First thing first: I have at maximum a $30 dollar budget for this. Second thing to keep in mind: I'd prefer not getting a mod chip. I can't solder, and I don't have a credit card or any means of buying things off the Internet for right now. Thirdly, I have a Version 9 PS2 (a fat one) I've been leaning towards the USB hard drive method, but again, I'm not sure. Would a USB flash drive be the same in this instance, as long as I formatted it correctly (FAT 32, if I remember correctly)? I'm pretty sure my flash drive is backwards compatible with USB 1.1 (or at least that's what Sandisk's website says). Now, I read that the games themselves will be put onto the USB hard drive. That's not what I want; I want to have a burnt DVD that's a backup of the game, and play the game off of that. Is this impossible with the USB hard drive method? Finally, I'm trying to visualize how this works, do I: 1. Have the USB hard drive plugged in 2. Turn on the console 3. Put in a boot disk 4. Switch to the burnt game 5. Play or is there another order to it? That's about all I have questions about for now; thanks for bearing with a newb to modding, and thank you for taking the time to read this.