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PS2 Action Replay MAX: PS2 can't read saves off a USB flash drive

Yes I do have the MaxDrive software installed on my PC, and I'm able to use this to transfer game saves (*.max format) from my hard drive (which were downloaded from onto a flash drive. Now while I was running the AR software on my PS2, I was making an attempt to transfer the saves from the flash drive to the PS2 memory card. But even though AR did detect the flash drive, there were no saves listed as if somehow it did not properly read the flash drive. Now I've tried doing this same procedure on 2 different flash drives, but both came out with the same failed result. The MaxDrive software program on the PC did read the saves, but the AR on the PS2 didn't read anything at all. I don't understand this at all. Maybe I should use AR's own flash, the MAX Drive USB to transfer saves, but many say that any flash can be used for this. Well other than this, I don''t know what else to do other than getting the MAX Drive. But getting the MAX Drive does cost money, and I do not wish to spend more money just for this purpose, especially when chances are that this could fail too, and I ended up with money wasted. Does anybody have suggestions on resolving this?

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  • fredbeer Aug 06, 2009

    I'm sorry tikktokk23. I did exactly as it says, but when I reached step 8, "delete partition" has been "greyed out" and I cannot activate/click on it. Should I try something else?


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Here are some instructions I came across when trying to find out how a regular usb drive could be used with AR. I don't want to purchase the MAX Drive either.
Hope this helps, I haven't been able to test this yet for myself.

"you can use ANY size, brand, and style of USB flash drive (I'm using my mp3 usb drive) as long as
1. it's plug and play and
2. you follow these semi-simple steps to format your flash drive so that your ps2 will see it.

1 insert drive onto computer
2 click on start/settings/control panel
3 go to administrative tools
4 double click on computer management
5 click on storage/disk management(local)
7 right click on the area that says your flash drive's name AND has a blue stripe above it
*8 delete partition ((it will tell you that you'll lose all of your data stored on the drive)(hence why i said to make absolutely certain that the drive you're clicking on is in fact your usb flash drive)
9 right click on the now unallocated space where your drive was before
10 create new partition: in the popup it will give you some options; volume label, file system, allocation unit size, perform a quick format
11 volume label doesn't matter, file system has to be fat, allocation unit size has to be 16k, and you choose weather to quick format or not (I did just so you know)
12 after it's done just plug it into your ps2 usb port and away you go!!!!"

* - You may not have to delete the partition manually--I didn't. I just went right to the 'format' option when I right clicked on the area with the blue strip. All you really are trying to do is format your flash drive to FAT file system and allocation unit size of 16k. That's it!

I hope these instructions help someone out there. You DON'T have to buy the Action Replay flash drive in order to transfer files...your flash drive will work, but you have to be willing to reformat it to FAT (which WILL erase all of the files on it, so move them or back them up first BEFORE you click 'format')

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Be sure that the flash drive you are using is at or less than 2 gb in space

All you want to do is to format the usb drive in FAT file structure and 16k unit allocation size.

When i tried those instructions with a 4gb flash drive it would not work (no matter what i did). But when i turned around and used a 256 mb flash drive it wotrked without a hitch.

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my answer is that action replays do that they **** i hate them they mess up all the time

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