I've sat back and read forum after forum. From playing backups using swap disc, mods and flip tops to the whole HD Loader & Advanced to now HD Dumb and on and on and on. There seems to be a billion different combo's to achieve these goals, however correct me if I'm wrong there is NO free way of playing your backups – or storing and then playing back your originals. You may be able to obtain and use HD Loader in a free way (memory card exploit), however correct me if I'm wrong, there is no totally free way to play your backups. At some point you have to purchase swap disc, or gameshark or action reply or mod chip correct? Even if you want to use HD Loader or HD Dumb, or HD Loader Advanced, you still have to purchase either that disc or a way to boot up a cracked disk, which still requires a way to play the backups correct? Is there a totally free way one can play backups, with the exception of purchasing the dvd/cd -r's required and the hardware/software to burn etc..?? It seems like this is a continuous circle, in order to play a backup you need to purchase something. I have found no free solution or open source to write to either cd or dvd in order to somehow play my backups. On the same token, no totally free way to gain and use a copy of, or even cracked version of HD Loader or variation, because no way to boot the cd w/o purchasing something. You can't even use the memory card exploit, because again, you must have swap disc or something to load... right?? Someone out there must know of something.