Seeking information before purchase of a ps2
I've done some reading and I think I would like to go ahead and attempt a PS2 softmod, for use with backups off an external HDD.. Getting nostalgic and I'd like to go back and play some of my favorite PS2 titles. I have a collection of about 30 PS2 games in the attic, about 10 (my favorites) I have backed up onto a 1TB USB HDD. I don't remember exactly what I used to make these backups but it was either IMGburn or MagicISO.
Digging it out, I found that my PS2 does not turn on and my MC is missing after many years of neglect and I know that they are fairly cheap now.. up until a few days ago I was unaware backup loading was possible w/ PS2 until a friend of mine, after seeing my daughter's Wii, told me about his old system and how he was able to accomplish this. He directed me here.. and now I'd like to backup the rest of my collection and keep them all on my external HDD for safe keeping and enjoyment.
So, I have some questions before I go out and purchase another PS2, MC & codebreaker.
1) Will the backups I made with IMGburn/MagicISO work already, or will I have to use something special and make new backups for use with OPL?
2) I currently use this external HDD mostly for my daughter's Wii backups and files I need to keep safe.. can I just make a new partition and use it with the PS2 also.. or is the purchase of a separate HDD for the PS2 required?
3) I plan on getting a slim PS2 for the USB2.0.. is this the best bet for game quality via an external HDD? I read that the phat PS2 have USB 1/1.1, and produce choppy/slow game play when loading USB HDD backups.
4) Is there a specific codebreaker version/disk I need, or any PS2 codebreaker they sell me from gamestop would work? (for installing Free MC Boot)
5) Final checklist.. PS2, memory card, codebreaker & freemcboot dot info. This is all that is needed to get things up and running my backups? Heh... Feels like something more would be needed.. is it really that simple?
Thanks in advance for any feedback, and thanks for all the great information I found while learning about PS2 soft mods here!