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Old 05-08-2009, 03:21 AM   #1
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Trying to access windows hard drive on network

I am trying to access the files on my windows pc.
I am trying to access them from my laptop which has mandriva 2009.
I have both computers connected through the same internet router, and i am succesfully accessing windows share files and remote control. The problem is, i dont want to move the files i want from their current location, to a share folder, and then onto my laptop. The main problem is that my whole family uses the pc, and while they are logged on i cannot remote control.
Please help me
Old 05-08-2009, 04:12 AM   #2
Bill Johns
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On the windows pc, Goto my computer, right click on properties on the disk that you wish to share, and to sharing.

Last edited by Bill Johns; 05-08-2009 at 12:20 PM. Reason: forgot some stuff
Old 05-08-2009, 08:50 AM   #3
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Hi. I will assume you are using KDE. You can use Konqueror to access your shares in Windows. Of course you have to share whatever folders you need from Windows. In order to access a share from Konqueror, you need to use the following URL:

It might work with other browsers. You probably need a username and a password to access the Windows share. If you need them, Konqueror will prompt you.

If you prefer to access the Windows share on the command line, you can use the smbclient command. Use it like this,

smbclient -U username \\\\windowsip\\sharename
This will prompt you for a password. If you don't need one, just press enter. If you omit the
-U username
option, smbclient will use the user that is executing the command. After you login successfully, you will get an "smb: \>" prompt. As far as I know, this is an FTP-like prompt. This means you could use the GET and PUT commands.

I hope this helped
Old 05-08-2009, 08:55 AM   #4
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I am sorry. I did not see the "gnome only" option in your profile. I am not very familiar with Gnome, but you can use Nautilus. According to, you can use smb://

I assume you would use the same syntax.


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