I'm trying to get my backup files in a shared folder in my Win7 desktop back to my laptop running Lubuntu 15.04.

The two pc's are connected directly via Ethernet, now I need to access the shared folder but I can't figure out how. I've read a dozen tutorials but no one works. Thanks for any help!

EDIT: This is the window that opens after clicking on Go > Connect to server: ...I need 10 rep to post it here, please see https://imgur.com/sGknYFA

  • Following these instructions I was able to access the shared folder over wi-fi, but I need the Ethernet's speed to transfer the bulk of the backup. Running the same sudo mount.cifs //WINDOWS-PC/... command over the Ethernet I get mount error: could not resolve address for WINDOWS-PC: Unknown error. Changing WINDOWS-PC with the IP adress I get asked for the shared folder password and then it says mount error(101): Network is unreachable. – Arch Stanton Aug 11 '15 at 10:11

First you have to configure IP address for both Ubuntu and Windows 7. (http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/19249/how-to-assign-a-static-ip-address-in-xp-vista-or-windows-7/). Also change Ubuntu IP address (How to set static IP address?)

Windows 7 IP Configurations

IP Address :
Subnet Mask :
Default gateway :

Ubuntu IP Configurations

IP Address :
Subnet Mask :
Default gateway :

You can use some other IP addresses. For example I used above ones. Then share the folder from Windows (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/share-files-with-someone#1TC=windows-7)

Then go to Nautilus in Ubuntu. Click on Connect to Server on left pane. Type smb:// Click connect. Then enter username and password. All the shares will appear. Copy and paste them on your Ubuntu computer using Nautilus. If you are using Dolphin please refere - http://doc.opensuse.org/documentation/html/openSUSE_113/opensuse-kdeuser/cha.network.html#sec.network.ad.data

Click on add network folder.

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Select Microsoft Windows Network drive.

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Provide windows computer ip. Click Save & Connect

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Provide the password for windows computer. (with domain name) If you dont have domain name just provide normal username and password. If it doesn't work try WORKGROUP\<username> enter image description here

If you are using PacMANFM, in address bar type smb://

  • I'm on Lubuntu so I'm using PCManFM. I went to Go > Connect to server. Now it asks for type, host, port, path and login. What do I need to do? Sorry, I'm a complete newbie to Linux. – Arch Stanton Aug 11 '15 at 10:38
  • can you post a screenshot? – dedunumax Aug 11 '15 at 11:11
  • I'm sorry my fault. I thought you have nautilus. doc.opensuse.org/documentation/html/openSUSE_113/… might help you – dedunumax Aug 11 '15 at 11:18
  • I've added a link to the screenshot in the question. – Arch Stanton Aug 12 '15 at 7:36
  • I updated answer for dolpin – dedunumax Aug 12 '15 at 8:08

Try NitroShare ! Which will support Ubuntu as well as Windows

To Install:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:george-edison55/nitroshare-dev
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nitroshare

For details click here

  • I'd prefer to use a more native way, but if nothing else works I'll give it a shot. Thanks :-) – Arch Stanton Aug 11 '15 at 10:32
  • @ArchStanton: and if it works, don't forget to click the grey at the left of this text, which means Yes, this answer is valid! ;-) – Fabby Aug 13 '15 at 1:39

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