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The LinkStation Mini case turned out to be pretty easy to take apart. I used a 1 inch flexible putty knife. There's a slot in the top case between the USB port and the Ethernet port. You insert the putty knife 1/4 inch, and then rotate the knife to lever the back of the case out, so that the top of the case can be pulled up. Then you can carefully remove the top case.
 
The LinkStation Mini case turned out to be pretty easy to take apart. I used a 1 inch flexible putty knife. There's a slot in the top case between the USB port and the Ethernet port. You insert the putty knife 1/4 inch, and then rotate the knife to lever the back of the case out, so that the top of the case can be pulled up. Then you can carefully remove the top case.
  
[[LSMINI-Topopen.jpg]]
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==Take off Side rails==
 
==Take off Side rails==
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After removing top cover all you need is to gentle pull these side rails.
 
After removing top cover all you need is to gentle pull these side rails.
  
[[LSMINI-Siderailsoff.jpg]]
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==All done==
 
==All done==
  
[[LSMINI-Disassembled.jpg]]
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If you detach the drives from the motherboard be sure to remember which one goes where. If you swap them by mistake  it doesn't appear to cause damage -- all that happens is that the LinkStation doesn't boot. Swapping them back seemed to make everything work again.
 
If you detach the drives from the motherboard be sure to remember which one goes where. If you swap them by mistake  it doesn't appear to cause damage -- all that happens is that the LinkStation doesn't boot. Swapping them back seemed to make everything work again.

Revision as of 14:46, 9 September 2008


Pop Open Case

The LinkStation Mini case turned out to be pretty easy to take apart. I used a 1 inch flexible putty knife. There's a slot in the top case between the USB port and the Ethernet port. You insert the putty knife 1/4 inch, and then rotate the knife to lever the back of the case out, so that the top of the case can be pulled up. Then you can carefully remove the top case.

LSMINI-Topopen.jpg

Take off Side rails

There are no screws or tape or anything, it's just the parts you see here. The aluminum side rails have little bumps that hook into the drives where the screws would normally go.

After removing top cover all you need is to gentle pull these side rails.

MINI-Siderailsoff.jpg


All done

LSMINI-Disassembled.jpg


If you detach the drives from the motherboard be sure to remember which one goes where. If you swap them by mistake it doesn't appear to cause damage -- all that happens is that the LinkStation doesn't boot. Swapping them back seemed to make everything work again.