Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Copying PS2 saved games to PC

Each PS2 console, both old and slim, provides two USB ports. You can plug any regular USB drive and copy the content of the memory card. All you need now is a special software.
There are several kind of softwares that let you copy your saved games to an USB drive, and vice versa. One of them is Datel’s MaxDrive. Datel’s official site asserts that you can only use MaxDrive with their special USB drive that comes inside MaxDrive package. But the truth is, we can use any ordinary USB drive, provided they are formatted the right way.
– update 02 Nov 2006 –
Someone has said that not all USB drives can be used as a replacement. I can’t verify this and I must admit that I can’t verify the opposite either. But at least I’ve tried with two USB drives, of SanDisk and Kingston. Since naturally manufacturers strive for compatibiliy, I have no reason to believe that other brands are somehow significantly different than the ones I tried.
— end of update –
Datel’s MaxDrive
Actually, any regular USB drive will do just fine

Hewlett-Packard’s USB Format Tool
First, download HP’s USB Format Tool, here or here. Then, plug your USB drive to your PC.
Install HP’s USB Format Tool and run. You should see something like this:
Choose FAT (FAT 16) for the File System, Quick Format and click Start. Wait for a bit, and your USB drive is now ready to copy data from your PS2 memory card.
Warning! Warning!
Be very careful when you’re using MaxDrive. Apparently, there has been several complaints about MaxDrive causing bad blocks inside a memory card, rendering some space unusable. So just in case, pay attention to these:
1. Do not use MaxDrive to delete saved games inside your memory card. Instead, use the usual internal PS2 delete function.
2. Make sure that MaxDrive correctly display the available space of your USB drive. If not, try to exit to the main menu, unplug and plug the USB drive. You should see the USB drive’s access light is blinking. Wait until the blinking stop.
I won’t held renposible for any damage inflicted to your memory card or your PS2 console.
You have been warned.
Copy from memory card to USB drive
Now, plug the USB drive into one of the PS2 USB ports and put your MaxDrive CD into your PS2. Start the console and follow this step-by-step instruction:
1. At MaxDrive’s main menu, choose “My devices” menu.
2. Choose memory card as your primary device.
3. MaxDrive will list the content of your memory card. Pick any saved games that you want to copy to your USB drive, and choose “Copy to MaxDrive”.
4. Choose “Yes” and wait until MaxDrive finish the reading and writing process.
5. Done. Your PS2 saved games is now nicely stored inside your USB drive. You can store them inside your PC’s harddrive or you can upload them to the internet.
Copy from USB drive to memory card
OK. So now you want the reverse, to copy saved game files to your PS2 memory card. Follow this step-by-step instruction:
1. Find or download a saved game file. Most popular place will be GameFaqs.com. For example, you can download the Soul Calibur III’s saved games here:
Copy the file to your USB drive.
2. Plug the USB drive back to your PS2 console, put MaxDrive CD inside, and start the console. At the MaxDrive’s main menu, choose “My devices”.
3. Choose USB drive as your primary device.
4. MaxDrive will list the saved games inside your USB drive. Pick any saved games that you want to copy to your memory card, and choose “Uncrush to MC1″. (MC1 means the first memory card slot).
5. Choose “Yes” to uncrush. Wait until the copy process finished.
6. Done. Now you’ve copied the saved game to your memory card. Start the game, and watch it for yourself. In my case, all of the Soul Calibur III’s hidden characters is now unlocked.
Soul Calibur III, all characters, costumes, weapons and movies unlocked.
That’s it. Now you don’t have to worry about losing your saved games. And also now you know the fastest and easiest way to unlock those hidden secrets inside your favourite game.

source :http://www.gamehoof.com


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