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This is the situation. There are 3 machines in the office. The Operating systems on them are respectively,

  1. Linux mint
  2. Ubuntu 12.04
  3. Windows Vista

The Ubuntu (#2) machine is supposed to be the common file server between the machines #1 and #3.

Machine #2 has two hard disks. One is a 500 GB NTFS empty drive and the other is a 160 GB ext4 drive. My plan is to make the 500 GB as the file sharing disk.

When I share a folder like ~/Documents using Nautilus context menu on machine #2, I can access the files easily on both #1 and #3, but when I try to share some folder on 500 GB disk, I get an error on machine #1 that says

Failed to mount windows share

I do not mind formatting the drive to ext4 if needed, but I am sure that something simple is wrong.


I took @Marty's comment as a hint and used ntfs-config to configure automount of that partition. It is working now. Thanks

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How are you mounting the 500GB drive? In other words, are you mounting it in /etc/fstab, or relying on automatic mounting in /media? –  Marty Fried Jun 14 '12 at 4:50
The ubuntu machine is always on. I just mount it using Nautilus. Click on the side pane. –  shortfellow Jun 14 '12 at 4:57
Hey. I just took your comment as a hint and used ntfs-config to configure automount of that partition. It is working now. Thanks. –  shortfellow Jun 14 '12 at 5:19
Glad I was able to help you help yourself - that's the best way, IMO. :) –  Marty Fried Jun 14 '12 at 15:48
@shortfellow please add this an answer and mark it as the accepted answer if it solves your problem. Thanks! –  lazyPower Jan 20 at 19:32

2 Answers 2

What you want to do is add a "force user" line to that share definition so that the remote user appears to be you

comment =
path = /media/some-name
read only = No
force user = your-user-name
guest ok = yes

Try this.

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up vote 0 down vote accepted

I ended up using ntfs-config. The automount feature on it solved my problem.

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