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Introduction

This is a great little external drive, but I have been having difficulty in getting a connection through the USB cable. I thought it might be the cable but wanted to take a look inside, and being a curious too I guess; wanted to see what was under the hood in this thing.

I have to say, this was an easy job to begin with (they all are right), taking the Buffalo MiniStation apart is not that difficult a task but getting it back together was a lessons learned, hopefully this guide will prevent you from making a similar mistake.

  1. Run one of the heavy duty spudger's between the plastic top and the aluminium case. Begin from the USB connector end and slide to one of the sides; leave this in place. There are no clips (in mine anyway) holding that case to the base, it's just a double sided sponge sticker.
    • Run one of the heavy duty spudger's between the plastic top and the aluminium case. Begin from the USB connector end and slide to one of the sides; leave this in place.

    • There are no clips (in mine anyway) holding that case to the base, it's just a double sided sponge sticker.

  2. Granted it takes some force, but if you can get at least the left and the right side to pull away equally it will eventually give and come loose. The result is a plastic case, housing the hard drive and electronics but thats easy to disassemble one you have removed the outer aluminum cover, as thats all it is. There is no other connection, even the holes for connectivity are just flush, they play no part in holding in the hard drive chassis. In fact, if you like you can push the rubber feet through the aluminum case, as thats also part of the inner assembly. Just remember not to squeeze the aluminum case too tightly or malformed it as this in effect will just grip the internals even more making it even more difficult to remove.
    • Granted it takes some force, but if you can get at least the left and the right side to pull away equally it will eventually give and come loose.

    • The result is a plastic case, housing the hard drive and electronics but thats easy to disassemble one you have removed the outer aluminum cover, as thats all it is. There is no other connection, even the holes for connectivity are just flush, they play no part in holding in the hard drive chassis.

    • In fact, if you like you can push the rubber feet through the aluminum case, as thats also part of the inner assembly. Just remember not to squeeze the aluminum case too tightly or malformed it as this in effect will just grip the internals even more making it even more difficult to remove.

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  4. Once the outer aluminium case it away your left with 4 small philips screws holding the actual drive in place, twi either side. Take a small philips screw driver and remove these four screws.
    • Once the outer aluminium case it away your left with 4 small philips screws holding the actual drive in place, twi either side.

    • Take a small philips screw driver and remove these four screws.

  5. Here comes the fiddly bit and if you ask me; overkill engineering. In total, there are 12 plastic clips retaining a cage holding the hard drive in place. 4 on the long sides and 2 on the short. Using a spudger, run the plastic in from the connectivity side.
    • Here comes the fiddly bit and if you ask me; overkill engineering.

    • In total, there are 12 plastic clips retaining a cage holding the hard drive in place. 4 on the long sides and 2 on the short. Using a spudger, run the plastic in from the connectivity side.

    • These clips are remarkably bendy, but they will break, mine did. The point to remember is if they do, it's honestly no hardship as the screws are really the guys that keep the drive in place anyway.

    • Once the assembly comes away from the white plastic top there is a black plastic piece that separates too. You are left with a thin steel enclosure protecting both the drive and logic board electronics.

  6. IF you fold back the steel enclosure you reveal the logic board attached to the hard drive by two small philips screws.
    • IF you fold back the steel enclosure you reveal the logic board attached to the hard drive by two small philips screws.

    • Thats it, your at the logic board. Reassembly is the reverse of these instructions.

    • A key point and lesson learnt for me here. When placing the enclosure back inside the white plastic case, start with the steel enclosure but leave off the black plastic retainer until the drive is nested in the white case with the connectivity ports realigned. If not and you try to place it back as it came out, the retainer will crease the steel.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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I followed this guide but to prevent the breaking of the white plastic clips in step 4, I carefully slid pieces of cardboard, which I had cut up from a shop rewards card. After fitting the cardboard slips I was able to prise out the hard drive from the plastic case without breaking any.

Philip Lambe - Réponse

Can hold 15mm 2.5" hdd?

Javier Vidal Moreno - Réponse

Yes, there is room due to the excellent anti shock gap/space and foam.

Pay attention though, a larger tighter fit will reduce shock mitigation. There would be less space to take up room for movement when dropped.

spaceshipdev -

do you need to modify anything to fit in a 15mm drive please?

Alan Cai - Réponse

15mm height would not fit, no.

spaceshipdev -

can it take any 2.5” SSD?

Wlad - Réponse

2.5 inch width yes; as long as the SSD interface is the same of course and the height does not exceed say 5mm.

spaceshipdev -

Really handy instructions. I’m looking to put a 7200rpm drive in there. I don’t think it’s currently fast enough for audio production. Do you think that would be OK?

Graham Prior - Réponse

This really depends on what software you are using but a 7200rpm drive should be fine. Something like 4K video might be an issue, but you should totally be fine with audio.

spaceshipdev -

Hi Graham, how did you get on? I’ve got one of these but the USB is shot, with a magnifying glass i can see the circuit board has been damaged behind the usb socket. Probably from plugging in/out (of other non Thunderbolt Mac) and also having to connected when closing my dj flight case with everything else crammed in! The thunderbolt connection on the board is way more solid than the USB, so what out people…Anyway, thunderbolt connection is fine and its just being used at home now in the studio with that but annoying that it does not have two thunderbolt connections as my audio interface is thunderbolt. So its just a back up drive now. As far as audio production goes, you are better off putting the fastest drives you can get actually inside your computer.

Phil Sandford -

Here’s the rest as it was too long!———I tested this in my late 2011 MacbookPro, moving files between a system SSD and second 5400HD in CD bay was loads faster than SSD over thunderbolt to Buffalo minisation. Incidentally i’ve not bothered fixing the drive back properly in the case as it just sits inside it, behind my display for easy access if I want to use this thunderbolt sata connection on another hard drive, very handy. Although it doesn’t work on 3.5 inch drives unfortunately. It took days to move 3 TB of files about over ethernet to my NAS and I cant afford any new computer or other gear so think my best investment now would be like a couple of 8TB 7200 rpm 2.5 inch drive one inside this thing, and the other upgrade for the one in the CD bay. Just under £300 for 2 of these in the UK.

Phil Sandford -

Did you figure out what was wrong with it? Mine stopped communicating with my iMac. Would love to learn how to fix it, if possible.

Merunda Alonder - Réponse

Actually, if I recall correctly. I think one of the ports stopped working. I recommend trying both before giving up on this one. Sometimes you might find that although it might not work with one cable type, it might work with the other. Try both USB and Thunderbolt. Hope this helps.

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