FreeLink for the LinkStation Quad

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There is a possibility that you could brick your NAS with these instructions. Please make sure that you read the entire page carefully.

This page will describe the steps taken to get FreeLink and subsequently Lenny on my newly acquired Quad (LS-QL/R5). Think of it as work in progress until I actually get Debian on it. And at the same time, any comments or suggestions are very welcome.


PLEASE read through all the steps here before you try anything.

High Level Steps

  1. Resize partitions (optional)
  2. Open up for telnet
  3. Install FreeLink image
  4. Configure for Debian
  5. Upgrade to Lenny
  6. Final customization
  7. Backup the changes (while not technically needed, this is highly recommended)


Model LS-QL
  • 1 x 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12
  • 3 x 1TB WS Caviar Green
Firmware 1.11


  • ACP Commander
  • FreeLink image
  • Debian tarball

Resizing the partitions