Disassemble the LS MINI

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Linkstation Mini


Back view - Pop open Case
Lever open the case

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

Pop Open Case

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.

Take the top off

Pull off the Top
Take the top off
  • Then Carefully remove the top case.

Take off Side rails

Pull off rails
Rails off
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 and Back Sides of board

LS MINI PCB frontside - high resolution
LS MINI PCB backside - high resolution
Ethernet Disk mini[3]
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"
SATA Controller Integrated into SOC
Drive Capacity 2x250GB or 2x500GB (Hitachi Travelstar 5K500 500GB SATA II HTS545050KTA300)
Fan none
initial Networkname LS-WSGL1AC


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