Hello, I've tried searching through the site for what I want, but I get the impression that the people here are quite knowledgeable... and, alas, sometimes the terminology and assumed knowledge go slightly over my head! I've got some specific questions that I'd appreciate you browsing through... any help or advice would be warmly appreciated. [bold]STORY:[/bold] I've got a United Kingdom PS2 that I feel is getting worn in the disc department - makes clunking/clicking noises and occasionally seems to spin without progressing the loading on certain games. I've also noticed that (as has been mentioned on aother sites) the floor textures on GTA don't always load - seemingly a sign of worn lens/drive. Anyway, I came across the idea of getting a Hard Drive for my PS2 and reducing wear and tear on the optic... then the even better idea of buying an IDE drive and Installing HDadvance on it! So here goes... [bold]QUESTIONS:[/bold] 1 - Is it really as simple as buying a network adapter, an appropriate IDE hard drive, putting HDadvance in the drive and follow the on-screen instructions. Or is this going to require me hooking the IDE hard drive to my PC, formatting it, installing the HDadvance and [bold]then[/bold] putting it into the PS2? I've checked a number of instuction manuals, but they seem contradictory and, again, assume a level of experience/knowledge that I don't have. I guess what I'm really asking is: "Can it really be this easy?" 2 - Are there MAJOR compatibility problems in the hardware itself? Or rather, is there a specific Maxtor drive, a specific Network Adaptor and a specific version of the PS2 that work well together? Or are there specific combinations to be avoided? My PS2 is about 2 or 3 years old. 3 - Does the issue of dual-layer DVD actually have a firm answer? I believe that some people have claimed to be able to copy dual-layer DVD to the Hard Drive via a PC? Is this feasible, and how difficult is it? 4 - Would buying an official PS2 HDD allow you to copy dual-layer discs, or do they suffer from the same restriction? The reason I ask is because I understand that the next installment of GTA will be dual-layer. 5 - Other than the ability to use a larger sized hard drive, are there any other benefits to home-made HDD's over the official PS2 HDD? I think that's it... If any of this is fuzzy or I haven't explained myself properly, just let me know - I've got a feeling I'll be using this site regularly. Cheers for any response, much appreciato!