i only found out about this whole ps2 hdd stuff this morning, i have a few quesions, but please answer me if i'm wrong. 1. you don't need a chip, unless you want to transfer backup games to the hdd. 2. i only need a maxtor hdd, a network adapter & a hdloader or hdadvance disc. 3. games copy just fine from originals but require a swap magic or modchip to transfer backup games. 4. it mentions all games have to be in a certain mode before they will boot from the hdd, but can they be set just the once, or do they have to be set every time. cause i have young kids and i think it will be quite confusing for them to have to swap the mode every time a game with a different mode is to be loaded, so can it be set to 3 for a certain game and say mode 1 for another. what i'm asking is can the mode be master set for each game or does it have to be set each time i play it. ? 5. also no support for dual layer games, but can't these games be ripped from a dvd drive in a pc and stripped of all the bollocks, like we used to do with the dvd games that were burned to cd-r ? i'm aware a chip or swap magic is then needed to transfer the game to the hdd. has anyone tried this ? 6. can the hdloader or hdadvance be removed from the ps2 disc drive after it boots the game, does the laser stop ? 7. i read that ripped from a pc it is faster than being ripped from the ps2 drive, can the pc be linked to the ps2 via usb as the ps2 has 2 usb ports, using a certain software ? i like the idea of no discs for the kids to scratch, and faster loading times. thanks.