Well, it's more like unscrewing the backplate - no harder than changing batteries in kids toys. I did the soft mod for my PS2 (original version) - pretty easy. The hardest thing is finding all the things you need: official network adapter, action replay with the USB flash drive. The other parts are easy to obtain: PS1 disk, ATA drive. Having my games on a hard drive is awesome though. Just google up "ps2 softmod" and you're good to go. If you can find an Action Replay I'd imagine that the memor32 would work too.