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Adding SATA to the PS2 Network Adapter

Old dog, new disks

Published: Jun 4, 2022
Category: Hardware Hacking, Projects

One of my favorite pastimes involves modifying computing hardware, whether it’s just to keep things running or to unlock functionality that was never planned to be there.

I recently decided to upgrade my “fat” PS2 with disk storage. To date, I’ve used the network adapter to load backups from a local network share via OPL. Performance is acceptable with this method (and much better than USB 1.0 ports on the console’s front), but proper disk-based storage offers the best throughput and standalone operation.

There’s one major problem, though: IDE drives are old, and I certainly haven’t kept any around. These disks are space constrained, difficult to come by, and more likely to fail due to their age. Since I already owned the network adapter, I set about finding an upgrade path that would let me connect a more modern hard disk.

You can purchase third-party SATA adapters for the PS2. However, these lack networking functionality, a feature I was adamant to retain. This led me to an aftermarket upgrade kit which can be installed within the original Sony adapter itself, providing a SATA interface while leaving the integrated networking functions intact.

Installing The Upgrade