Hello guys, I discovered this forum a few days ago, and ever since then I have been reading it, with avid interest. I think I'm going to start backing up my games, but before I do that, can someone read this post in order of things, and confirm/correct what I understand? I would deeply appreciate it! Step 1: Modded PS2. For this step, I'm strongly thinking of going with the Swap Magic, the latest version, and not the internal mod-chip. So, please answer these questions: A. Swapping games all the time doesn't ruin the PS2 in anyway, does it? B. How long does it take for the games to load once the game is swapped? C. Which PS2 is recommended for the optimal outcome from this method? The PS2 or the PSTwo(the thin one)? I heard the memory card exploit doesn't work on the thin one, can anyone explain to me, what that exploit does? Also, ARE ALL THE GAMES COMPATIABLE WITH NEW PS2? That is all the backups? I mean Sony didn't increase security on it, did it? Step 2: Copying Games A. DVD-to-Image-DVD-R Copy: For this method, is it true that we can take ANY game of ours, using the DVD Decryptor make an image/iso, and then burn it to a DVD-R and the game would work, generally, without a hitch? Please list exceptions. B. PS2 CD Games: This I'm not sure about. How are these games to be burnt? Are they burnt of CD-Rs or DVD-Rs? In any case, how do I burn them? Are they possible to copy as in Disc-to-Disc or Disc-ISO-Disc-R? Again, please list any exceptions. C. Downloaded Games: I think these are usually in form of .RAR. Could anyone refer me to a guide to burn these? Including the ones burned of CDs and DVDs? Thank you. D. Patched Games: This is where I get confused mostly. Basically, I think only the online games are to be patched, right? If so, how and why is it? In addition, what other games need patches and how are they applied? Step 3: Playing PSX(one) games on PS2, of course the backups: Are these simply played with the other disc that comes with the SwapMagic? If otherwise, can you guys tell me how? Finally, guys I realize that it is a HUGE post. So I don't expect a reply for every question, but please help me out here. At the very least, refer me to a post or a tutorial on the topics that you are not answering. I would be EXTREMELY grateful. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR READING, PLEASE HELP ME OUT!