I've been reading up on various forums (mostly psx-scene and ps3hax), but was unable to register on either. I assume they aren't accepting new registrations at this (or any other) time. I have extensive console modification experience including XBOX, Wii, PS2, and XBOX 360. This is my first foray into the PS3. It actually looks fairly easy, according to the guide provided here, but I wanted to ensure I'm safeguarding myself as much as possible. My primary goal is to be able to copy my OEM games onto an external, USB connected, hard drive so I don't have to keep swapping discs between games. I don't have any desire to play burned discs, nor do I utilize the PSN (although I'd prefer not to remove that as an option). Ultimately I would like to install a larger internal hard drive (1TB?) and use that in place of the external drive. Maybe I should do that from the beginning? I have nothing I care to save on the PS3 at this time. My plan is as follows: 1) Obtain a method to either back up my current OFW or otherwise obtain the 3.55 OFW release. I want to be able to revert back to "square one" for whatever reason. The how-to linked above had a link to 3.55 OFW, but it appears to be broken at this point. 2) I also want to dump my eEID root key before proceeding in case I ever need it for whatever reason. I intend to use "eEID_RKDumper_(3.55).pkg (69 kB)". 3) I intend to use CFW "HABIB 4.70 CFW V1.00". Everyone seems to have their own favorite, but this one sounds as though it will serve my needs. 4) I've heard discussions from both sides on which firmware update method to use: Through the menu (using the typical OEM method) or using "Recovery Mode". I'm still undecided. I would think the Recovery Mode would be the safest (no open files ala PC updates), but menu mode might have better checks and balances. Please enlighten me to the potential error of my ways. Thanks.