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Inaccessible Seagate GoFlex Home

Posted by balanga 
Inaccessible Seagate GoFlex Home
March 11, 2020 05:54AM
Not been here for some time, but it's nice to see that the site is still active and bodhi is still sharing his great knowledge...

I'm trying to recover a Seagate GoFlex Home unit which I messed up some time ago. The problem was that I mixed up two units, one which accesible by a serial cable and one which wasn't, and I made a mistake with my envars and now it doesn't boot and I don't know of any way of accessing it.

Yesterday I did discover that the system would boot with a Debian USB stick inserted.... Without the stick it would go though a boot cycle with the Green LED flashing for 13 secs before switching off for 3 secs before resuming the cycle. With the Debian USB stick the Green LED flashes for 21 secs before changing to a steady Orange for 11 secs before changing to a steady Green where it stays. My DHCP server does not seem to assign an IP address so I am unable to access it, although the LEDs on the NIC are constantly flashing. To me, it looks as though the system has actually booted, and i was wondering if there was anything I could do with the Debian installation to add a start up routine which would output some msg to a flle which I could examine on another device. I'm not familiar with Debian and don't how uBoot invokes Debian and whether I can run a script to assign a static IP address which I could subsequently ping.

Any guidance would be appreciated.
Re: Inaccessible Seagate GoFlex Home
March 11, 2020 06:17PM
balanga,

> Yesterday I did discover that the system would
> boot with a Debian USB stick inserted.... Without
> the stick it would go though a boot cycle with the
> Green LED flashing for 13 secs before switching
> off for 3 secs before resuming the cycle. With the
> Debian USB stick the Green LED flashes for 21 secs
> before changing to a steady Orange for 11 secs
> before changing to a steady Green where it stays.

Yes, the kernel has booted. Now, we cannot be sure the rootfs was running successfully or not. There might be errors on the file system.

> My DHCP server does not seem to assign an IP
> address so I am unable to access it, although the
> LEDs on the NIC are constantly flashing. To me, it
> looks as though the system has actually booted,
> and i was wondering if there was anything I could
> do with the Debian installation

Add static IP to see if you can log in. Bring the Debian USB stick to another Linux or BSD box. Do a fsck to see if there is any error on this rootfs.

And mount it. Assuming it is mounted at /media/sdb1.

Edit /media/sdb1/etc/network/interfaces file to use static IP. Example of my network (192.168.0.1 is my router, 192.168.0.224 is my GoFlex Home).

/media/sdb1/etc/network/interfaces
auto lo eth0
iface lo inet loopback
#iface eth0 inet dhcp
iface eth0 inet static
        address 192.168.0.224
        netmask 255.255.255.0
        gateway 192.168.0.1

-bodhi
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Re: Inaccessible Seagate GoFlex Home
March 12, 2020 08:50AM
Many thanks, bodhi, I have it working now, to my great relief.

Just wondering... if I want to use the unit with a 3.5 in disk, do I just copy all the files from the USB stick to the disk and maybe change labels and somesuch, or should I continue to boot from the USB stick and add a mount point in /etc/fstab for the hard disk?
Re: Inaccessible Seagate GoFlex Home
March 12, 2020 04:45PM
balanga,

> Just wondering... if I want to use the unit with a
> 3.5 in disk, do I just copy all the files from the
> USB stick to the disk and maybe change labels and
> somesuch, or should I continue to boot from the
> USB stick and add a mount point in /etc/fstab for
> the hard disk?

Using the hardisk for rootfs is always better if you dedicate it to the GFHome and has no plan to unplug it.

OTOH, if you want a flexibility of using HDD for data only and being able to remove it at will, then keep booting with USB, and create a swap file on HDD.

-bodhi
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