Yabadabadoo!! I've made it!
Just finished installing dualboot with working AVOS 1.7.11 into 120Gb and IT REALLY WORKS!
So here is the way to get back to life Archos5/7 with original FW and damaged HDD:
0. Install original 1.7.11 FW. Device will hang in cicle rebooting - it's OK.
1. Backup hidden partition as described in http://dev.openaos.org/wiki/SettingUpMultiRoot
2. Install original SDE.
3. Continue as in http://dev.openaos.org/wiki/SettingUpMultiRoot
, using additional files from http://www.openaos.org/~kevin/archos_an ... -feb-2010/
That's all, falks!
PS But is it possible to make it boot after it without dualboot, only to AVOS?
I did this, and my Archos 5 IMT now functions with a replacement hard drive. However, I cannot play AAC files. Is there anyway to reenable AAC compatibility after following this procedure?