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PS1 help Answered

So I've seen a lot of topics online about installing a hard drive in a PS3. This got my wondering about what it would take to install one in a PS1. Would it be possible to run data through the Serial Port, or would I have to hardwire it in? Any sort of help would be appreciated, as well any links to other PS1 projects.

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frollard
frollard

Best Answer 8 years ago

With ultimate respect - the phraseology makes it seem simpler than it is.

The hard drive technology in use on a ps3 (SATA) didn't really exist when the PS1 came out. Just because 'serial port' and 'serial ATA' have serial in the name doesn't mean it's the same language (data protocol) and especially doesn't mean it has the same data rate.
To put it in perspective; the data controller chip inside a top end SSD is MORE POWERFUL than the main processor of a PS1.

It would be a complete overhaul of the architecture to make the two talk, and even then there would be nothing you would really store on a ps1 hard drive.

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Jaxun
Jaxun

Answer 8 years ago

Thanks. I just wanted to know if it was feasible or if my idea was stupid. I got to thinking about it because I wanted to put save files on it.

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frollard
frollard

Answer 8 years ago

Yeah, given original memory cards were 8MB and aftermarket ones I saw were as big as 64MB...even an archaic 1GB hdd would likely be too big for whatever file system the memory cards used :D

Thankfully, you can get
a) aftermarket memory cards
b) memory card readers that allow you to download and save your ...saves...from the card onto your computer. In some cases you can edit the save on the computer to get more lives or ammo, etc.