Teardown of Seagate Wireless Drive 2015-1AYBA5

The team is always curious in what Seagate announced in every CES. This year in CES 2015, was no exception and Seagate did bring up it’s latest Wireless Drive designed to help users store their favourite media such as Photos and Videos and sharing it to multiple devices such as the iPad or an Android tablet.

The new product bares the model 1AYBA5 which signifies the 5th generation of Wireless Drive that Seagate has in it’s Wireless Drive family.

1AYBA1 = Seagate GoFlex Satellite – 500GB, USM Adapter, USB3 or FW800 or Thunderbolt or eSata

1AYBA2 = Seagate Wireless Plus – 1TB, USM Adapter, USB3 or FW800 or Thunderbolt or eSata

1AYBA3 = Lacie Fuel – 1TB or 2TB, USB3 only

1AYBA4 = Seagate Wireless Plus – 500GB or 1TB or 2TB, USB3 only

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How to downgrade Lacie Fuel Firmware to 3.4.0.100 or Seagate Wireless Plus to 4.4.0.100

Users have reported that the firmware upgrade from 4.4.1.012 on the Seagate Wireless Plus (USB Only) or 3.4.1.012 on the Lacie Fuel is one way. Many have tried to revert back but to no avail.

At HackSeagateSatellite.com, the team is committed in making things work.

 

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Full Drive Encryption on Fuel / Wireless Plus

We have posted a video on how to enable Full Drive Encryption (FDE) on Lacie’s Fuel as well as Seagate Wireless Plus.

This is an advanced feature and should not be attempted by beginners.

If you enable FDE on the standard shipping drives, a drive forensics vendor will still be able to recover data from it.
If you swap out your shipping drive with an FDE enabled drive/SSD, even a drive forensics will not be able to recover data from it.

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How to tell which Wireless Plus Model you have

Many users have asked how do I tell which Wireless Drive they have purchased.

The availability of the newer drives varies from countries to countries.

The 1st generation of Wireless Plus were announced after GoFlex Satellite as a replacement which comes with only 1TB capacity. It comes standard with USB 3 in USM Connector which allows the flexibility for the users to purchase or use the GoFlex series of connectors such as FireWire 800 , eSata and ThunderBolt. Model is 1AYBA2

The 2nd generation of Wireless Plus were quietly replaced by Seagate in some countries with capacities of 500GB, 1TB and 2TB. They only come with USB3 connectivity. Model is 1AYBA4

Here’s how you can tell the difference on what you have.

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How to use XBMC to access your Wireless Drive

Many have asked how to do it. XBMC has a great interface and usability that many are used to before all these media players came about to the industry.

The screenshots taken are off a Mac running XBMC client (13.0) and we connect the Mac and the Wireless Drive to the same network via WiFI.

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Teardown of the new Lacie Fuel

Lacie recently announced at CES 2014, a new wireless drive. Since Lacie is now part of seagate, we thought it is just a Wireless Plus in a new case. Furthermore, they use the same iOS app which makes our suspicion even greater.

Here’s the teardown video of it. The team is working hard to get our mod firmware onto this new hardware. Yes. New hardware. It behaves similar to the wireless plus but our tests have shown that its slightly different and it’s better…. More features to come…

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Backing up your entire Camera Roll to the Wireless Drive

With awesome camera on the iPhone 5S and many smart phones, we tend to take a lot of photos.  Apple has iCloud which is wonderful but your phone must be connected via WiFi to the internet before the photos can be streamed up to your iCloud Account for Photo Stream.

A simple way to utilise your mod GoFlex Satellite, Wireless Plus or the Lacie Fuel*, is to turn on the FTP service on these devices. Since your smartphone will automatically connect to it, all you need to do is to launch an app to automatically transfer all files from the Camera Roll to a destination folder.

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More about GoFlex Satellite Battery

Some users have asked about replacing the GoFlex Satellite’s battery since by now, since product introduction, the battery should not be able to hold charge anymore and seagate will tell you that it is not meant to last forever.

We all know batteries don’t last forever but finding an exact replacement can be challenging since this is not something that was designed to be user replaceable.

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Files required in order for our mod to work

There are many users who have accidentally deleted some files from their HDD and they claim that our interface is not working anymore.

Please have a look at the directory structure for our mod. Do not remove these files from the HDD. It is there for a reason.

V4 Directory Structure

V4 Directory Structure

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Version 4 of our firmware for Wireless Plus-Sneak Peak

It’s been a while since we last posted any updates as the team is hard at work coding the new Version 4 for the Wireless Plus.

Here are some screenshots for your sneak peak.
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