Sorry if this is in the wrong forum, but I have been trying to clone my official Sony PS2 hard drive and modify (the clone)it to see if I could build my personal Free HD Boot package in case I ever need to get a new hard drive down the road. I have been trying out various packages that other people have made (e.g. FHDB 1.93 Noobie) and some seem to work whereas others do not. Most of this is to learn about what is necessary for booting, etc. For personal reasons I would rather not use anyone else's package and would prefer my own. So I cloned my official Sony HD (which has FFXI on it; yes I know it's no longer supported) using dd, but the cloned drive doesn't boot. Oddly, writing the FDHB noobie package to the same disk gets it to boot (i.e. load the contents of the HD into the browser). (I also tried HD Raw Copy -- same result: PS2 shows the bootup animation, disk powers down, and I get an empty browser screen). I went ahead and tried to install FHDB 1.952 on it (via FMCB 1.95 placed on my memory card) and it would boot up to the FMCB logo but then the drive just powers down and I'm back to an empty browser (version 1.4 as opposed to 2.0) My question is, what is it that these other folks are doing to the boot record to make an HD boot? Why does cloning the official Sony HD not sufficient to get it to boot into browser mode (where I can see the contents of the HD)? Is there something extra I must do?