> I've done free mcboot for a slim. Nice way to backup games since I'm paranoid that
> laser ribbon will scratch up another of my disc.
> As for HDLoader, I'm currently using a fat ps2. You'll definitely need a network
> Also the basic hard drive for a fat is IDE 3.5 drives so watch out for that. SATA
> drives will need an adapter and drive compatibility is even more iffy. If you do
> use an IDE it's recommended to get a IDE to USB adapter for formatting the drive
> as modern computers don't normally have slots for them. It also makes accessing it
> I will still recommend having a memory card with free mcboot even for a fat console.
> It makes loading HD Loader easier and frees up the cd/DVD drive. Also the installation
> overall is better with free mcboot.
Bumping this up. Thanks for the added info @DemonicTrader. Have you tried the pops emulator for ps1 games? It's another great way to preserve your ps2's laser. Every game I've tried (that is compatible) plays perfectly fine via flash drive. I believe there's also a way to load PS1 games from the HDD. But since I only have a slim, I haven't been able to try any HD loading.