Updated 01 March 2017

What can I do if I have problems with my PlayStation 2 Memory Card?

If you are having problems saving your game or deleting files on a PlayStation 2 8MB Memory Card, this article may help solve your problem.

What can I do if I can’t save my game?

  1. Make sure you are saving a PlayStation 2 software title to the Memory Card (8MB) for PlayStation 2.
  2. Confirm that you are using an officially licensed PlayStation memory card by looking for the official PlayStation logo. SIEE cannot guarantee the reliable performance of unlicensed memory cards. Note: In the past, 8MB Memory Cards were manufactured for use with PlayStation 2 by other companies. As long as cards contain the official PlayStation logo, they are licensed products approved for use.
  3. Be sure the Memory Card is inserted securely into the Memory Card slot on the console.
  4.  Follow the proper save procedures for the specific game you are trying to save. Refer to the manual for the software title for saving instructions if needed.
  5. Check to see if there is sufficient space on your Memory Card to store your data.
  6. If possible, test the Memory Card on another PlayStation 2 by inserting the card to see if it functions properly. If the card does not function properly, it might need to be replaced.

If you experience this issue with the same title multiple times, you may want to contact the publisher of that title for more information. If the title is not published by SIEE, you will need to contact the publisher directly.

Why could my files be corrupted?

If a Memory Card is removed while the PlayStation 2 system is trying to access information, this can cause a file to be corrupted. This can also happen if the power is turned off while the PlayStation 2 system is trying to access information on a Memory Card.

Please check to make sure you are using a licensed Memory Card. Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe (SIEE) recommends only using products that are endorsed and licensed by SIEE. If the product has the PlayStation logo (similar to the one on the disc tray of the PlayStation 2 system), then it is licensed by SIEE. We recommend you only use the following memory cards:

  • Model number: SCPH-1020 (will save PlayStation format software ONLY).
  • Model number: SCPH-10020 (will save PlayStation 2 format software ONLY).

If the Memory Card you are using is neither made by SIEE nor licensed by SIEE for use on the PlayStation 2 system, we would recommend you do not use that product. It has not been tested to perform properly for use on the PlayStation 2 system and, accordingly, SIEE does not recommend its use.

Products that fail to meet or exceed SIEE's strict quality standards could cause damage to your PlayStation 2 system immediately or with prolonged use. SIEE is not responsible for damages caused by untested, unlicensed products and any, otherwise applicable, warranties on SIEE products are void. It is the responsibility of that company that made your peripheral to accommodate you should its product cause damage to a SIEE product.

There have been some cases of files being corrupted because a game was saved while using a cheat code. If the title you are playing keeps all of your saves in one file, save files that have cheat codes should be kept on a separate memory card. This could reduce the risk of losing a save file that did not have any cheat codes.

How do I delete files from my Memory card?

  1. Insert the Memory Card (8MB) (for PlayStation 2) into your PlayStation 2 system.
  2. Turn the power on and make sure there is no disc in the system.
  3. Select the Browser option from the Main Menu and press the X button.
  4. Select the icon for the Memory Card (8MB) (for PlayStation 2) you wish to delete your files from.
  5.  You should now be able to see what files you have on the Memory Card (8MB) (for PlayStation 2). Highlight the appropriate file and select the Delete command. Please use the Directional buttons on your controller to scroll through the various files.

Why can’t I delete my corrupted files?

Some corrupted save files can be deleted on the first try, while others cannot. You might need to attempt deleting a corrupted save file multiple times before it is deleted from your Memory Card (8MB) (for PlayStation 2). However, it is possible that some corrupted files cannot be deleted at all.