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USBeXtreme Guide

Tips of speeding up the installation with Windows XP

Since different computers have different configurations, some old model computer may install the games slowly. Here is a tip which make your computer speed up in installing the PS2 games:

Go to
My Computer->Properties->Hardware->Device Manager->Disk Drives->(select your external one) >Properties->Policies->Optimize for performance.

 Speed ups from 1MBps to about 10-15MBps, but do not forget to unplug the device the proper way using the icon in your Systray to 'safely remove hardware'.

USB Advance and USBeXtreme  are the same program, only difference is USBeXtreme is the retail disc and USBadvance is the  online version as a download file.

There are several apps that will install games to your USB HDD. 

USB Extreme Win32 utility (Windows GUI) -  Allows easy installation from your CD/DVD drive to your USB HDD
(Windows GUI) - Allows you to install  an ISO stored on the PC HDD as well as the CD/DVD drive.
USBeXtreme (DOS) - The setup program containing the format and install software

The DOS version is more stable and has a higher success rate for proper installations, but is  not as simple as the GUI version. So we will  guide you thru the DOS version.

USBeXtreme User Manual(MS-DOS mode)

Before Starting:

To use the USBeXtreme on your PS2, you will need a USB Hard drive Enclosure with Hard drive installed (both devices are sold separately), either 3.5' or 2.5' USB Hard drive Enclosure with Hard drive can be use.

*For the installation of a Hard Drive into your USB enclosure, please refer to the user manual of the USB Enclosure if its the removable type.

Hard Drive preparation

If you are using a new hard drive, you will need to initialize the hard drive with Windows 2000/XP.(For Windows 98/ME user, you will need other Disk Management software, like, Partition Magic to initialize and format the harddisk) To initialize the hard drive, connect the hard drive enclosure to your PC's USB port and install the driver if its required, then go to Start and right click My Computer > ManageDisk Management.

* For the driver installation, please refer to the user manual of the hard drive enclosure*

 After that you will able to view all drives installed in your PC, select the newly installed hard drive, right click and choose "initialize", follow the on screen instruction and the hard drive will be initialized by your PC and assign a driver letter to it.

You can format the drive by using NTFS format in order to use up the maximum space of the hard drive. Create a Primary Partition of the max space available.

If the hard drive has formatted and assigned a drive letter successfully, you will see a new drive in "My Computer"

Formatting for USBeXtreme

Download the DOS software of USBeXtreme from the link above, unzip the file and run the USBeXtreme_setup.exe file, then the tools will be extracted into the drive C. Please DO NOT change the default installation path except you are familiar with MS-DOS command.

After extracted the USBeXtreme Client software, go to "Start" then "Run",


 Enter "Command" or "CMD" to open a command prompt. Change the directory to the root directory C drive by entering command cd\ and press enter, you will see C:\> appear on the command line. You can refer to the following picture.

Then you can enter the following command.

ul_format X format

"X" is the drive letter of your USB hard drive.

The format action will take a few minutes, it is depends on the capacity of the partition you created, please DO NOT remove the hard drive or power off the USB harddisk enclosure during this period.


Game Converting

To convert games from CD/DVD drive to the USB hard drive, please connect the USB drive to your PC, then go to command prompt "Start" > "Run" > enter Command or CMD, change the directory to the root directory C drive by entering command cd\ and press enter, you will see C:\> appear on the command line. You can refer to the following picture.

This is the DOS command required to install. [color coded for easy understanding]

ul_install SourceDrive TargetDrive GameName Disc

e.g. if your DVD/CD-Rom drive is drive D, and the USB harddisk is E, and you are converting a PS2 DVD game "Metal Gear Solid", the command will be the following

       ul_install D E MetalGearSolid DVD

you can refer to the following picture

Game converting will take a few minutes depending on the game disc size.


Game Playing

Connect and power on the USB harddisk to your PS2 and boot your PS2 with USBeXtreme, when you see the game selection menu, select the game and press X on the joypad, the game will then run immediately.

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