I'm new to Linux and Ubuntu and come from a Windows background.

I need to copy gigabytes of files from a Drobo network share to a new secondary drive in the Ubuntu box. I have created a folder inside the media folder called data01 and mounted the new drive to it. I have can see the Drobo network share in the network section if I just use File Manager from the side bar.

If I try to copy the files from the Drobo using Nautilus opened from the side bar I get permission or operation errors. If I try using Nautilus (with sudo prefix via terminal) then I can't see the Drobo.

Is there an equivalent process in Ubuntu which mirrors opening two "Windows Explorer" windows side by side and dragging and dropping to copy the folders and files in Windows to copy them? One which will not keep giving me loads of permission errors?

Thank you.

  • Why do you limit yourself with all these restrictions? What you do should be done with a terminal by setting the correct permissions by the admin and a copy command to copy the data. This is what the terminal is intended for. Use Linux where it is strong in ;) – Rinzwind Mar 27 '15 at 9:07
  • @Rinzwind: There's nothing wrong with using Nautilus to copy data. But of course you need write permissions on the target – Florian Diesch Mar 27 '15 at 9:34
  • @Deb: What file system (FAT, NTFS, ext4, ...) do you have on the target drive? – Florian Diesch Mar 27 '15 at 9:35
  • @FlorianDiesch there is if the answer is "use sudo nautilus". – Rinzwind Mar 27 '15 at 10:02
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    @Dib Here we disagree. Command line is not "antiquated"; it is a feature. And the best one ever invented. You need to discern 2 roles: admin and user. admin tasks works best on command line. user tasks on a gui. But for the user to be able to copy "anywhere" (mind the quotes) the admin needs to setup the system accordingly. – Rinzwind Mar 27 '15 at 10:41

If you type ALT+F2 and enter gksudo nautilus in the box that appears, you get a GUI file manager running as root. The ALT+F2 brings up a box allowing you to ask for any command directly, without a terminal - very useful at times. I mostly use it when I want kill

This nautilus will allow you do the job - but be careful not do do anything else in it as all the normal checks are off! Close it when done. You can open a second window to simplify your copy job.

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    Please don't run GUI applications with sudo, for which it is unfit. Use gksudo instead to avoid various issues. – David Foerster Mar 27 '15 at 11:29
  • Gksudo has been removed as standard and pkexec is coming in; however pkexec isn't complete (and doesn't work for this command) so I avoided it for now. – Mark Williams Mar 27 '15 at 12:40
  • @MarkWilliams - So this looks like it will work and using this technique I an open two windows next to each other. The problem I have now is my network is unbrowsable. If I however right click on Files in the side bar and choose to open a new window I can see my network assets, but I am back to having no permissions. Is there a way to open Nautilus with ALT + F2 and gksudo and still have access to my network? – Dib Mar 28 '15 at 9:30
  • I notice in the NETWORK area of Files my drobo has an address in the format of afp://myDroboUsername@MyDroboName.local/MyFoldername/ However if I copy this into the filemanager running as ROOT it throws a wobbler as seems to try to resolve this relative to /home.. I need to get access outside of home and back to my network. Any thoughts? – Dib Mar 28 '15 at 9:39
  • Hold the fort! I don't know how I have managed it, but now using a combination of your suggestion here and some other forum suggestions including renaming and creating a new /local folder in the /usr folder I now appear to have permission to copy folders and files from my network location to my second drive. I'm sorry but I cant describe what I did for others as it was a one or more than one thing of a number of things. Anyway thank you all for your help. I will mark this as answer as it got me on the right track! – Dib Mar 28 '15 at 10:05

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