Upgrade (or replace) the existing LinkStation hard drive
This article based on work by DC and frontalot. Originally by frontalot at Linkstationwiki.org
Some of this information courtesy of http://www.geishuettner.de/docs/Linkstation/
- 1 Old Generation - LS1,LS2,HG,HS
- 1.1 Use the Firmware updater to create partitions and flash the firmware
- 1.2 Backup your entire hard drive, partition a blank drive on a Knoppix workstation
- 2 New Generation - LSPro,LSLive
Methods - There are two ways to go about this:
- You will have to backup the data, if you want to save it in /mnt on your own with either method.
- Disassemble the LinkStation and disconnect the hard drive.
- Use the Firmware updater to create partitions and flash the firmware
This is generally accepted as the easier method to upgrade your Linkstation's hard drive, if you run the firmware updater it will automatically create the necessary partitions. When you boot the LS up for the first time, the disk full LED will flash, this is the LS creating the partitions, wait until the flashing stops, then run the firmware updater (you may need to run it twice as the first may fail).
- Backup your entire hard drive, partition a blank drive on a Knoppix workstation
These instructions are intended for people who wish to preserve their existing /hda1. First you will need to Create a perfect backup of the LinkStation filesystem then partition a new hard drive on a Knoppix workstation. Finally you will have to restore the backup you created and create a swap partition.
Use the Firmware updater to create partitions and flash the firmware
Then take the old drive out of the LinkStation and put the new drive in.
Connect disk to LS and flash firmware
- power on LS (Reset button not pressed)
- Using The LinkStation firmware flasher, you could flash OpenLink, FreeLink or the Stock Firmware.
- Open the archive and carefully read the included README file for any specific instructions.
- Disable any firewall(s), including any built-in Windows firewall
- If you are running some virus checker or worm detection software, disable this also
- Make sure the LinkStation and your PC are on the same sub-network. This likely requires that you change the IP address (and probably the subnet-mask) of your PC and router to a different IP address in EM Mode it will have a static IP address of 192.168.11.150 or to connect your PC and LinkStation directly with a crossover cable.
- unpack HD-H*.zip (use the proper firmware for your LS)
- start HD-H*FWUpdate.exe (use the proper updater for your LS)
- press "search", should find Linkstation "EM" (Emergency Mode)
- After finding your LinkStation, press the "Renew Firmware" button, and wait. Have patience, and keep your calm. If you think the Firmware updater is acting strange, do not try to disconnect the LinkStation or abort the update in another way.
- start update, following messages appear:
Settings are being saved Firmware is being transmitted LinkStation Firmware has been renewed Settings are being restored
- if You get the following message You are done.
The firmware has been renewed
- But because the reformatting and partitioning takes too long, the Diskfull LED may blink or you can hear the disk being active (withoug LED indication).
Then you will get:
Attempt to renew firmware has failed
- if so, wait until Diskfull LED goes off or the disk activity stops after some minutes.
- press "search" again.
- start update again.
- after all the other messages You should get this time:
The firmware has been renewed
- After flashing connect your LinkStation up to the network with subnet 192.168.1.XXX the LS is now reachable via telnet and the "old" IP. so switch back IP settings and reenable the windows firewall.
Login to the LinkStation
- Find your LinkStation on the network and Telnet to it with PuTTYtel You will be at the root shell prompt:
- set root password:
- change bash to login:
- add a new guest user
useradd -m -d /home/guest guest
Be patient as the first boot may take longer than normal.
Restore your Data
Backup your entire hard drive, partition a blank drive on a Knoppix workstation
Backup Data and /hda1
- Start by making a backup of your existing hard drive: Create a perfect backup of the LinkStation filesystem.
- Backup the data in /mnt that you want to save either by copying it off of your LinkStation using Samba, FTP or a USB drive. You could create a Tarball of this data if you wanted to.
Partition Hard Drive
Now you need to partition the new hard drive according to your needs (replacing x with whatever letter you have installed the hard drive as):
The standard LinkStation setup uses 3 partitions:
- hda1 (main ~ 400MB)
- hda2 (swap ~ 300MB)
- hda3 (mount ~ remaining)
If you want a larger main partition you should do so at this time.
Restore your backup of /hda1
Restore your backup first
dd if=/mnt/whatever/hda1.bin of=/dev/hda1
You must run fix_ext2_magic, check for errors, and resize the backup image if you created a larger main partition:
./fix_ext2_magic --fix /dev/hdx1 e2fsck /dev/hdx1 resize2fs /dev/hdx1
You may have to use the force option (-f) if resize2fs complains about not running e2fsck.
Create the ext2 filesystem and swap partition
You can turn off drive checking since we are using ext2 with journaling:
mke2fs -j /dev/hdx3 tune2fs -c0 -i0 /dev/hdx3 mkswap /dev/hdx2
Place the new hard drive in the LinkStation and reboot. Be patient as the first boot may take longer than normal.
Restore your Data
There are several ways, but it is not that easy as with the older boxes. Just putting in a blank drive and updating the firmware does not work as the Firmware updater does not find the box. Why? Because in contrast to the older boxes everything but the bootloader(UBoot) is on the hdd. so even EM Mode got implemented via an initrd in /boot (=/dev/sda1).
Cloning the first partition and flashing
This way works because you need the first partition (/boot = /dev/sda1) so you can boot to EM Mode
- Follow Disassemble_the_LS_Pro until you have the hdd in your hand
- Connect the HDD to a pc, also connect the new HDD to it.
- clone /dev/sda1 from the old to the new HDD
- Assemble the LSPro/LSLive again with the new HDD
- Flash the Firmware of your choice
- Easy, no Linux Skills needed (if you use Norton Ghost for example)
- No custom partitions possible