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I installed samba and set this configuration below.

Samba configuration file

By default, I have a "Public" folder that is shared with windows and I can access it from windows with out any problem.

Public Folder

I shared this hard drive "/media/user_name/Data" via Folder Sharing as you can see below.

Share Settings

Unfortunately, I was not able to access this folder via windows, meanwhile I can access the "Public" folder as I mentioned earlier.

I tried the change the access permissions of the "Data" folder. I used the following command.

sudo chmod -R 0777 /media/abdelkrim/Data

This is the message that I get on windows when I try to access it.

Windows error message

I really appreciate your help to solve this issue and make the folder accessible by windows.

Thanks in advance.

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The problem isn't the permissions on Data it's the fact that the system sets up an access control on /media/abdelkrim such that only that user can get to Data.

You have two options:

[1] Move the mount point up a level so that it mounts to /media/Data then share that.

[2] Or edit /etc/samba/smb.conf and add a line under workgroup = WORKGROUP :

force user = abdelkrim

Then restart smbd: sudo service smbd restart

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  • Thanks a lot. I used the second solution, It worked like a charm. – Abdelkrim Ibrahim Sep 1 '19 at 17:08

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