How to Play PS2 Games from a USB Drive with USBUtil v2.0
If you have a collection of PlayStation 2 games that you want to enjoy on your PS2 console, but you don't have enough space on your memory card or you don't want to swap discs every time, you can use a USB drive to store and play your games. USBUtil v2.0 is a free tool that lets you create and manage games that can be played with USBExtreme or USBAdvance on PS2.
In this article, we will show you how to download and use USBUtil v2.0 to convert your PS2 games into bootable USB drive format. You will also learn how to change the interface language, how to access save games, and how to troubleshoot some common issues.
What is USBUtil v2.0
USBUtil v2.0 is a Windows program that allows you to copy or write PS2 games to a USB drive. It works with the configuration file (ul.cfg) of the selected game and creates a new one automatically for a bootable USB drive. You can also use it to manipulate existing games, such as renaming, deleting, or checking the size.
USBUtil v2.0 supports multiple languages, including English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and German. You can change the language from the settings menu. It also has a built-in database of save games for many PS2 titles, which you can download and store on your USB drive.
How to Download and Install USBUtil v2.0
You can download USBUtil v2.0 from various sources on the internet, such as Archive.org[^1^] or Free Download Manager[^2^]. The file size is about 380 KB and it comes in a RAR archive. You will need a program like WinRAR or 7-Zip to extract it.
Once you have extracted the file, you will see an executable file named USBUtil v2.0 Full (English).exe. You don't need to install it, just double-click it to run it. You will see the main interface of USBUtil v2.0 with four tabs: Create game from ISOs/DVDs, Games installed on the hard disk/USB device, Savegames downloaded from internet/PSU files, and Options.
How to Convert PS2 Games with USBUtil v2.0
To convert your PS2 games into bootable USB drive format, you will need the following:
A PS2 console with a modchip or a Free McBoot memory card.
A USB drive with enough space for your games (at least 4 GB).
An ISO image of your PS2 game disc or a backup copy of your game DVD.
A computer with a DVD drive and USB port.
Follow these steps to convert your PS2 games with USBUtil v2.0:
Connect your USB drive to your computer and format it as FAT32.
Run USBUtil v2.0 and go to the Create game from ISOs/DVDs tab.
Click on the Browse button and select the ISO image or the DVD drive of your PS2 game.
Click on the Create button and choose a destination folder on your USB drive.
Wait for the conversion process to finish. It may take several minutes depending on the size of your game.
Repeat the steps for any other games you want to convert.
Eject your USB drive from your computer and connect it to your PS2 console.
Boot your PS2 console with USBExtreme or USBAdvance and select your game from the list.
Enjoy playing your PS2 games from a USB drive!
How to Access Save Games with USBUtil v2.0
USBUtil v2.0 also allows you to download and store save games for many PS2 titles from its database. You can access them from the Savegames downloaded from internet/PSU files tab. Here you can see a list of games with their 061ffe29dd