Newbie here... take it easy on me =-) OK so I buy a Maxtor hard drive (I went to... http://ps2drives.x-pec.com to check on models that would work). I got one that 9 people have used and not had any problems with (I actually bought two because they were like $85 for 120 GB and I was going to use one for my computer). Anyway... I make sure it is on MASTER. When I start to use the Sony Disc utility it tells me that it is not connected and that I need to turn off the system. So I think, ok... I have HDAdvance... I will try that disc. It formats my drive and I get into the program. I decide to try to get a game on to the HDD. It loads fine. However, the game still will not play.. and the Sony HDD disc still tells me that the thing is not connected. Anyone have ANY idea why HDAdvance would work but it still not be "connected" according to the PS2? I have a version 7... SCPH-39001/N (online pak). Any clues? =-/ Thanks in advance. *******UPDATE********* I was an idiot and didn't realize that the game needed to be run with MODE 3 ON... However, I still would like to know why the Sony Disc won't read the HDD. I thought you HAD to have the Sony Disc Utility for the thing to work?