Hey, I am new the ps3 scene but not to modding/hacking. I can follow a good technical guide or tutorial but the amount of different guides for hacking the ps3 and the sheer number of opinions on what CFW or usbloader (etc) is best is somewhat ridiculous. I going out on a limb here but I am going to say that there is most likely ONE CFW that is best and ONE usbloader that is best. It seems possible that there may be a few depending on what applications you are using your ps3 for (online or just offline). I've been reading guides now for over a week and I am close to getting an idea as to what I need but if anyone has a few minutes to help me sort this out your time would be greatly appreciated. (for the record) I am thinking of purchasing a new ps3 slim cech-2501B with OFW 3.40. It comes with a 320 GB HD but I plan on upgrading to a 1TB. I plan on using the unit for playing offline, have no plan to go online at any time ever. Things I would like to do with it include: a) rip and make backups of my ps3 games. b) store those backups on an external hard drive in ISO format c) run my games from an external hard drive (if possible) d) (optional) perhaps install some emulators e) make a nand backup (though I know little about this but I have read it can help you recover from bricking) From the guides I have been reading thus far it is a fairly simple process, install OFW 3.55 then install your CFW and shazam. (this is where I need someone to PLEASE correct me if I am wrong) It seems the best CFW atm is "Rebug 4.76.1-LITE– Cobra 7.1 – Toolbox 2.02.07" and the best backup loader is "multiMAN". So my questions are: 1) what is the best way to run games off an external HD in ISO format? I would rather not use a fat32 drive and divide the files and if I understand it correctly multiMAN can read NFTS drives. I also hear that Rebug 4.76.1 LITE - Cobra 7.1 has its own backup loader. So which loader is best or do I need to use both for different games? 2) Do I need the latest CFW (4.76.1 - 7.1) to run the latest games? Or will older more stable CFW suit my needs? I want to use the BEST usbloader that plays the most games, if possible. 3) For every guide I read that answers one questions it raises two more unfortunately. There is simply far to much technical jargon for hacking a ps3. What is "spoofing" and does it apply to me for what I plan on using the ps3 for (offline play and game backup)? 4) Are there any terms I should know or specific homebrews that are MUST have applications? Again, any insight into this would be greatly appreciated. I have answered a large number of noobish questions just by reading over the vast amount of info here and on the ps3hax site but like I said, there are SO MANY varying opinions from guide to guide the problem is often just knowing which guide to read, you know?