The very first step you have to take when using the Swap Magic Discs, is to power up your Playstation 2 console, and insert either the DVD or the CD Version of your Swap Magic discs. The DVD Version of the Swap Magic is used for loading up DVD based backup and import Playstation 2 games, while the CD Version of the Swap Magic is used for booting up CD Based backup or import games. Though many of the newest games are only on DVD now, there is still a large library of CD based Playstation 2 software, especially import software or DVD-Rips as they are called.
Once you have loaded up the Swap Magic main menu, you will be greeted by 2 different menu options. The LOAD PROGRAM option is the one you'll want to us, in order to load your import order backup or import Playstation 2 game. The Video Mode Option is equally as useful, but only if you have to change the video mode of your system from PAL to NTSC or vice versa. This is not an option you need to worry about 99% of the time. Simply select the Load Program option and push the button on your controller. This will take you to the SWAP DISC screen.
You will need to swap your Swap Magic disc with the game disc of your choice. You can do this with the included Slide Tool / Slide Card accessory. You can find out Ps2 Slide Tool Instructions by following the link. Naturally, if you don't wish to use a slide tool, but would instead like to use PS2 Filp Tops (PS2 Covers designed for the large PS2 Console, which allow swapping of discs) then you can take a look at some of the PS2 Flip Top Cover products. While these require a replacement of the top of your PS2 cover, they are an excellent and easy way to swap your discs.
After you've swapped your game disc, by taking out the swap magic disc, you'll be able to immediately start playing your game. Both import and backup games will load up, and play as if though you had not gone through any type of swap process with the Swap Magic discs.