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Old 11-30-2015, 04:08 AM   #1
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I Cannot See My External HDD Plugged In RT-AC87U


Hello everyone,

Can someone help me to configure my Linux Mint so I can see my external hdd (WD Elements 2TB) which is plugged in to my new router ASUS RT-AC87U through USB3.0?

Thanks in advance,

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Old 11-30-2015, 12:36 PM   #2
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Welcome to LinuxQuestions.

I'm not familiar with the router's graphical user interface but Asus does have an interactive web page where you can play with its features. I assume that you want to use samba to access the drive. Logging into the Router's web interface you can turn on samba by clicking on USB application and then network place.

As a start I would enable the share and then allow guest access just to make sure it works. Hopefully the drive shows up on the page. I assume you need to add the drive / folder in the lower box. Once you are satisfy everything is working you can add password etc.

The share should now be accessible by the file browser. I assume you are using Nautilus. If you click on browse network you should see the router, By clicking on the router you should see the share name and finally by clicking on the share see files on the drive.

https://www.asus.com/us/Networking/RTAC87U/
 
Old 11-30-2015, 05:08 PM   #3
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Welcome to LinuxQuestions.

I'm not familiar with the router's graphical user interface but Asus does have an interactive web page where you can play with its features. I assume that you want to use samba to access the drive. Logging into the Router's web interface you can turn on samba by clicking on USB application and then network place.

As a start I would enable the share and then allow guest access just to make sure it works. Hopefully the drive shows up on the page. I assume you need to add the drive / folder in the lower box. Once you are satisfy everything is working you can add password etc.

The share should now be accessible by the file browser. I assume you are using Nautilus. If you click on browse network you should see the router, By clicking on the router you should see the share name and finally by clicking on the share see files on the drive.

https://www.asus.com/us/Networking/RTAC87U/
Thanks you for your reply. See my router's GUI: http://www.filedropper.com/untitled_41
I can access and write to the external HDD from all my Windows machines, but I don't know how to access it through my Linux Laptop. Is Nautilus the default file browser?
 
Old 11-30-2015, 05:45 PM   #4
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Nautilus the default file browser?
No... Which one depends on the Mint version you installed i.e. Cinnamon, MATE, xfce, or KDE. Nope. Cinnamon default is nemo, MATE default is caja, KDE default is konqueror and xfce is thunar. As far as I know all of them have the capability of browsing windows shares. If you can access the drive from Windows then the router is already configured.

Do you see any sort of browse network icon when you start your file browser?
 
Old 11-30-2015, 06:01 PM   #5
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No... Which one depends on the Mint version you installed i.e. Cinnamon, MATE, xfce, or KDE. Nope. Cinnamon default is nemo, MATE default is caja, KDE default is konqueror and xfce is thunar. As far as I know all of them have the capability of browsing windows shares. If you can access the drive from Windows then the router is already configured.

Do you see any sort of browse network icon when you start your file browser?
I installed nautilus.
When I enter "sudo nautilus" I get a file browser with a "browse network" icon.
However I cannot open it: http://www.filedropper.com/screensho...15-11-30235726
 
Old 11-30-2015, 06:14 PM   #6
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Looks like you need to install gvfs-smb try:

sudo apt-get gvfs-smb
 
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Looks like you need to install gvfs-smb try:

sudo apt-get gvfs-smb
That command does not work (invalid operation).
 
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Oops...
sudo apt-get install gvfs-smb
 
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Oops...
sudo apt-get install gvfs-smb
kinggulliver@Steff-VAIO-Zilver ~ $ sudo apt-get install gvfs-smb
[sudo] password for kinggulliver:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package gvfs-smb

What now?
 
Old 11-30-2015, 06:45 PM   #10
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fyi:
- kinggulliver@Steff-VAIO-Zilver ~ $ cat /proc/version
Linux version 3.13.0-37-generic (buildd@kapok) (gcc version 4.8.2 (Ubuntu 4.8.2-19ubuntu1) ) #64-Ubuntu SMP Mon Sep 22 21:28:38 UTC 2014
- kinggulliver@Steff-VAIO-Zilver ~ $ cat /etc/issue
Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca \n \l
 
Old 11-30-2015, 06:48 PM   #11
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I'm not having a good day...

sudo apt-get install gvfs
 
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I'm not having a good day...

sudo apt-get install gvfs
No problem :P

kinggulliver@Steff-VAIO-Zilver ~ $ sudo apt-get install gvfs
[sudo] password for kinggulliver:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
gvfs is already the newest version.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 1 not upgraded.
 
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Next:
sudo apt-get install gvfs-backends
 
Old 11-30-2015, 07:17 PM   #14
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Next:
sudo apt-get install gvfs-backends
kinggulliver@Steff-VAIO-Zilver ~ $ sudo apt-get install gvfs-backends
[sudo] password for kinggulliver:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
gvfs-backends is already the newest version.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 1 not upgraded.
 
Old 11-30-2015, 07:28 PM   #15
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Not sure why it isn't working...

In the mean time you can manually mount the drive

sudo mkdir /mnt/share (replace share with something more meaningful if desired)

sudo mount -t cifs /router_IP_address/share_name /mnt/share (The share_name should match what is used in windows)

You can use the file browser to view the contents of /mnt/share.
 
  


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