I would be really really grateful as i think it's the last chance what i can try in attempt to recover my dead PSX. I was palying with it for a while and the story is seems quite similar to some other people here: HDD got corrupted in some way, mine had the only bad block, which seems to contain some important data from psx os.
I easily cloned the hdd thanks to Winhex so everyone can do it (i used 16th version). It will help a lot if you will not have any recorded video on it, so final image can be compressed and shared lets say via torrent. I copied the cloned image to another similar HDD - my psx has Maxtor drive, i copied image to Seagate. As a result behavior during loading exactly the same - some white flashes and after that black screen. But when original Maxtor HDD make a noise trying to read damaged (and by the way remaped sector (i didn it with MHDD) which seems is no help), new seagate makes no such noise and just goes black after some time. Which makes me think that there is no lock in HDD firmware and hdd can be swaped. The important thing is to keep the same partitions and files.
Anyway to confirm my theory i really need image from working console. Hope someone can help. Thanks a lot in advance!