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TeraStation™ ES TS-XEL

TeraStation ES (TS-XEL)


  • 4.0TB TS-XE4.0TL/R5
  • 8.0TB TS-XE8.0TL/R5
  • 12.0TB TS-XE12.0TL/R5

Commercial description

TS-XEL : TeraStation™ ES @ BUFFALO

TeraStation ES is a cost-effective, reliable RAID-based network attached storage that is packed with an enhanced set of features necessary for management of essential business activities such as business continuity and disaster recovery.

Active Directory integration, real-time share replication, and hot swap and hot spare hard drives make the TeraStation ES the top choice for businesses requiring a low-cost, secure and high quality central file or backup server.

TeraStation's oversized cooling system, heavy-duty power supply and 128-bit AES encryption ensures increased reliability and data security. With these robust business class features, TeraStation ES delivers unmatched performance at a great value.

Gain SSH Access

Source / Credit : [1]

Firmware 1.55

Use the following firmware password:


Start with the files downloaded from Buffalo's website. Then, ideally on a Linux platform of some sort...

1) unzip the hddrootfs.img

 unzip hddrootfs.img

provide the right password for the firmware.

The result of this is a hddrootfs.buffalo.updated...this is the tared root-filesystem of the firmware image.

2) create a folder where you want to untar the rootfs and untar it

 mkdir <foldername>
 cd <foldername>
 tar -vxz --numeric-owner -p -f ../hddrootfs.buffalo.updated

3) modify the image to enable sshd logins. This copies an authorized_keys file from your home directory on the Linux box, but any mechanism to make an authorized_keys file will work

 cd etc
 sed -i 's/PermitRootLogin/# PermitRootLogin/' sshd_config
 cd ../root
 mkdir .ssh
 cp $HOME/.ssh/authorized_keys .ssh/authorized_keys

4) create the hddrootfs.buffalo.updated again (you should be in the folder where you extracted the image)

 tar -vczf ../hddrootfs.buffalo.updated-new *
 cd ..
 mv hddrootfs.buffalo.updated hddrootfs.buffalo.updated-old
 mv hddrootfs.buffalo.updated-new hddrootfs.buffalo.updated

5) create the hddrootfs.img again

CAUTION: if you use the wrong password, the firmware updater / the linkstation will fail to unzip the hddrootfs.img

 zip -e hddrootfs.img hddrootfs.buffalo.updated

6) Perform the update using the normal Buffalo updater (probably after enabling the debug option to reload the image)

7) Use ssh to root@ip_address

Firmware Information

Firmware v1.55 is available at [2] or direct link [3]

PLACEHOLDER Generated with v1.55 of ?th February 201? from 4TB TS-XE4.0TL/R5

uname -a

 Linux TS-XEL #7 Mon Nov 7 16:39:20 JST 2011 armv5tel unknown


 Processor       : Feroceon 88FR131 rev 1 (v5l)
 BogoMIPS        : 1199.30
 Features        : swp half thumb fastmult edsp 
 CPU implementer : 0x56
 CPU architecture: 5TE
 CPU variant     : 0x2
 CPU part        : 0x131
 CPU revision    : 1
 Hardware        : Feroceon-KW
 Revision        : 0000
 Serial          : 0000000000000000


MemTotal:         248428 kB       
MemFree:          118920 kB       
Buffers:           29592 kB       
Cached:            62828 kB       
SwapCached:            0 kB       
Active:            42088 kB       
Inactive:          64572 kB       
Active(anon):      14764 kB       
Inactive(anon):        0 kB       
Active(file):      27324 kB       
Inactive(file):    64572 kB       
Unevictable:           0 kB       
Mlocked:               0 kB       
SwapTotal:        999864 kB       
SwapFree:         999864 kB       
Dirty:                 4 kB       
Writeback:             0 kB       
AnonPages:         14252 kB       
Mapped:             8244 kB       
Slab:              14796 kB       
SReclaimable:       4328 kB       
SUnreclaim:        10468 kB       
PageTables:          588 kB       
NFS_Unstable:          0 kB       
Bounce:                0 kB       
WritebackTmp:          0 kB       
CommitLimit:     1124076 kB       
Committed_AS:      60156 kB       
VmallocTotal:     385024 kB       
VmallocUsed:       17852 kB       
VmallocChunk:     353916 kB

dmesg placeholder

Linux version (root@build2.dd-hot24.nas.buffalo.local) (gcc version 4.2.0 20070413 (prerelease)) #50 Tue Dec 22 18:06:23 JST 2009
CPU: ARM926EJ-S [56251311] revision 1 (ARMv5TE), cr=00053977
Machine: Feroceon-KW
Using UBoot passing parameters structure
Memory policy: ECC disabled, Data cache writeback
On node 0 totalpages: 32768
  DMA zone: 256 pages used for memmap
  DMA zone: 0 pages reserved
  DMA zone: 32512 pages, LIFO batch:7
  Normal zone: 0 pages used for memmap
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