After reading LOT of topics about hard disk swapping in archos recent product family, today I had an idea, may bad, maybe good.
The idea is that:
there are softwares around that are able to update an hard disk firmware: here you can find an autoboot iso that performs the update on lenovo laptop models (2.5' and 1.8', not 3.5'):http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site. ... harddrives
(the software is born for the lenovo ThinkPad laptop serie).
(many interesting softwares there)
In those softwares we are able to find the .BIN files that will be loaded in to the hdd... my question is this: if the REAL PHYSICAL serial number is stored in the firmware, we can modify it directly in the .BIN file that is usualy NOT encrypted with an hex editor and then upload it.
Now 2 problems:
1) How to download an archos hdd firmware to obtain a bin to modify ?
2) If 1 is not possible, is there a way to read the serial number via software and then using it in another already present in the database firmware ?
3) Is the firmware in lenovo database related to their laptop or is it a generic firmware ?
I hope that someone will answer, even to say "you are an idiot" !