Hi mate, try this thread below, it's about HDD but since it's on evo-web , we mostly talk about how to get WE9 running so you'll probably find answer to what you're lookin for in this thread and if not you can ask it there and I'm sure someone like Ashmufc will help if they can.
Yeah basicly its the mode that makes the difference, use a program as winhip
connect your harddisk to a pc, install winhip
than select the ps2 drive in winhip,
instal game, mode 3 and it will work for sure