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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
>
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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Martin from Dortmund
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
>
> Free Agent GoFlex Home Internal PCB Photos / Teardown
>
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.
>
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.
>
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...
Re: GoFlex Home Battery Replacement
January 31, 2019 09:13PM
The battery is AG13. It is easy to read from internet pictures. We do not know if there is one or two AG13s. AG13 is 1.5v. GUESS we need 2 . If it is 2, then it can be replaced by one CR2032. We just need some space and wires for the huge CR2032.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/31/2019 09:17PM by daviddyer.
Re: GoFlex Home Battery Replacement
January 31, 2019 09:15PM
I will open mine later if I have time.
Re: GoFlex Home Battery Replacement
February 01, 2019 01:07AM
daviddyer Wrote:
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> it is 2, then it can be replaced by one CR2032. We
> just need some space and wires for the huge
> CR2032.

FWIW the CR2032 is frequently Dollar Tree items; two for a dollar. I only say that because of two tower computers I needed those almost exactly two years ago and one computer was unplugged the last year and still held the BIOS charge. At the time they were out at Wal Mart and all I could find were Sunbeam at the dollar store. Lithium is Lithium though, is the moral of the story.

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Re: GoFlex Home Battery Replacement
February 01, 2019 06:05AM
Yes and Dollar Tree is not bad, especially if you need the item right the way at a much affordable price (US $1).

If you can waste for some shipping time (2+ weeks), AliExpress and/or Chinese sellers on eBay may have the same item at a much lower price than Dollar Tree. For instance, I recently bought a strip of 5x CR2032 from AliExpress US 68ยข.
Re: GoFlex Home Battery Replacement
February 01, 2019 06:17AM
To be frank, some of the batteries from overseas are just trash.... Waste time / money / effort...

I ordered 5 cr1616 for my car key, none of them worked. Later got a good one from frys at about $2.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/01/2019 06:19AM by daviddyer.
Re: GoFlex Home Battery Replacement
February 01, 2019 02:53PM
daviddyer Wrote:
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> To be frank, some of the batteries from overseas
> are just trash.... Waste time / money / effort...
>
> I ordered 5 cr1616 for my car key, none of them
> worked. Later got a good one from frys at about
> $2.

+1

I would just buy a ~$2 battery like David did. Buy good brand like Duracell, Energizer,... and not to have to worry again.

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/01/2019 02:53PM by bodhi.
Re: GoFlex Home Battery Replacement
February 02, 2019 07:29AM
fishga Wrote:
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> 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!!

By the way, how about the copy speed of your goflex home? mine dropped to around 15mb/s recently, don't know why. Usually around 30mb/s in the pass.
Re: GoFlex Home Battery Replacement
February 03, 2019 06:47AM
asterix Wrote:
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> By the way, how about the copy speed of your goflex home? mine dropped to around 15mb/s recently, don't know why. Usually around 30mb/s in the pass.
>
15 mbps less than 2MBps. R U sure it is not 15 MBps?
Re: GoFlex Home Battery Replacement
February 03, 2019 11:50AM
So I finally got the bottom off. It really didn't want to come loose and a little plastic got cracked. I found an AG13 battery with solder tabs. I will tackle getting it out and getting a replacement soon. It is really an academic exercise at this point because I decided I can no longer trust my backups to this unit. Besides losing the date and time when I power cycled, it required a power cycle once a week to remember passwords. I spent a bit more money and got a Synology DS418 NAS with dual 4TB drives (in their form of RAID-1).
Re: GoFlex Home Battery Replacement
February 03, 2019 12:42PM
fishga

> it
> required a power cycle once a week to remember
> passwords.

Sounds like you are running stock OS?

-bodhi
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Re: GoFlex Home Battery Replacement
February 03, 2019 01:31PM
fishga Wrote:
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> So I finally got the bottom off. It really didn't
> want to come loose and a little plastic got
> cracked. I found an AG13 battery with solder
> tabs. I will tackle getting it out and getting a
> replacement soon. It is really an academic
> exercise at this point because I decided I can no
> longer trust my backups to this unit. Besides
> losing the date and time when I power cycled, it
> required a power cycle once a week to remember
> passwords. I spent a bit more money and got a
> Synology DS418 NAS with dual 4TB drives (in their
> form of RAID-1).

fishga thanks a lot for documenting what your eyes see in this - I had no idea it's so hard to find.
Just wondering how long the old battery worked for?

* and yes, my own skin crawled ever mentioning my own non-US batteries, but again it was only when Wal Mart was out of Energizer that I stopped at Dollar Tree.

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Re: GoFlex Home Battery Replacement
February 03, 2019 04:12PM
Duracell AA / AAA batteries are guaranteed to leak these years...
Re: GoFlex Home Battery Replacement
February 03, 2019 04:12PM
Yes I am running the stock OS. And this was a refurb unit that never really kept proper time. I suspect the battery was bad when I received it. I had no luck in finding any sort of replacement on eBay, either battery or holder with tabs in the right places. Another reason why I am done with Seagate. Selling a unit like this that is impossible to repair is beyond belief! To say nothing of my less than satisfactory experience with Seagate support.
Re: GoFlex Home Battery Replacement
February 03, 2019 04:15PM
Bodhi's kirkwood uboot has snpt, so no worries... software solved the battery problem...


https://forum.doozan.com/read.php?3,16003
Re: GoFlex Home Battery Replacement
February 03, 2019 08:08PM
daviddyer Wrote:
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> Bodhi's kirkwood uboot has snpt, so no worries...
> software solved the battery problem...
>
>
> https://forum.doozan.com/read.php?3,16003

Thanks David! I've forgot all about this instruction! it is indeed a good way to get around the battery problem. A little bit better than Debian ntp because the RTC is set earlier.

I've just modified it to make clear that the RTC is set automatically by u-boot using this approach.

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/03/2019 08:11PM by bodhi.
Re: GoFlex Home Battery Replacement
February 04, 2019 07:14PM
Maybe we should put this in the uboot env img... Dockstar / pogoe02 /etc --- no RTC,
goflex home / net --- battery problem... this will help.
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