. Because of this, I will be looking
to update all the pictures in this article to have a watermark. We have an active team scouring the
net for those who have copied this article. If caught, we will be forced to take action against you.
This is your warning. – Versatile
The PS2 is a great console. After 9+ years, it is still going strong. With the new $99 price point,
more and more people are getting the PS2 to play old school PS2 games. What better way to
preserve your games and your PS2 laser than playing off the USB interface? This guide is based off
of Swap Magic implementation.
Wait, you can play games off the USB interface?
Yes, you can but it requires some work. Here are the PROs and Cons:
Uses USB 1.1 interface (slow but better than nothing).
Saves strain on PS2 laser because using USB interface for game playing.
Can have a list of selectable games in the USBExtreme interface.
Works on both fat and slim PS2.
Novelty factor is awesome!
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Game compatibility is low.
Requires USB hard drive. Highly recommend USB drives that have their own power
Flash drives can work , but the performance is so horrible its not worth doing it.
Need to have third party tool to launch the “boot CD”. This can be done with modchip,
swap magic, or exploited memory card.
DVD9 games (like God of War 2) are larger than 4.4 GB and will not work with
What tools do I need to make this work?
Hardware/Software tool: You need to have at least one of the items below before we continue:
Swap Magic
Exploited memory card (such as Free McBoot)
IMPORTANT: For this guide, I will be using Swap Magic 3.6 CD to boot the USBExtreme disc!
Blank Media:
1 CD-R (700MB is fine)
Note: I highly suggest swap magic if you are unwilling to mess with the other options. You can
learn more about swap magic at this guide:
Download the Software below (more detailed instructions to
Usb Xtreme: http://sksapps.com/hd/USBExtreme_wininst.zip [Optional. Get this if you want to use
the graphical user interface for easier format/game installing.]
Usb Advance: http://sksapps.com/hd/USBAdvance.rar [This is required.]
What should I use for the USB mass storage device?
This is what I recommend:
USB 2.0 hard drive that uses its own power supply (for example, it requires power from the
A USB hard drive that is at least 10 gigs or larger is highly recommended. The average PS2
game size will vary from as low as 282 MB up to as high as 4483 MB or 4.483 GB.
Do not use laptop external hard drives which gets its power from the PS2 USB 1.1 port. It is
not enough power.
You could use pen or usb flash drives, but performance will be horrible . The game will
chug, and you will have ridiculously long load times, that is, if your game can load!
Note: I understand when going through this tutorial, you may see that your PS2 may not see your
USB hard drive enclosure. If that is the case, please try a different USB hard drive. I have people
verifying this may fix the issue.
Tutorial Begins here *drools*:
Extract the USB Advance zip file that you downloaded earlier into its own folder. You will
see contents like the screenshot below:
Now double-click the USBAdvance-PC-Software. You will see two programs inside it:
ul_format.exe and ul_install.exe. Extract these to your C:\. This will make more sense later.
Notice there is a .bin and a .cue file. The .cue file is 1KB, and the .bin file is 34 MB.
You need to burn the image file. Use Nero, PowerIso, Alcohol120%, ImgBurn, or any other
type of CD burning software and burn this image file to your blank CD-R disc. Once the
CD-R is burnt, label it and set that disc aside.
Now extract the other zip file called “USBExtreme_wininst” to its own folder. You will
now have a program called USBExtreme.exe. A dedicated section to this program will be
covered later in this tutorial.
Now go to preparing the USB hard drive step.
Preparing the USB hard drive:
Insert USB hard drive to your PC.
It is important that the USB hard drive is FAT32. If it is not, go to My Computer, right click
the USB drive, and go to quick format for FAT32.
If your hard drive is FAT32, great. No need to format it again.
You can also launch the USBExtreme Software, go to the format tab, and tell it to format
your USB drive as well as shown below:
Here the I: drive is my USB drive.
Note: If you want, but not required, you can use the ul_format.exe command to format your USB
hard drive. This is how to use it:
Go to Start -> Run.
Type “cmd” and press enter.
Go to your C:\ root.
The command to use the program is “ul_format X format” where X is your USB hard drive.
Example: My USB hard drive is E: . I would type “ul_format E format”.
We are almost done. Let’s enable fast transfer speeds on your USB drive before we start copying
Enabling fast USB hard drive transfer speeds:
Go to My Computer->Properties->Hardware->Device Manager->Disk Drives-
>(external one here)->Properties->Policies->Optimize for performance . Speed varies
from from 1MBps to about 10-15MBps, which is pretty fast! Also, do not forget to unplug
the device the proper way (that is Unplug or eject hardware) when you remove the USB
Installing games onto your USB hard drive:
This is pretty easy. We have two methods. Method one uses the “ul_install.exe” command, and
method 2 uses the USBExtreme.exe windows software. Both programs do the same job, and the
second program is easier to use for those who are novices.
Method 1: Using the command line
Insert your PS2 game into your computer’s DVD drive.
Go to Start -> Run.
Type “cmd” and press enter.
Navigate to your C:\> drive.
The command to use here is “ul_install SourceDrive TargetDrive GameName CD/DVD”.
I insert Viewtiful Joe PS2 game into my computer. To verify if your game is CD or DVD
format, right click on the disc and go to properties. If the file size is less 700MB or less,
then it is CD format. Anything else and it is DVD.
My DVD drive has letter H:\>. My USB drive is I:\>.
At the command prompt on my C:\> drive, I type “ul_install H I ViewtifulJoe DVD”. Press
enter and it will start copying the game. See picture below:
Here it will copy the game from my DVD drive to my USB drive and prepare it in the
special USB game playing format.
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