Monday, 10 January 2005

Ripping PS2 games onto PS2 HDD Using HD Advance


What is HD Advance?

HD Advance allows you to convert your PS2 games to HDD and run directly from the HDD connected to your console (PS2 Network adapter and compatible hard disk drive required). The HD Advance package includes a CD and a DVD: The CD version embedded with the largest TOC. It can convert all CD games. The DVD version also embedded with the largest TOC. It can convert all DVD games.

No More Loading

Actually, PS2 can read data from a HDD much faster than it can read from a CD or DVD. By using HD Advance, you can run your PS2 games from the HDD directly and reduce the game loading times sharply. You can say goodbye to those boring game loading screen!
Since HD Advance makes gaming more convenient by allowing you to store your PS2 games on a HDD, you do not need to change discs each time when you want to play different games. Moreover, your original game discs can be kept in good condition.

User Friendly Graphical Interface

The user interface of HD Advance is designed with simplicity. You will find that it is easy to navigate the game files and use the command to manage the game files. Other than converting PS2 games into HDD, you can find other commands to relabel the files or to delete the file.

Excellent Compatibility

Over 95% of games work with HD Advance without flaw when running from your hard disk drive. HD Advance is compatible with both the official PS2 HDD and standard IDE HDDs. HD Advance supports 40GB to 120GB HDD. HD Advance 2.0 support 40GB to 200GB HDD.

More Games

HD Advance 2.0 supports up to 200GB HDD. So, you can store more games in the larger HDD.

More Advantages

When you look at the table below, you will see that HD Advance is better than other similar product:

HD Advance 2.0
Other
What's inside the box
2 discs
1 disc
Largest TOC
YES
NO
Convert All Games Directly
**YES
Need to swap with a larger TOC disc
Hard disk Support
40 - 200GB
Max. 120GB

**Refreshing to a largest TOC size before reading the imports game disc is not needed since HD Advance has already embedded with the largest TOC in the discs. So, it makes the process of converting imports game disc more easily. 

 
Here are some of the site while I was researching for how install HDD into my PS2 Network adaptor:
Here's my setup:
  1. I used Maxtor 6B200P0 200GB Hard drive, connected to PS2 Network Adaptor with CS (Cable Select) Jumper setting. Make sure all the game CDs are very clean before converting it to your HDD.
     
  2. Finally I have received my copy of HD Advance 2.0 from Ebay, but instead I have the latest version - HD Advance 2.1. I'm very pleased because this latest version has Japanese Name support.
     
  3. It worked!!! HD Advance menu screen is in full colour (not black & white screen). Also, my hard drive recognized using DVD disc, asking me to format my HDD for the first time and then I converted my all time favourite game - Ridge Racer V. I typed "RRV" as a name for Ridge Racer V, and it took less than 5 mins which is the reading from my casino watch: 4 minutes 39.52 seconds.
     
  4. Relabel it to the full Game name.
     
  5. Convert another game.
List of PS2 games that are stored on my PS2 HDD using HD Advance 2.1 DVD disc

Short name
Full Name used to label the game
Size
Converting Time
Setting Compatibility Mode 
1
2
3
B
Big Mutha Trucks
585MB
05:28.43
D
D
D
-
Black*
3GB
00:06.44
D
D
D
-
Burnout*
3GB
D
D
D
DD ++
Destruction Derby Arenas
3GB
17:12.03
D
D
E
-
Die Hard: Vendetta
4GB
00:06.44
D
D
D
D
Dance Fest
585MB
D
D
D
-
Dancing Stage Fever HD (No Modes)
640MB
D
D
D
-
Dancing Stage MegaMix^^
512MB
D
D
D
-
Dancing Stage Fusion*
1GB
00:04.47
D
D
D
D
Dance:UK (616MB)
640MB
06:04.68
D
D
D
D
Dance:UK eXtra Trax (212MB)
256MB
03:00.12
D
D
D
D
Dance:UK XL
384MB
04:28.43
D
D
D
D
Dance:UK XL Lite (246MB)
256MB
03:51.31
D
D
D
-
DT Racer*
4GB
00:04.36
D
D
D
-
EyeToy: Grove*
2GB
D
D
D
-
EyeToy: Kinetic Combat*
4GB
D
D
D
-
EyeToy: Play*
1GB
D
D
D
-
EyeToy: Play 2*
1GB
D
D
D
-
EyeToy: Play 3*
3GB
D
D
D
-
FIFA 08*
4GB
00:06.24
D
D
E
GT3
Gran Turismo 3 A-spec **
3GB
18:11.29
D
D
E
-
Gran Turismo 4***
5GB
00:20:18
D
D
E
GT
Gran Turismo Concept 2002 Tokyo
3GB
18:06.63
D
D
D
G
Grand Theft Auto III
4GB
23:27.55
D
D
D
G
Grand Theft Auto III - Double Pack
4GB
00:05.17
D
D
D
-
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories* HD (Mode 8)
3GB
00:11.28
D
D
D
-
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories* HD (Mode 3 & 6)
3GB
00:04.34
D
D
E
G
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
4GB
22:08.95
D
D
D
-
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City*
4GB
00:10:24
D
D
D
H
Hardware Online Arena
1GB
09:28.57
D
D
D
-
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin*
4GB
00:10.12
D
D
D
-
Hyper Street Fighter*
2GB
D
D
D
-
James Bond 007 in... Agent Under Fire*
3GB
00:05.39
D
D
D
K
Kengo: Master of Bushido
512MB
03:45.41
D
D
D
K
Knight Rider - The Game* (436MB)
512MB
05:04.55
D
D
D
K
Knight Rider 2 - The Game* (452MB)
512MB
05:18.75
D
D
D
M
Midnight Club II
4GB
22:39.93
D
D
D
-
Mortal Kombat Armageddon* HD (Mode 3)
4GB
00:04.45
D
D
E
N
Need for Speed Carbon - CE
3GB
16:33.99
D
D
D
N
Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2
3GB
16:33.99
D
D
D
NFSMW*
Need For Speed Most Wanted
3GB
00:12:41
D
D
D
NFSMWBE*
Need for Speed Most Wanted BE
3GB
00:08:53
D
D
D
-
Need For Speed ProStreet*
3GB
00:04.09
D
D
D
-
Need For Speed Undercover*
3GB
00:04.13
D
D
D
NFSU ++
Need for Speed Underground
2GB
14:44.23
D
D
D
NFSU2 ++
Need For Speed Underground 2 
3GB
19:41.42
D
D
E
-
Pop Idol
1GB
D
D
D
-
Rally Fusion: Race of Champions
512MB
00:01.36
D
D
D
RRV
Ridge Racer V
640MB
04:39.52
D
D
D
Shadow The Hedgehog*
2GB
00:02.50
D
D
D
SOCOM
SOCOM: U.S. NAVY SEALs
4GB
20:45.57
D
D
D
S
Soldier Of Fortune Gold Edition
896MB
05:31.53
D
D
D
Sonic Mega Collection Plus*
4GB
00:02.29
D
D
D
Sonic Riders*
1GB
00:02.29
D
D
D
S
SSX
640MB
04:56.19
D
D
D
S
State Of Emergency
4GB
23:08.28
D
D
D
S
Stuntman
4GB
23:10.23
D
D
D
SWATekken4
SWAT Global Strike Team
4GB
00:04.53
D
D
D
-
Super Trucks*
640MB
D
D
D
-
Tekken 4*
4GB
00:04.51 /5.13
D
D
D
TT
Tekken Tag Tournament 
640MB
04:25.93
D
D
D
T
The Getaway
4GB
22:10.24
E
E
E
T
The Getaway Black Monday
4GB
22:10.24
D
D
D
-
The Hulk*
3GB
00:04.47
D
D
D
T
The Incredibles
1GB
10:34.80
D
D
D
-
The Mummy Returns*^^
1GB
00:01.27
^^
^^
^^
TS*
The Simpsons Hit And Run
1GB
D
D
D
TS*
The Simpsons Road Rage
2GB
00:05.37
D
D
D
T
True Crime New York City
3GB
D
D
D
T
True Crime: Streets Of LA
2GB
15:20:51
D
D
D
T
Twisted Metal: Black Online 
512MB
03:32.62
D
D
D
U
USA Racer (601MB)
640MB
10:56.44
D
D
D
V
Victorious Boxers 
1GB
11:04.42
D
D
D
VB
Victorious Boxers 2: Fighting Spirit 
4GB
22:05.50
D
D
D
-
V-Rally 3*
3GB
00:09:47
D
D
D
-
World Rally Championship*
2GB
00:08.36
D
D
D
WRC
WRC II Extreme
4GB
20:04.40
D
D
D
WWE
WWE SmackDown Here Comes The P
4GB
23:08.28
D
D
D
YM
WWE SmackDown Shut Your Mouth 
3GB
17:10.77
^^
^^
^^
SVR ++
WWE SmackDown Vs Raw
4GB
20:15.39
D
D
E
SVR* ++
WWE SmackDown Vs Raw2006
4GB
00:10.10
D
D
E
SVR* ++
WWE SmackDown Vs Raw2007
4GB
00:10.10
D
D
E
SVR* ++
WWE SmackDown Vs Raw2008
4GB
00:10.10
D
D
E
JB
WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It! 
2GB
15:02.19
D
D
D

The results on the table shows you a list of PS2 games that are stored on my PS2 HDD at the moment using HD Advance 2.1 DVD disc. I used a stop-watch function on my casino watch as a time keeping for the converting times, it starts when I select Finish before my PS2 starts converting from original PS2 game Disk(s) to PS2 HDD and the time stops as soon when the "Convertion completed!" message comes up on the screen.    

Key:

^^
Incompatible: Does not load, takes you to a black screen after auto-loading the save at the start
**
It doesn't work, just a blank black screen at the end!! Not compatible with HD Advance!! Solution:
Load up with HD Advance CD, enable only the Mode 3, and swap the HD Advance CD with original
game disc. Then select the game that you want to run
.
++
Its works, but you cannot get online, because the Network adaptor is not recognized!!
D
Disabled
E
Enabled
*
Using DVD Decrypter Software on the PC
HD
Works perfectly with HD Loader 0.8c

To backup your PS2 games to your PC HDD:

There are four ways to transport your PS2 HDD next to your PC
  • Open your PC case and take out first IDE cable and power cable out from your first CD-ROM drive or DVD-ROM drive which it is connected from Secondary Interface and use to connect to your PS2 HDD. But the data transfer rate is very slow that way with 0.9 MBps, believe me I use this method all the time.
     
  • Purchase a HDD Housing or IDE Drive Case Enclosure, which it requires to use with USB connection and external power supply to power up the hard drive.
     
  • Purchase a USB 2.0 IDE Adapter (SATA/IDE to USB Cable) with external power supply included!! Connect it to your PC or Laptop with USB 2.0 e.g. Sony Vaio PCG-FR415B laptop and the data transfer rate will run a bit faster between 7.8 MBps to 11.1 MBps with avg 10.1 MBps or 25.1 MBps with avg 22.9 MBps using Dell XPS 630i PC.
     
  • Using USB 2.0 IDE Adapter (SATA/IDE to USB Cable), except using PC's power supply via 4 Pin Molex power splitter cable and the data transfer rate will be faster same as above with 22.5 MBps with avg 15.9 MBps
After you have connected your PS2 Hard drive next to your PC using either methods as shown above, then you'll need a software to recognize your PS2 HDD on your PC, I RECOMMENDED to use PC Handiness. 

As for me, I'm using PC Handiness v 0.75 on Dell XPS 630i PC with Windows Vista Home Premium Service Pack 2 installed with USB 2.0 IDE Adapter using PC's power supply via 4 Pin Molex power at the moment. 

Believe its very easy to use, plus you can backup and restore your PS2 games easily. Also after you have finished backed-up all your PS2 games on to your PC HDD, you can put your PS2 HDD back into your PS2, and no need to format your PS2 HDD again, which it means that you continue playing all your PS2 games again from your PS2 HDD without the need to convert your PS2 games from PS2 discs onto your PS2 HDD again.   

Notes: 

By the way, HD Loader does the exactly same thing as HD Advance except HD Advance version 2.0 supports from 40GB to 200GB HDD. And that is my very strongly recommended product to buy, at the end of the day, no point of buying HD Loader when you have bought 200GB Hard drive and it will be recognized as 120GB instead of 200GB, plus it will be waste of money, end up with disappointment. 

The CD version of HD Advance 2.1 does the same thing as DVD version, so I leave the CD version inside my PS2 and use it all the time, while I keep the DVD version as a backup CD.

I have bought my copy of HD Advance from eBay for only £19.99 + £2.49 P&P

To view a list of games which are compatible and NOT compatible with HD Advance, click here

Update on 27th November 2013:

I no longer use my original retail copy of HD Advance 2.1 discs or DVD Decrypter / HD Handiness software anymore, instead I use both Winhiip v1.7.6 software (Windows HDL Image Install Program) on PC for adding from image files, CD, DVD directly, editing, extracting or removing PS2 *.ISO images files as well applying PPF Patches onto PS2 games directly onto PS2 HDD externally and HD Loader v0.8c software from SKS APPS web site via Free McBoot on PS2 for loading up PS2 games from PS2 HDD internally - 2 for price of 1, lol!

Also, I was wrong about HD Loader, it turns out that HD Advance is a ripped off cloned copy from HD Loader software. Originally, I was planning to purchased HD Advance 3.0 for Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Gran Turismo 3 & 4 series. Since, I couldn't find it on eBay, I found out about HD Loader v0.8 while searching about HD Advance on the Internet and give it a try instead. From there, everything works perfectly when using HD Loader and put my copy of HD Advance 2.1 discs to one side, gathering dust. I've added the meaning for the  following 8 Game Compatibility Settings in HD Loader Select option menu:

1
Slow HDD access
2
Disable DVD9 support
3
Kill HDL after launch
4
Date/timefix 2
5
Date/timefix 3
6
Disable network support
7
Disable CzC patch
8
Soul Calibur 2 / Suikoden V

List of PS2 games currently stored on my Maxtor 6B300R0 300GB PS2 HDD so far:


Game List
Size
Game Compatibility Settings 

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
1
50 Cent Bulletproof
3 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
2
Big Mutha Trucks
640 MB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
3
Black
3 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
4
Burnout
3 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
5
Dance Fest
256 MB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
6
Dance:UK
640 MB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
7
Dance:UK eXtra Trax
256 MB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
8
Dance:UK XL
384 MB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
9
Dance:UK XL Lite
256 MB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
10
Dancing Stage Fever
640 MB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
11
Dancing Stage Fusion
1 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
12
Dancing Stage MegaMix
512 MB
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
13
Destruction Derby Arenas
3 GB
D
D
E
D
D
D
D
D
14
Dirt Track Devils
256 MB
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
15
DT Racer
4 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
16
EyeToy: Grove
2 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
17
EyeToy: Kinetic Combat
4 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
18
EyeToy: Play
1 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
19
EyeToy: Play 2
1 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
20
EyeToy: Play 3
3 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
21
FIFA 08
4 GB
D
D
E
D
D
D
D
D
22
Gran Turismo 3 A-spec
3 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
23
Gran Turismo 4
5 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
24
Gran Turismo Concept 2002 Tokyo
3 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
25
Grand Theft Auto III
4 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
26
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
4 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
27
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
3 GB
D
D
E
D
D
E
D
D
28
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
4 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
29
GTA: Liberty City Stories
3 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
E
30
Hardware Online Arena
1 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
31
Hyper Street Fighter
2 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
32
James Bond 007 in... Agent Under Fire
3 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
33
Kengo: Master of Bushido
512 MB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
34
Knight Rider - The Game
512 MB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
35
Knight Rider 2 - The Game
512 MB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
36
Midnight Club II
4 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
37
Mortal Kombat Armageddon
4 GB
D
D
E
D
D
D
D
D
38
Need for Speed Carbon - CE
3 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
39
Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2
3 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
40
Need For Speed Most Wanted
3 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
41
Need for Speed Most Wanted BE
3 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
42
Need For Speed ProStreet
3 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
43
Need For Speed Undercover
3 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
44
Need for Speed Underground
2 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
45
Need For Speed Underground 2 
3 GB
D
D
E
D
D
D
D
D
46
Pop Idol
1 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
47
Rally Fusion: Race of Champions
512 MB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
48
Ridge Racer V
640MB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
49
SEGA SuperStars
640MB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
50
Shadow The Hedgehog
2 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
51
SOCOM: U.S. NAVY SEALs
4 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
52
Soldier Of Fortune Gold Edition
896 MB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
53
Sonic Mega Collection Plus
4 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
54
Sonic Riders
1 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
55
SSX
640 MB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
56
State Of Emergency
4 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
57
Stuntman
4 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
58
Super Trucks
640 MB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
59
Tekken 4
4 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
60
Tekken Tag Tournament 
640 MB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
61
The Getaway
4 GB
E
E
E
D
D
D
D
D
62
The Getaway Black Monday
4 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
63
The Hulk
3 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
64
The Incredibles
1 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
65
The Mummy Returns
1 GB
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
66
The Simpsons Hit And Run
1 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
67
The Simpsons Road Rage
2 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
68
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell
3 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
69
True Crime New York City
3 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
70
True Crime: Streets Of LA
2 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
71
Twisted Metal: Black Online 
512 MB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
72
USA Racer
640 MB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
73
V-Rally 3
3 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
74
Victorious Boxers 
1 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
75
Victorious Boxers 2: Fighting Spirit 
4 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
76
World Rally Championship
2 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
77
WRC II Extreme
4 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
78
WWE SmackDown Here Comes The P
4 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
79
WWE SmackDown Vs Raw
4 GB
D
D
E
D
D
D
D
D
80
WWE SmackDown Vs Raw 2006
4 GB
D
D
E
D
D
D
D
D
81
WWE SmackDown Vs Raw2007
4 GB
D
D
E
D
D
D
D
D
82
WWE SmackDown Vs Raw2008
4 GB
D
D
E
D
D
D
D
D
83
WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth
3 GB
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
84
WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It! 
2 GB
D
D
D
D
D
D
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All the PS2 games stored on my PS2 HDD works perfectly except three following games: Dancing Stage MegaMix, Dirt Track Devils & The Mummy Returns which I attempted to ripped them onto HDD from scratched discs, no matter how well I really cleaned all the discs using HMV Radial CD cleaner, still makes absolute no difference with deep scratches on the discs!

As for WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth PS2 game only loads up perfectly in Open PS2 Loader v 0.9.1 software, weird!

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