Thanks for letting me post here and I hope that I'll get a least an answer or two. I'd probably be considered an old man by most of you so bear with me (and I have searched the forums, infact reading 25 pages of them and bookmarking 15 posts to look back at later depending on advice received here). Not only that but I was never into gaming except sometimes on a PC and the Atari I had when I was 7 (LOL). I got my son (7 years old) a used slim PS2 and a bunch of games. Like any 7 year old he is not the greatest on taking care of cd's to make sure they don't get scratched. I'm thinking that putting the games on a HDD might be the best solution. 1) A HDD can only connect to a slim PS2 via usb. I think I would have to use something like HDLoader to make the connection to the games on the HDD. Am I correct? 2) If HDLoader has to be used to access the HDD do you have to put an HD disk in the player each time? 3) If you do have to use the HDLoader disk each time accessing the HDD is there a chip mod to skip that process (make it easier for a 7 year old)? 4) Can all games be played off HDD? 5) Does playing games over USB slow them down enough that they get to be a pain? I am basically looking to keep the games playable by not having my son having to use the original cd's. 6) Am I overlooking some simpler method. And if a HDD is the best response my next question would be: 7) Looks like there is some game sharing being done over the internet and could save me some money in puchasing games that people are willing to share. What has to be done to a PS2 to do that? Just use the HDD. 8) Last question! What do chip mods do for the PS2? I think they allow you to play original PS games as well as games from other countries but other than that I don't know. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with a old noob.