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Ubuntu 12.04 File, Folder and Drive Sharing on a Network

How to Share a files/folders, or drives over a network on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
by: Revengksky Joseph D. Reyes (a.k.a rjdreyes – jcyberinux.com)

For Ubuntu Desktop Users especially with Unity GUI.

If you install an Ubuntu Debian OS, and so happen you have a NTFS file system or Window partition drives, and then you need to share it across the network within Windows users or Ubuntu users. This guide will definitely help you.

(Note: For this event you may need an internet connection, in case of need to install or download available updates on your Ubuntu OS.)

To get started, you need following tools to mount and share the folders or drives, Gparted, Storage Device Manager, NTFS Configuration Tool, and Samba.

(Note: For using sudo command or root permission, It will ask for an administration password, or your own account password, type it and press enter key.)

GPARTED
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS - Software Center

1. Click the Ubuntu Software Center Icon on the left side, then from there, search the keyword gparted then click Install. You probably need this to proper identify the exact drive you need to mount. To launch it, click the Ubuntu Logo (Dash Home) on the upper left side or press Window Key in the Keyboard then type Gparted then
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS - Dash Homeclick the Gparted Icon. A good tool to used and discover it’s functionality.

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS - Gparted

Ubuntu Terminal
If you are a familiar with Terminal, you can type: sudo apt-get install gparted.
Type sudo gparted to launch the application.

Click here to know more about Gparted and its usages.

NTFS CONFIGURATION TOOL
2. Next thing you need to do is to install NTFS Configuration Tool, again on the Ubuntu Software Center type the keyword ntfs configuration tool, then from the results, click Install. To launch it, click the Ubuntu Logo (Dash Home) on the upper left side or press Window Key in the Keyboard then type NTFS Configuration Tool then click the NTFS Configuration Tool Icon.

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS - NTFS Configuration

You can install it via terminal, type the command: sudo apt-get install ntfs-config

There are technical issues like after the installation, it might not work. Try to enter the following commands:
sudo mkdir /etc/hal
sudo mkdir /etc/hal/fdi
sudo mkdir /etc/hal/fdi/policy

Type sudo ntfs-config to launch the application.

NTFS Configuration Tool manages the disable/enable write support for certain NTFS disk drives.

Click here to know more about NTFS Configuration Tool and its usages.

STORAGE DEVICE MANAGER
3. To be able to mount the drive permanently and also automatically mounted at the boot time, you need to install Storage Device Manager. On Ubuntu Software Center, type the keyword storage device manager, then from the results, click Install. To launch it, click the Ubuntu Logo (Dash Home) on the upper left side or press Window Key in the Keyboard then type storage device manager then click the Storage Device Manager Icon.
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS - Storage Device Manager

You can install it via terminal, type the command: sudo apt-get install pysdm
Type sudo pysdm to launch the application.

Click here to know more about Storage Device Manager and its usages.

SAMBA
4. To easily share the folders/drives in the network, were Windows and Ubuntu users can access it. To install Samba, click the Ubuntu Software Center, then type on the search, Samba then click Install. To launch it, click the Ubuntu Logo (Dash Home) on the upper left side or press Window Key in the Keyboard then type Samba then click the Samba Icon.
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS - Samba
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS - Samba

You can install it via terminal, type the command: sudo apt-get install samba samba-common  
Afterwards install other dependencies: sudo apt-get install python-glade2
For graphical interface: sudo apt-get install system-config-samba

Click here to know more about SAMBA and its usages.

After you follow all the instructions. This will give you a way to share your files, folders or drives to the all the users in the network.

Please share for any additional information here in our comment. Cheers! :D

(Note: Ubuntu(Unity and Applications) Logo/Images/Pictures has a respective copyright. I used it for demonstration purpose only.)

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Related Entries / Links / Sources / Articles / Sources:
Ubuntu Official Site
Browse Shared Drives/Folders on Network via Folder or Terminal
GParted to create Extended or Logical partition
NTFS Configuration Tool to Enable write support in Ubuntu
Storage Device Manager to Automatic Mount in Ubuntu
Samba Sharing Files or Devices to Windows users in Ubuntu

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