As I've not yet found the time to set up a mailing list, feel free to ask questions here.
I'll try to answer them and everyone else please try to answer them, too.
- 1 Hardware
- 2 Firmware
- 3 Hacking
- 3.1 I want to avoid soldering. Is is possible to become root without serial console?
- 3.2 I don't want to open my TeraStation. Is it still possible to become root?
- 3.3 Has anyone successfully replaced the TeraStation's firmware with a different Linux system?
- 3.4 Can I install or replace Linux applications on the TeraStation?
- 3.5 Can I replace my existing 250GB hard drives with larger ones?
- 3.6 Why should I add a sudoers file, can't I just change the root password?
Is the TeraStation very loud?
The temperature regulated fan inside keeps the noise down, but the 4 hard disks produce a lot of vibration.
Are there any firmware updates?
There are no non Japanese firmware updates for the TeraStation at this time according to Buffalo tech support.
I want to avoid soldering. Is is possible to become root without serial console?
Creating your own firmware image with SSH installed and a known root password is possible. See here for a guide to extracting the firmware. Another method would be to remove the disks and modify them directly.
I don't want to open my TeraStation. Is it still possible to become root?
Yes. See the previous question regarding modifying a firmware image and applying it.
As it's possible to make your own (hacked) firmware, the old answers have been removed.
Has anyone successfully replaced the TeraStation's firmware with a different Linux system?
I've chrooted into a Debian/PPC. That works fine once you're root.
Can I install or replace Linux applications on the TeraStation?
No problem, once you're root.
Can I replace my existing 250GB hard drives with larger ones?
Kind of. You need some knowledge of how Linux software RAID works.
To move to larger drives you will have to repartition all 4 new drives in a similar fashion to the existing drives and then copy everything over.
You should be able to follow the instructions on replacing a broken drive in the manual. Replace one drive at a time. You should end up with 4 new drives.
To get the additional space, you need to log in as root, repartition the disks to use all available space and regenerate the data partition RAID. You will lose all your data, but you could use the old disks to make a backup...
A quicker method would be to use a Linux PC and connect all 4 new drives to it when recreating the drive structure along with copying the firmware files.
It might just work with the rescue mode of the 1.07β firmware but I don't have that firmware on my TeraStation, nor do I have enough money to get 4 bigger harddisks to give it a try.
Why should I add a sudoers file, can't I just change the root password?
No, the passwd file is saved and restored during firmware update, so there is no point in changing the root password in a firmware update image as the changes will be ignored.
The sudoers file is not saved and restored, so you can become root this way.