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- Upgrading the drives of a terastation
- Vincent Lascaux
September 2, 2006, 2:12 am
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I may buy a Buffalo TeraStation. BestBuy sells the HD-H0.6TGL at the very
attracting price of $400. I want a larger one though. If I then buy 4x500GB
hard drives ($200), will I be able to replace the 160GB hard drives from the
TeraStation with the 500GB ones? This would be a total cost of $1200
compared to $1550 of the TeraStation HD-H2.0TGLR5 (the 2TB one). So for $350
less, I would have 4x160GB spare drives...
Anybody knows if I can do that?
- Alex Harrington
September 2, 2006, 11:24 am
Re: Upgrading the drives of a terastation
Officially Buffalo say you can't. The Terrastation stores part of its OS
on the drives and so if you replace all 4 in one go it won't be able to
You may be able to get round it by leveraging the EM mode of the
firmware (basically change all 4 drives and it will boot just enough
from ROM to get a network interface up and running). From there you do
the latest firmware upgrade (which preps partitions on the discs etc)
and then it should be up and running OK.
Perhaps the safest way might be to pull each drive, put it on a Linux
box and clone the partition table, data from the first drive etc and
then go from there?
There is an active Linkstation hacking community at linkstationwiki.net.
They have some limited info on the Terastation and might know someone
who has the definitive answer.