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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2016 11:52 pm 
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Forgive me, I'm sure this question has been asked and answered many times, but I could not find it in the stickies or in any of the threads I pawed through.

After a decade the HDD in my LS-500gl finally crumbled; the first indicator was the LS would not boot. By cabling the HDD directly to a Linux box, copying the data with dd to a good drive, and using xfs_repair I was able to preserve most of my user data. However, I'm quite certain the boot and system partitions are also toast.

My understanding is that LSUpdater will be of no use without a booting system. Is there a way to create the needed partitions from the image files in the firmware .zip? Alternatively, is there a tarball of a bootable system someplace that I can use as a starting point? I've got a spare 500gb drive that I can use (it's a smaller form factor but I drilled the mounting plate and mounted it up).



PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 12:24 am 

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You need only 10MB from /dev/sda1

on Kirkwood the 2 files named
uImage.buffalo and initrd.buffalo
or the old names
$kernel and $initrd

mount the first partition as ext2 an read the directory

If this partition is ok, your linkstation will start in EM- Mode and you can flash the Firmware

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