How to potentially recover from a bricked SeaGate GoFlex Home using a PL2303 or similiar serial adapter and PuTTY
Published Date:
23rd February 2016

Hey guys this is a bit of a unusual post compared to usual, Recently i accidentally broke my Seagate Go Flex Home while i was installing ArchLinuxARM, After much research i found out a way to fix it using a "Serial Connection". So here is how to recover a Seagate GoFlex Home via serial.

Seagate GoFlex Home Recovery Requirements

You will need a PL2303 or equivalent cable for the serial connection, A nokia CA-42 or a DKU-5 will work, Cut the end off leaving just the USB connector and the wires. Make sure to install all drivers prior to following the guide below.

Prior to following the guide below you will need to work out which wire is which, To do this you will need to set up a  Serial PuTTY connection (Speed = 115200, Data Bits = 8, Stop Bits = 1, Parity = None and Flow Control = None) Then connect 2 of the wires together and type stuff on the console window, If the same thing outputs then you have found TX and RX else one of them is ground and you will need to try the other wires. You will need to use trial and error on the actual go flex unit to identify which of the 2 remaining wires is TX and which is RX.

Recovering the Seagate GoFlex Home

  1. Firstly you will have to take apart the base of your unit, To do this you need to peel off the rubber feet, and remove the 2 screws. Then pry the case off.
  2. You then need to solder 3 wires to the PCB of the unit.
  3. The order to solder them is GND,TX,RX from left to right as shown below
  4. You should have already worked out which wire is GND and that leaves you with 2 wires (RX and TX) you will need to guess which is which or use a multimeter. If your lucky you will get it first time.
  5. So now you should have a working serial connection and the Go Flex home output showing on the console window (once device is turned on) if not then check drivers and solder points for breaks.
  6. OK now for the software side of things, You will need to download this file (This is for Go Flex HOME and may or may not work on the Go Flex Net, Net users will have to find the .kwb file elsewhere.) and extract it to a folder.
  7. Next you will need to get the IP of your computer which will be running the TFTP Server (PumpKIN) (if you don't know how then google it)
  8. Now we enter some commands in the unit (if you didn't interupt boot then reboot the system and interupt the boot. (Replace the IP's with IP's appropiate for you)
    setenv ipaddr # Has to be in your ip range
    setenv serverip # IP address of your TFTP server (This computer)
  9. Now that we have the TFTP setup, We need to run the previously extracted PumpKIN.exe
    With both the .KWB and PumpKIN.exe in the same folder will now type the following in to the serial console window.
    tftpboot 0x800000 goflexhome.kwb
  10. PumpKIN should pop up asking whether you want to grant access or not, Make sure to grant access.
    Make sure the output says "Bytes transferred = 524288 (80000 hex)" then type
    nand erase 0x0 0x80000
  11. Make sure the output contains "OK" then
    nand write.e 0x800000 0x0 0x80000
  12. Make sure the output contains "524288 bytes written: OK" then
  13. The goflex home should reboot and be back on stock firmware, If it still isn't working then you can try the restore steps by Seagate. Or feel free to comment below and i will try my best to help.
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