Freezing the HD didn't work out. Well, the freezing itself worked perfectly but it didn't change a thing. At the meanwhile, however, there is some progress.
I started to disassemble the harddisk because I knew I had another harddisk laying around which crashed years ago (same symptom, stopped turning) and that one was also an Imprimis and had the same size. It seemed to be another revision but I ripped the main PCB from that one and put it on the BBS harddisk. To my surprise the drive starts spinning and was even going to boot the BBS!
I already had connected an SD card device to the SCSI chain to immediately start a back-up, just in case.
I started with a back-up of the boot partition using "HardBack" and there seem to be a lot of errors on that partition but halfway "HardBack" backed out the hard way (hence the name? :-)) and corrupted my destination partition!
Just started a new back-up, using "FlashBack" this time. I hope this will do better. I also hope that this back-up tool creates a list of what the problem files were otherwise I'll get a very hard time to recover it. Already tried to run "cleanup" to get at least a list of the problem files but it also backs out halfway.
For the Thunderdome users: If I ever get to the point that the BBS will run again, keep in mind that your stats may be wrong. The regular userlog is corrupt but a long time ago I made a batch file to back it up to another partition once a week. I hope I never disabled that feature! another thing is, I don't know yet if the partition on where the back-up is is recoverable. I don't even know on what partition it actually is saved to right now!
Another very annoying thing is that I need to press "start" every time FlashBack comes across a corrupt file. This is not funny! FlashBack is running now for an hour or so and I still have 1219 files left. And that's just the first 16MB partition of the 11 to do! Not even talking about the other non-BBS partitions on that harddisk!
Wish me luck... Sysop Fox-1
note: with the fact I got 1 working HD using the parts of 2 maybe means I can repair the other one too! If it works I finally have access to my old sources from years ago (for what it's worth, don't even know exactly what those were :-))
edit: I'm an ASS! No wonder the back-up tools back out! How can one put 16MB partitions to an 8MB SD-Card! (how did I ever get that thing in the first place?)
edit 2: Suddenly I can't partition 4GB SD Cards anymore, while it worked before. Anyways, switched to a 4GB FlashCard which seems to work.
Edited by Fox-1 / mnx, Wed Sep 21, 2011 6:46 PM.