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GoFlex Home Battery Replacement

Posted by fishga 
GoFlex Home Battery Replacement
December 17, 2018 09:30AM
I have a GoFlex Home with a dead battery and have the problem where the real-time clock doesn't keep time following a power cycle. Seagate has been no help at all. For as long as I decide to keep the unit, it would be nice to have a clock that can survive a power cycle. Does anyone have instructions on how to get to the battery? It doesn't seem to be intuitively obvious. There are instructions on replacing the hard drive and unfortunately I have had to do that twice.

Thanks!!
Re: GoFlex Home Battery Replacement
December 17, 2018 06:38PM
fishga Wrote:
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> I have a GoFlex Home with a dead battery and have
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On both my Seagate GoFLEX Home units, I don't see they have any battery at all. So, what kind of a Seagate GoFLEX Home do you have that comes with a battery?
Re: GoFlex Home Battery Replacement
December 17, 2018 07:41PM
The Goflex Home has a battery.

Open the case is quite simple. Remove the small rubber feet (I am descrbing from memory, cant recall if there are screws hidden behind the rubber feet). The base stays fixed to the board. The walls and top form the plastic case. Use a thin plastic tool such as guitar pick or old credit card to pry the case from the base.

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Re: GoFlex Home Battery Replacement
December 18, 2018 12:41AM
Here are some photos

Free Agent GoFlex Home Internal PCB Photos / Teardown

I thing the blue cylindric block at the lower right of the pcb is the battery ... perhaps a small lithium accu ...

[img]https://wiki.beyondlogic.org/images/1/10/Goflexhome_pcb_top.png[/img]
Martin from Dortmund
Re: GoFlex Home Battery Replacement
December 18, 2018 01:08AM
It seems, as if it is one or two stacked AG13 Cells with SMD soldering tags... strange: Variants with soldering tag are not common...
Re: GoFlex Home Battery Replacement
December 18, 2018 05:12AM
Thanks so much! I did peel off one of the feet but the adhesive stayed down and I was afraid to scrape it off to expose the screw head without being absolutely sure there was a screw underneath. I'll try harder this time. Seagate tech support was basically useless but they did tell me the battery was a CR2032. Here's hoping I don't have to order a special one with a solder tab.
Re: GoFlex Home Battery Replacement
December 18, 2018 06:05AM
Martin from Dortmund Wrote:
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> Here are some photos
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> Free Agent GoFlex Home Internal PCB Photos / Teardown
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Thank you for the above snapshot. These days, CR2032 Li-ION batteries are pretty inexpensive.You can get them from eBay and/or AliExpress under US $1 / (5pcs).
Re: GoFlex Home Battery Replacement
December 18, 2018 06:07AM
bodhi Wrote:
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> The Goflex Home has a battery.
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Yes and OP posted the snapshot of the board that clearly shows the battery.

> Open the case is quite simple. Remove the small rubber feet (I am descrbing from memory, cant recall if there are screws hidden behind the rubber feet). The base stays fixed to the board. The walls and top form the plastic case. Use a thin plastic tool such as guitar pick or old credit card to pry the case from the base.
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Last time when I tried to open up one of my Seagate GoFLEX Home units, the ON/OFF plastic cap just popped up.
Re: GoFlex Home Battery Replacement
December 18, 2018 11:00AM
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seagate tech support was basically useless but they did tell me the battery was a CR2032

Either there are different variants (hardware revisions) of GoFlex Home out there, or seagate tech support gives you a wrong information.
The battery on the photo is no CR2032 ...

The battery is located in the base housing and not in the housing carrying the hard disk...
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