While I haven't had a whole lot of time to mess with my new dot.bob, there are a few things that I have discovered that should prove quite useful to this group.
I used WinHEX to clone my dot.bob drive over my old dot.tiger drive (Same exact mechanism) so that I would have a clean backup. Next I started exploring the partitions. The two partitions of interest were the first two. Partition 1 is blank, however it's OS type is that of Windows. Windows will just report it back as unformatted. The size of partition 1 is 408MB, I'll relate my theory on the importance of this in just a minute. Partition 2 is a FAT16 partition, further inspection shows that it has a Windows 95 boot sector, and the FAT table shows 185MB used 19MB unused out of this 204MB partition. HOWEVER, the first directory sector has been cleared. To the Windows operating system, it interprets this as a formatted drive without any files. When I examined the cloned drive on my WinXP system, WindowsXP saw the FAT16 partition and automatically mounted it as a new drive. Of course XP decided that it needed to add its garbage to the newly mounted drive, so it placed System Information and Recycled folders on the drive during the boot process. This of course, overwrote the original directory sectors, thank goodness it was a copy and not the original. Tomorrow, I will re-clone the drive and view the partition sectors under a less intrusive/destructive OS. Hopefully the first directory sector is still intact with only the file entries having a deleted status.
So I found a FAT16 partition with a wiped directory, so what? Well just because the directory entries are wiped, doesn't mean that the files were. It appears that this partition had a minimal Windows95 installation with some dot.station specific files. Included in these files was an Intel BIOS flasher utility. Even better, this one appears to have 'digital authentication certificates' embedded in it. I also saw evidence of BIOS image files, including .HEX versions. There also appeared to be test applications to test dot.station specific hardware, i.e. the LEDs, the phone keypad, etc. But since the root directory has been wiped, it may take a little work with some data mining tools to extract these files. It should be possible, but I won't be able to tackle it until later this weekend. I thought I should give the group a heads up on my discoveries in case anyone out there has experience recovering files in this manner. I also suspect that the files, for the most part, will not be fragmented, meaning easy recovery as all sectors pertaining to a file should be in order.
Oh yes, my theory on the first partition is that it was designed to be used to allow backup of the second partition while it also stored a copy of an updated partition during a download. All the service provider would need to do is tell the dot.bob to replace the first directory sector (with data either downloaded or already stored somewhere else on the hard drive), set the second partition to active, reboot the system, flash the update BIOS under Windows 95's DOS mode, then reset the active partition to the Linux boot partition, reboot once again and everything would be updated. The TiVo uses a similar method of swapping out partitions when it performs an OS update. And since the first partition is exactly twice the size of the second partition this makes sense. Viewing the partition with a sector viewer did show up some data, but most of it seemed to be duplicates of some of the linux partition data.
Hope this information is helpful,