Teardown and Component Analysis

The Iomega EZ Media & Backup Center allows unofficial SSH access. Even without opening up the unit, we could determine that the unit was based on the Marvell Feroceon 88FR131 Kirkwood processor. There is 128 MB of DRAM on the board, and the OS is a customised version of Linux.

The unit is quite easy to take apart. We have a 2000 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200 rpm drive (ST2000DM001). A GbE and USB port make up the rear along with push buttons for the power and reset functions and the power adapter port.

On the motherboard, we have the following important components:

  • Marvell F62E1 Kirkwoord SoC (Dual core at 1.2 GHz)
  • Samsung K4B1G1646G DDR3 SDRAM (1Gbit - 128 MB, x16)
  • Marvell Alaska 88E1318 GbE PHY

The Iomega EZ unit has only half the DRAM of the comparable Western Digital My Book Live (128 MB vs. 256 MB). The Iomega EZ's CPU also seems weaker in terms of the BogoMIPS rating (1200 vs. 1600). That said, the Iomega EZ has some additional useful features such as an explicit power button and a USB 2.0 host port.

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  • eas - Thursday, November 29, 2012 - link

    I really doubt that box has a dual core CPU.

    I think people need to pay more attention to ZyXEL's Kirkwood based offerings. With 512MB or RAM, they have more RAM than most of the other single and dual drive Kirkwood NAS, they are also cheaper than most. The dual dbay nsa320 is typically $110 or so, and often on sale for $80-90. The firmware seems solid and full featured, plus it can have additional packages installed. I don't have a lot of real world experience with it because I only ran it for a few weeks before following through on my plan to install Debian Squeeze.
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  • jonte - Saturday, December 15, 2012 - link

    After my experience with a UltraMax and a failing drive which the mirrored raid system could not handle I must advice to avoid their technology and their support and warrant policy.

    http://arstechnica.com/civis/viewtopic.php?f=19&am...

    Be warned.
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  • bill in pa - Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - link

    I just read in my research of this unit from another web site,
    that you CANNOT plug the unit directly into the computer you must go through a router first?

    This does not sound right or make sense to me and I questioned it on that site but have not received any answer.

    Can you help on this point? I believe that it would connect directly
    into the computers USB drive, am I correct?

    bill in pa
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  • radiodave - Friday, April 05, 2013 - link

    That's correct. You need to hook it up to a router to access it. This thing has been a total disaster. RMA'd the first one as the hard drive chattered endlessly (very loud) and was only intermittently accessible. The second one is quiet, but still very hit and miss as far as availabilty on my network. It can't handle more than one task at a time. I'm looking to take mine apart and use the hard drive in a Synology DS212j, but I'm having trouble getting the Iomega case apart. Are there photos of what screws to remove? There are two on the back and one on the bottom, but the insides still won't slide out with them removed. Reply
  • DRB - Wednesday, June 05, 2013 - link

    Fyi! Looks like another screw below the black sticker on the bottom....but removal will probably void the warranty... Reply
  • Papakilo - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - link

    I have an EZ media 2TB Media and Backup Center bought in the US, not under warranty now.The 2 TB Seagate Barracuda HDD burnt out and I need to replace with a new drive.I understand that the OS was on the original HDD. I saw your review comment `it is very easy to disassemble and replace the hard disk, if necessary'. How can i install the OS on to the new HDDdo myself, any advise would be appreciated. Reply

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