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Old 12-10-2011, 05:39 AM   #1
Little Hal
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How can I access my PC (XP pro) data files with Linux/Fedora


I see my first post was 19 Sep '11 - can't believe so much time has passed. I'll repeat some of what I said to give the background to my current problem.

I've been using Microsoft's stuff since MSDOS 3.11 - all the way through to XP, skipping only Windows Millenium. I bought a Laptop around 3 months ago that had Win 7 pre-installed and I didn't like it so I finally decided to experiment with Linux (having been reading Linux magazines for more than a year).

After a few cock-ups (long story) with various distros I got a set-up working (Fedora) and I linked by cable without trouble to my Netgear Router (Cable and Wireless -G WGR614 v9) but couldn't get a connection via Wi-Fi. After a struggle over a long period, I managed to find info on the subject and finally got a Wi-Fi link working.

BUT, what I really need is access to my files. This would be the big step in converting me to Linux.

My Windows PC has 2 Sata drives. The first stores XP & all the apps, the second stores all my data (around 50 thousand files). That data is backed-up onto a USB drive AND onto another Sata drive in a NAS box connected to my router.

Mapping to the NAS box via XP was easy but via Fedora on my laptop I'm getting nowhere - none of the searches I've done on the 'net has come up with a solution that works - tho' how much is due to me not understanding the solutions offered ... who knows.

Can anyone give me a newbie set of instructions to access my data?
I find accessing files on the NAS is quite slow (from XP) and I'm wondering if it would quicker if the laptop could access my files on the PC (via Wi-Fi through the router) - but I'd be grateful for info on either scenario.

Just in case this has anything to do with the problem, I should say that I've been having trouble updating Fedora: I allow the auto-update to run pretty much every day but it fails with a string of error messages. I've just tried using yum -y update (stumbled on that on the 'net this morning) and I think it worked OK: I got several screens filled with messages like -

Package module-init-tools.i686 0:3:12-5.fc15 will be updated
Package module-init-tools.i686 0:3:12-5.fc15 will be an update

and quite a few lines with the word duplicate in it so I'm assuming they had updated on an earlier attempt.

Using cat /etc/fedora-release tells me I'm using Release 15 (Lovelock). Tho', confusingly, elsewhere it says
fedora-release-rawhide-15-3

Thanks for any help.

Harry
 
Old 12-10-2011, 10:06 AM   #2
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This thread from the Fedora forum may be helpful.
 
Old 12-11-2011, 03:21 AM   #3
Little Hal
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Originally Posted by bigrigdriver View Post
This thread from the Fedora forum may be helpful.
Thank you bigrigdriver, I have checked that thread, but where do I go from there?

I have entered:
yum update
yum clean all
yum install samba samba-common

Then, when I go to file manager, I can look in Network, Browse Net and see Windows Network. But when I click on that I get:

Unable to mount location

Failed to retrieve share list from server

I can start Firefox and log onto the NAS box with the name & password I set up for the laptop but this just gives me the Account info I'd set up. How do I get to my data files on the NAS?

I have read the Wiki re Mount but it is not clear to me how to use it.
Does it matter what name I give to the drive I want to mount?
I can't mount nasbox without, presumably, identifying nasbox in the fstab folder.

There is a reference to a folder called etc\fstab but I have looked in the File System folder and found etc but there is no such folder as fstab listed within it. I have looked in Desktop Help and can't even see an explanation/option on creating a new folder called fstab.
And if I could, I wouldn't know how to define my "nasbox" entry.

Ah. I now find that fstab is a file NOT a folder.
I've looked inside it but I'm still no wiser on how to define my nasbox.

Any suggestions .... anyone?

Thanks,
Harry
 
Old 12-12-2011, 02:19 AM   #4
Little Hal
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Lost inspace!

After searching around as admin in my NAS box I found an entry that tells me the device name is /dev/hdc and the MountPoint is /mnt/ide3.

So I hurry off to fstab and open it up in gedit and type in the above ... and save the file .... except I can't save the file! I need to be logged in as root, presumably. But when I log in as root in a terminal I can't find a way to access the fstab file. So I quit the terminal and log out of the session and try to log in as root - but I can't log in as root from the start-up login ...????????

Help - This is driving me crazy ... AAARRRGGGHHH!

Harry
 
Old 12-12-2011, 02:24 AM   #5
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But when I log in as root in a terminal I can't find a way to access the fstab file.
What do you mean? Why can't you run your favourite text editor?

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So I quit the terminal and log out of the session and try to log in as root - but I can't log in as root from the start-up login ...????????
This is usually the case. The idea is that you shouldn't log into the GUI as root, because it's probably easier to break things that way.
 
  


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