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Old 04-23-03, 05:23 PM
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Anyone have one of those "expanded" PS2 Mem Cards

I've seen some recently that they zip files and you need a regular 8 mb card or something like that? Has anyone had any experience with thesE?
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Old 04-23-03, 05:45 PM
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Avoid third party memory cards (especially high capacity ones with compression) at all cost.

They're not reliable at all and it's just not worth saving some money to end up losing game saves you've spent hours on.
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Old 04-23-03, 08:30 PM
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Yeah, what he said!
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Old 04-24-03, 10:28 AM
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I third this...

I've heard that third-party memory cards are more reliable now than they used to be, but the fact remains that I lost about three memory cards worth of info, including my near-the-end FFVII save, with a multi-paged compressed third-party memory card like the one you're thinking about. Technology may have improved, but you'd think that if it was a viable technology, the first party companies would've jumped on it. Plus, are you really willing to risk your game saves to save money?

If you search for similar threads, you'll find other answers. I do agree with what someone said earlier... the best third party memory peripheral was the one where you could save your data onto your computer. If only they made a PS2 one...
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Old 04-24-03, 12:46 PM
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i don't understand why 3rd party memory cards are worse? we're not talking highly complicated stuff here.

i have 2 3rd party memory cards:
1. a psone card... dead... it no longer reads and it said i needed to format it. i'm not using it again... off to the trash
2. i accidentally bought a ps2 memory card that you need to install a driver that, if i understand correctly, will need to be reinstalled if i ever hard-turn off the ps2 (the switch on the back)... well, that doesn't sound good to me...

anyway, i bought a 2 pack of sony ps2 memory cards.
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Old 04-24-03, 01:45 PM
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I think the main problem is with the high capacity ones. They compress data, while the first party ones don't obviously. Thus it's probably something in the compression scheme that screws up data.

I imagine the regular sized third party cards are more reliable. They're probably still not as reliable as first party cards simply because I've never used any third party equipment that was of as high a quality as its first party counterpart.
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Old 04-24-03, 02:49 PM
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Third party peripherals in general either need to cut costs so they can sell at a lower price, or add features that may or may not work right. Otherwise, everyone would buy first party stuff.
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While I almost always buy 1st party peripherals, I still welcome the presence of 3rd party merchandise as an alternative. Just think how much more expensive things would be if you have no choice but to buy 1st party peripherals and there were no competition.

So on the non-critical components (stands, extention cables, protective cases), I tend to give my business to 3rd party vendors. But I would definitely stick with 1st party on memory cards.
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Old 04-24-03, 03:53 PM
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Thanks for the advice I was contemplating on buying one, but after hearing your experiences, I've decided to go with Official PS cards.

Another stupid question:
If I play PS1 games on my PS2, do I need a PS1 Memory card to save on it, or can I use a PS2 one?
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Originally posted by mikeydaclown
If I play PS1 games on my PS2, do I need a PS1 Memory card to save on it, or can I use a PS2 one?
If you're playing a PS1 game on your PS2, you will need a PS1 memory card. PS2 memory card cannot save PS1 games.
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Old 04-24-03, 04:07 PM
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ah ok cool, thanks
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Old 04-25-03, 04:56 AM
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I saw PSone Memory cards on clearance at Target for under $5
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Originally posted by cubanx
I saw PSone Memory cards on clearance at Target for under $5
These are probably third party cards.
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Old 04-25-03, 04:40 PM
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Originally posted by Gideon68
These are probably third party cards.
Not necessarily. I remembered seeing Sony PS1 memory cards at KB toys for $2 at the clearance section, so you never know...
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Old 04-25-03, 07:24 PM
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Wow, I've never seen PS memory cards lower than $14.99.
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Old 04-25-03, 10:19 PM
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Originally posted by Gideon68
These are probably third party cards.
No. They were Sony.
Mall of Georgia Target is where I saw them last weekend.
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Old 04-26-03, 02:12 AM
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Targets in my area still have them for $14.99.
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Old 04-26-03, 03:37 AM
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Well I never had any problem with 3rd party 15 block PS memory cards, just those mega memory cards, bought one, erased everything in a day, so I gave it back. But I have 10 15 block memory cards from Naki and that Lara Croft ones, and they havent erased anything yet.
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Old 04-26-03, 04:06 AM
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at least one company licensed sony PS2 technology for memory cards early on. sony did not renew the license since they made more from their mem cards than they did off licensing the technology. I think it was mad catz. I have had no problems with it at all.

In general I stay away from third party memory cards that use any compression at all.
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Also keep in mind if playing PSOne games on your PS2, Even if using a PSOne Mem. Card, they will save games by file size, not by blocks. Could eat up alot of blocks quickly by playing on your PS2. Just a note. I had some trouble when using my PS2 to copy data from PSOne cards.
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Old 04-26-03, 01:07 PM
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Originally posted by gcribbs
at least one company licensed sony PS2 technology for memory cards early on. sony did not renew the license since they made more from their mem cards than they did off licensing the technology. I think it was mad catz. I have had no problems with it at all.

In general I stay away from third party memory cards that use any compression at all.
It was Mad Catz. That one still works fine for me. But like you said, the tech was licensed by Sony.
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