Disassemble the LS MINI

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Linkstation Mini Back

This information and pictures from this forum thread[1] and Yamasita's site too[2]


Pop Open Case

Take the top off

The LinkStation Mini case turned out to be pretty easy to take apart.

  • Using 1 inch flexible putty knife.
  • There's a slot in the top case between the USB port and the Ethernet port.
  • 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 Carefully remove the top case.

Take off Side rails

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.

All done

All done

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.

Front side of Board

LS MINI PCB frontside - high resolution

Ethernet Disk mini
CPU ARM 266.24 BogoMIPS ARM926EJ-Sid(wb) rev 0 (v5l) (88F5182-A2 C400 - 400MHz ARM Processor Marvell SoC)
RAM 128MiB DDR2-533 - 2 modules a 32MBx16 - either
  • Elpida EDE5116AFSE-5C-E
Flash ROM NANIYARA SST39VF020 4Mb - 256kB x8 (NOR)
Other RTC - Ricoh RS5C372A (I2C)
NIC MARVELL 88E1118 Gigabit Ethernet Transceiver ("Alaska" series) RJ-45
USB 1x Type A
internal HDD 2x SATA 2,5"
IDE/SATA Controller
Drive Capacity 2x250GB or 2x500GB (Hitachi Travelstar 5K500 500GB SATA II HTS545050KTA300)
Fan none
initial Networkname LS-WSGL1AC

Back side of board

LS MINI PCB backside - high resolution
  • NANIYARA SST 39VF020. 256K x8CMOS Multi-Purpose Flash


  1. The Buffalo NAS hacking Forums: Low-quality pictures of Linkstation Mini board
  2. 分解 (disassemble)- LS-WSGL/R1