k this is what happened
i sold my computer motherboard/case to my friend for 130, with a dvd drive and a surround sound card... so i went to eb games a few days later to buy a used ps2 because of this whole HD loader, i havnt read much but i go tthe gist of it... like only ps2 games, no games on burned dvds unless mod chiped ect.
so i go to this guy whos been doing modding for 11 years he inspected it before i went with a chip (when i bought it used, it was a version 4) he said that the laser was going to die soon because of some clicking noise.. so i was like, ok. he told me to go back to ebgames and see if i can get another used one or pay like the remainder for a new one. when i bought the used one i traded in some games to get the network adapter (40 bucks ) anyway i had waranty on the uses ps2 and the guy immidienty went to the back of the store pulled out a version 10, (which he said the weak laser problem was fixed by sony) out of a new box and controller and power plug and put it in the used box... so basicly i got version 10 ps2 for 119.
now my qustion is with a modded ps2 (messiah) can i use a 12 gb hard drive that i pulled out of a broken down Imac (imac stuff still on HD,) and if so does HD loader have a format tool i can use? and one more qustion. my friend burned me a copy of HDloader but he said it was labeled as a free version? are their any diffrences from this free version and the actual HD Loader?