How to Install Games on a USB Advance PS2


The Sony PlayStation 2 is one of the most successful of all video-game consoles. A great utility called USB Advance was released to allow you to install all your PS2 games to a USB hard drive. USB Advance has since changed its name to USB Extreme and is still one of the best utilities you can purchase for your PS2.

Things You'll Need

  • USB hard drive
  • PS2 game disk
  • Connect your USB hard drive to your computer. Download and install the USB Extreme (Advance) software onto your computer. The download link is in the Resource section of this guide.

  • Click the "Start" button on the computer desktop and click "Run" and type in "Command." Type "cd\" into the command prompt that appears.

  • Type "ul_format X format." X is the letter designating your USB hard drive; change this to your actual hard-drive letter. To check this, click "Start" and "Computer." Locate the USB hard drive from the list of storage devices. The drive letter will be next to it.

  • Wait as the USB hard drive is formatted to the USB Extreme format. Insert your PS2 game into the optical drive and open another command prompt. Type "cd\" and "ul_install SourceDrive TargetDrive GameName CD/DVD." "SourceDrive" is the DVD-drive letter, and "TargetDrive" is the USB hard-drive letter. "CD/DVD" indicates whether it is a DVD or CD disc. Most PS2 games are DVD discs. For example, you may type in "ul_install D E Madden05 DVD." This will install the Madden 2005 game from your DVD drive onto your USB hard drive.

  • Connect your USB hard drive to your PS2 and boot the PS2 up. Insert your USB Extreme disc, and it will start. Select "Madden05" from the game-selection screen to start the game.

Tips & Warnings

  • Only install the games you own to your USB hard drives.

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