Installing a PS2
Part One - Hardware
J. Michael Neal
Itís time to open up that expansion bay for the
second and final time Ė Sonyís official HDD has finally
arrived! With it comes a major step forward in Sonyís world
domination plan, as well as a free copy of Final Fantasy XI
Online. But, before you take part in either of those, youíll
have to install it first. Lucky for you itís about as easy as it
could get, but that still wonít stop me from making a step-by-step
guide to aid the confusedÖ
Step One: Bask in its warm glowing warming glow.
Before you open it, you should take a few
minutes to examine the box and see how cool it is. Look at you. You
have a hard drive. Donít you feel special?
Step Two: Open it up, stupid!
Ok, enough staring! Itís time to crack the seal
and get your installation on. First thing youíll see looking up at
you is your free copy of FFXI. Why not take that out and have
Step Three: Examine FFXI.
Youíll want to read the first 143 pages of the
manual. Not now, but eventually. Itís the handbook for PlayOnline,
TerraMaster, Final Fantasy XI Online, as well as the
Rise of Zilart expansion and provides detailed installation
instructions for the software package. PlayOnline is a very
cool service SquareSoft provides PS2 owners. Itís a portal into
their online games, as well as a community for gamers, where players
can keep track of friends, send e-mails, chat, trade files, and
manage their accounts. It has a very intuitive interface and should
take no time at all to figure out.
Step Four: Remove the hardware.
Now itís time to dig further and the box and
pull out the HDD, hardware manuals, and Utility Disc. Thumb
through the manuals before you begin anything so you have a rough
idea of what you have to do. Once thatís out the way, turn off your
PS2ís main power switch, unplug everything attached, disconnect it
from the outlet, and expose the expansion bay by removing your
Network Adaptor. Please note that you must have a Network
Adaptor to install the HDD. They arenít too difficult to
find, and if you are the kind of person who drops $99 bucks on
something like this, chances are you own one already.
Step Five: Attach HDD to NA.
Make sure youíre grounded and remove the HDD
from its protective wrapper (you donít want to fry your new hard
drive, do you?). Look for the end with the connecters (note, itís
opposite the end with nothing on it) and attach the Network
Adaptor like so:
Itís pretty easy; they should fit right
together. Now, take the unit, slide it back into the expansion bay,
and re-attach the NA to your PS2. The screws will now go
through the HDD, holding it firmly into place. Reconnect all
the cables, peripherals, etc. and prepare the Utilities Disc.
Yeah, installing the HDD really was that
easy. It shouldnít take more than a minute or two. Note how much
extra poundage it puts on your console, huh? Itís gotta weigh twice
that of an Xbox now; bad news if youíre someone who ferries their
PS2 around often. Anyway, youíre almost through. Now all you have to
do is install the software and check out your new system options.
Youíll find that information in part two of our guideÖ
Installing A PS2 HDD: Part Two Ė