Well guys (and gal), after a very patient amount of time in which I've kept an eye open for something to hook-up my Dev Box to my PC with I finally found the Holy Grail of SCSI adapters, a USB to SCSI 50-Pin adapter. And it was brand new factory sealed too!
Only problem, blasted thing was defective. No PC in my house would even detect the stupid adapter. This was the final straw.
A few mintues ago I removed the 60-Pin SCSI HDD from the Dev. Box and placed it into an anti-static bag. The objective is to haul it to work with me tomorrow and utilize SCSI equipment we have their to determine if there is any data still on this HDD. And if so, to copy it onto a USB thumb drive.
I have no idea if it's going to work out though. Have a good clue that the data should be in either a FAT16 or FAT32 partition seeing as the Dev Box had been designed for use as part of a Windows 98 SE setup. And the HDD is only a 4GB HDD, so there too those would be the most likely used formatting on the drive.
Say a prayer and Keep your fingers crossed. Even if the HDD shows up as blank we've got some insane recovery software at our disposal at work that can restore a drive to pre-erase state, though the data integrity is not always 100% this should at least shed light onto file names, whihc I hope will lead to the discovery of which developer had actually originally had possesion of my unit. The seller I bought it from was merely a middle-man selling it on behalf of someone else. When asked, he did give the name of the developer that he thought his consigner had mentioned, but a CD-R disc that was mixed in with some blank GD-ROM's included with the unit, which may be unrelated, implies an entirely different developer.
So I'm hoping to bring closure to this 4-year old puzzle tomorrow and at long last give myself some piece of mind.
Stay tuned tomorrow, same bat-time, same bat-channel