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Buffalo LinkStation reinstall firmware

Try to Reflash

First see if your Linkstation is on a different IP than you are used to. Use a port scanner. Also your LS may now be on a different subnet than your router you will have to change the subnet on your router/computer to 192.168.11.XXX You could also use a crossover cable to attach your computer directly to the linkstation. Before you try to reflash see if you can open a telnet or ssh session to your LinkStation with PuTTY first, or if your Samba shares are acessable at \\

Reset Button

If you double press the reset button on the rear of your LS (press quickly with a one second pause between successive presses) this will

  1. Launch Telnet process (on port 1234)
  2. Start apservd which opens port (udp 22936) on your linkstation. All 3 Windows applications which came with your Linkstation (HD-HLAN FWUpdate.exe, IPSetup.exe and LsBackup.exe) are using this open UDP port to communicate with your Linkstation

EM Mode

If you can get to this point you can try The LinkStation firmware flasher

Firmware Reinstallation

The following steps can be used to "reanimate" a Linkstation, this is also generally accepted as the easier method to upgrade your Linkstation's hard drive.

Open LinkStation

  • disconnect disk from internal mainboard and power.

Remove all partitions

  • connect disk to a PC with knoppix via a USB-IDE adapter or directly to the IDE controller. If you change the IDE setting on your hard drive to match it to a "Slave" setting, remember to put the jumper back to "Master" before connecting back the hard drive to the Linkstation
  • start knoppix in terminal mode "knoppix 2"

For a USB-IDE connection:

parted /dev/sda

For IDE direct connection:
hda = Primary Master hdb = Primary Slave hdc = Secondary Master hdd = Secondary Slave

So if you used Primary Master you would type:

parted /dev/hda

After this, the commands are the same for USB & IDE direct:

rm 1 rm 2 rm 3 rm 4 quit

  • (optional) For Windows users who do not wish to become familiar with Knoppix, Google and get "Explore2fs". When the LS drive is connected to the IDE controller on your pc, this application may allow you to retrieve data from the LS disk and copy (export) it to your Windows drive. You can then use Windows Computer Management -> Disk Management to delete the partitions on the LS drive and continue with the directions as posted here.
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