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Bonus: Buffalo Terastation hacking


Just a bonus hack in honor of my new toy: a 1GB 1TB buffalo Terastation NAS. These puppies run embedded Linux, and have a decent user base. Mine came with 128MB of ram, four Samsung drives (each with their own IDE bus), RAID support, gigabit ethernet, USB 2.0 and a Motorola Sandpoint cpu. (Putting it on par with my old Powermac 8500) The wiki has instructions for all the the basic hacks. Installing some hacked firmware was pretty easy, and yielded telnet and root access. It has a serial port for UPS control, but there’s a nice clean hack for enabling serial console access instead.

Comments

  1. andy says:

    I hope you meant to say that it’s a 1Tbyte nas. If you need 1Gbyte that bad, I’ll give you a free thumb drive. ;P

  2. billybob says:

    megabyte, gigabyte, terabyte, kilobyte, heck it’s all the same. (not) Don’t mention confusing network line speed. kilobits/sec megabits/sec etc…

  3. I’d be interested in a program for a computer that allowed it to do this type of thing.

  4. int8088 says:

    master try http://www.freenas.org/ bsd based file server

  5. orvtech says:

    Dude, thats a +$600 toy, i will stick with my nslu2 ($79) and my external USB HDD ($80)

  6. xFred says:

    The terra stations suck….if you really want a piece of hardware, look into the linkstation pro. It’s made by the same company, but quicker – and sata.

    Also, look at the kuro box. New Kuro Box PRO is coming soon!

    http://www.linkstationwiki.net
    http://www.kurobox.com

    With the linkstation pro, you also get a serial port. WITHOUT REMOVING THE CASE! The newer units are looking sweet.
    Forget the terrastation – too slow. If you want a 1TB NAS, get a PC w/ hardware RAID card. Otherwise, this thing can barely break 10mb/s reads/writes.

  7. Dano says:

    Although the terastation may “suck” when considering it for business purposes I think it’s a decent package for general storage. Good place to store online backups, mp3’s, movies, etc. Of course many of us could throw one together for about the same price, but if you don’t have the parts sitting around a simple plug and play device can be nice… As long as you can hack some extra features!

  8. Michael says:

    But the thing is that it may likes the other peoples too. Any guess why??

  9. orvtech says:

    @ michael,

    sure, ‘dano’ said it before “…a simple plug and play device…”

    the end user or the regular user would not know where to begin or how to build and setup a box with 1TB of capacity (plus raid, nfs, ftp, quotas, etc…).

  10. KC says:

    Cheaper than setting up another blade cluster…..
    I’LL TAKE 5!

    They’ll get my vote when they speed up those read/write times. Why would you put gigabit ethernet on it when it can’t even hit 100Mb?

  11. srod says:

    nice

  12. dakota says:

    What’s the computer in the picture?
    (I have one that looks like it. Mine’s a Gateway Select 1200CS with an AMD Athlon, 128 MB of RAM, and it’s running XP Pro.)

  13. Doug says:

    I setup a terstation pro (2TB version) to use for nightly backups of a couple file servers in my lab. It is really designed for Windows only without the hacked firmware. The samba server on it is set up to be case-insencitive, but case-preserving. Installing the hacked firmware from http://terastation.org/wiki/TeraStationPro and using it as an NFS server fixed this.

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