Setting up your SD2Vita adapter – Formatting your microSD can be done on Windows
Update on 22/2/2019: As the guide was tested when SD2Vita adapters became commercially available, the disclaimer has been removed. Dead eBay links and download links were also removed although the latter were replaced with functioning links. The filename of the kernel plugin you download may be a little different from the one mentioned in the guide so please edit your taiHEN config.txt accordingly. SD2Vita v3 adapters which look much better are now available.
Having cool stuff like SD2Vita is awesome but that means that you need to do some work on your side for it to work. This article is here so you know what to do when you get your adapter. This guide should work with all SD2Vita adapters since all production runs should be based on the same specification by ‘xyz’ of Team Molecule. This guide assumes that you’re somewhat knowledgeable when it comes to the Vita homebrew scene.
How do I set up my SD2Vita adapter?
If you don’t know what it is, go check out an older article explaining what the adapter is in more detail. It’s a microSD adapter for the PSVita via the game card slot in a nutshell if you don’t feel like reading everything.
To start off, you need the following:
- A computer running Windows Vista or newer (XP should work too)
- A PSVita running FW 3.60
- A microSD card
- A microSD card reader (you can use an SD card reader and an SD to microSD adapter)
- WinSCP/Filezilla or some other FTP client – (I personally use WinSCP) https://winscp.net/eng/download.php
- Win32 Disk Imager – https://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/
- The driver for microSD adapter (SD2Vita). 2 versions exist. Download them from the link below.
- Download the zzBlank.img file for your microSD from the link below.
- Some time!
After getting the stuff you need, you can start off with installing the driver:
- If you plan to use your microSD adapter as ux0:, back up your Vita memory card to your computer. You can do this via USB so that it’s quicker. If you want to use your SD2Vita as uma0: (external memory), skip this step
- Move your ux0:/tai folder to ur0:/tai so that you can use your adapter even if you don’t have the Vita card inserted and it may avoid any path issues while mounting the microSD card. ur0 is the internal memory of your Vita – It’s available on Slim models, PSTVs and even the FAT models (even though Sony doesn’t want you using it).
- Add the sd2vita adapter driver to ur0:/tai/config.txt under the *KERNEL section. The line you’ll be adding will probably be “ur0:tai/gamesd.skprx”. Now, you’ve installed the driver on your PSVita.
Now, you can prepare the microSD card:
- Put the microSD card into the adapter and wait for it to show up on your computer
- Open up Win32 Disk Imager, select zzBlank.img from your computer, make sure you’re selecting the microSD in the drive selector and press WRITE.
- Unplug your microSD and pop it back in.
- Format your disk from Windows (it should ask you to but go to My Computer and right click on the microSD) with the following options:
- exFAT as File system
- Select Default allocation size as Allocation Unit Size
- Don’t put in a volume label
- You’ve now finished your microSD! You can copy the backup of your Vita memory card if you went down that route.
After that, simply pop the microSD in your adapter, run HENkaku on your PSVita and enjoy the extra storage!
Modisah (moredrugsmore3somes on Reddit) has already shipped out 150 adapters and he should be doing another thousand soon enough. There’s also Srident’s adapter that will probably be available for order in a few days.
I personally think that smaller community projects should be supported by the readers rather than big production runs from Asian manufacturers but that’s just my opinion.
Link to the SD2Vita driver that mounts your SD2Vita adapter as ux0: and your Vita memory card as uma0: https://vitadb.rinnegatamante.it/#/info/285
Link to the SD2Vita driver that mounts your SD2Vita adapter as uma0: and your Vita memory card as ux0: (recommended if you have a smaller microSD card): https://vitadb.rinnegatamante.it/#/info/287
The above links are from the video below which is a video tutorial by Modsiah.
Article image is from moredrugsmore3somes which I’m using because the old featured image was used too much..