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Sunday, 1 June 2014

WD MyBook Live Network Mounting Ubuntu

Network Mount Western Digital's MyBook Live! on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr


When you mount your external hard drives to your network it really does make life so much easier to move files around the various devices attached to your network as does ftp'ing into your drives, which I will discuss later.

Let's start, open your favourite Command Line Interface terminal (I just use the standard ubuntu terminal, suits me fine)

You will need to create a folder or more correctly a directory, that you link the external drive to so you can access it as a normal folder on your PC

sudo mkdir /media/mybooklive
(you can name the folder anything, just remember the name you use, so you can use it in the fstab entry as seen below!)

Insert the following line to the bottom of your machines fstab file, so from the terminal enter the following lines depending on your preference.

sudo gedit /etc/fstab
or
sudo nano /etc/fstab

Now add the line below to the bottom of the fstab file, make sure you save it.

//192.168.X.X/Public /media/mybooklive cifs  guest,uid=1000,iocharset=utf8  0  0

you will need to reboot the PC or enter the following into the terminal, this will remount everything in the fstab file, it should tell you if there are any problems when you hit enter after the command, if all is well, nothing will be listed and your MyBook should be showing up in your network list.

sudo mount -a

I just used the line as is, I only changed the network address 192.168.xxx.xxx to the MyBook Live! as I said you can change the Directory name but it must be the same in the line you insert into the fstab file.

I did this with the MyBook Live! model shown below...


Here is a link to the main site that has some general information and tips about the Western Digital Mybook Live!