I've cut and pasted a user review for the Apacer portable hard drive that I posted a link to a half a page ago. The user review does a great job of detailing how to operate the PSP with the product. I see this becoming a standard PSP accessory once the word gets out on it. It sure beats paying $400 for two gigs worth of memory.
I personally picked the apacer Steno 311 as soon as I heard about it. for $150 It doubles as a storage drive when connected to my computer, and when I take it on the road it holds as many movies and mp3s as I can throw on it.
I really like it because I only have a 512 mb stick and with the Steno I can split the .vob files of a movie in half, then send each half through psp video 9 at much higher quality settings. For instance, I split all the Matrix movies in half with .vobsplitter 2.6, then sent each half through pspvideo 9 at 640kbps video and 128kbps audio. If I were to try and fit the entire movie on the 512, the maximum quality I could have would be 300 kbps video and 64 kbps audio. With movies with lots of action, such as the matrix series, that quality just plain sucks.
The Quality of the Steno really surprised me. It comes in a hi-qual box, instructions are light(online .pdf manual sure helps) but everything else is top-notch. The steno 311 comes in a gray matte finish with a small yellow/green lcd display. Not too heavy, but sturdy, you could probably drop it a handful of times and it would be OK(dont though). It has brushed aluminum controls on the front, and is accompanied by a very well constructed jacket made to look like a carbon fiber weave. Accessories are plentiful. One being a 14-in-one card reader, and the others being a slew of usb cables to connect to anything you might ever need to connec to. Also a photo manager and cardreader prog. are included, but i didn't need them.
As soon as I got this thing, I cracked it open and started transferring movies and music over. To do so,
connect to USB 2.0 (for best results) and watch XP or 2000 recognize the Steno as 2 drives @ about 19 gigs each. I labeled 1 movies and the second music and was on my way to copying. From computer to steno takes about 2.5-3 minutes for 450megs. The downside is all files appear abbreviated, i.e. The Matrix.mpg would appear as TheMat~.mpg. I believe its an old DOS way of naming files. It wasnt a big deal to though as one can easily figure out movie titles. Mp3 titles, however, are a little trickier.
My first on the go movie transfer was Napoleon Dynamite. First you turn on the steno, then put the Psp into USB mode. Connect the short usb to the PSP and then the Steno. The display on the steno shows 1 logo on the left for the hard drive of the steno, then USB device on the right for the PSP. TO copy a movie from the Steno to the PSP, go into the movie folder, find the movie and select it with the select button. Hit the menu button, select copy, and it automatically takes you to the PSP. Find the MProot folder in the usual place on the PSP and select the MProot Folder. Then hit menu and it will say COPY: Yes or NO. Hit yes and about 3 minutes later you have a new movie on your PSP.
In conclusion, I would have bought this thing again in a heartbeat, not because It works for the PSP, but I works as a storage drive for a computer and can transfer files to pretty much any thing around. I can do Steno to Computer, Steno to Flash Drive, SD memory card, compact Flash, Etc. It looks great and works even better than expected
There you have it. The two products work terrific together. I can't wait to order mine!!