Change Old PS2/PS1 Memory to USB Thumbstick

Introduction: Change Old PS2/PS1 Memory to USB Thumbstick

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How to upgrade  an old memory chip to fit into a new console or a computer. Maybe you just want a unique USB stick. Anyway the project costs only a few dollars (If you don't have a spare usb drive),  takes only a few tools and small amount of time. I used a PS2 memory card but i'm sure the same steps can be used to upgrade a PS1 memory chip  too.   

Step 1: Materials and Tools

Materials Required:
1 x USB Thumbstick
1 x PS2/PSX  Memory Card

Exacto Knife
Hot Glue (optional)

Step 2: Extract the Guts From the USB Drive

Depending on your USB you may need to pry it open with a small screw driver or undo some tiny screws. However mine came apart easily with just my finger nail.  

Step 3: Open Memory Card

Next you need to undo the two screws holding the card together. After dislodge the PCB from the housing. 

Step 4: Dry Fit

In order to get my USB to fit i needed to cut the two small pegs that were in the way. I tried a file but it took to long so instead i brought out the trusty exacto knife. The main point is that the USB fits in when both the  plastic covers are screwed closed again. 

Step 5: Finishing Touches

If your USB is loose i suggest a small amount of hot glue to hols it in place. However mine was vary secure without any so i let it be. Maybe used in another project later (Floppy Disk?). Next thing is to test it out. There it is a 8 mb memory card upgraded to a 4g USB drive.   

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    Will this still work for the ps2? or just computers?

    Zaphod Beetlebrox
    Zaphod Beetlebrox

    Reply 7 years ago

    Just for PC, and I believe any of the newer consoles.


    While this is a neat project, you might want to clarify your title.... I originally thought this was for upgrading the memory on an old Ps2 Memory card.
    You could probably name it something like Ps2/Ps1 USB memory stick and I think that would clarify the project.