Sunday, 8 February 2009

The Buffalo Linkstation Live (v2) - Unbricking

I just managed to get my Buffalo Linkstation (running Debian based Freelink) to brick in a new way: it would pull the kernel and initrd by tftp over and over again or it would appear to have loaded them but simply stop.

After trawling the forums I have salvaged the situation by mounting the HDD on a linux system and erasing and rebuilding the default /dev/sda1 partition.

I have also recorded how to do it in the relevant wiki article like a good boy:

http://buffalo.nas-central.org/wiki/Revive_your_arm9_box_from_scratch#Troubleshooting

Linkstations and similar Linux based NAS devices make fantastic home servers - mine draws ~13W under load providing daap, DHCP, NTP, apache, NFS, samba and AFS. Beats the hell out of an always on home Intel server.