Sharing USB drives
Like most of us these days, I assume, I'm using an old HP Vectra VL400 for day to day tasks and serving files.
Since it just has an IDE interface, I decided to add a 500 GiB external USB drive instead of dealing with an internal SATA card.
Everything is o.k. with it. I can use the new disk as the bigger repository for files and programs it should be with the only exception of sharing the files over the local network.
I can share files between the Vectra and the other PCs in the LAN, as long as they're in the internal drive/s.
Has anybody find the same problem? Is there any way around it?
Thank you so much for being there!
I'm quite sorry for not having typed here for such a long time.
I eventually managed to solve my issue and would like you to know how: My XUbuntu box insisted on not allowing me to share the new drive unless I managed to make it act as if it was an internal one.
So, I went to /etc/fstab and added (at the end of the file):
Of course, I had previously labelled the drive as NEWDRIVE and created and shared /mnt/archives, so that the directory branch would immediately be available for use, both in the system and over the network.
LABEL=NEWDRIVE /mnt/archives auto rw,users,auto 0 0
On the one hand, this approach suppressed the flexibility offered by the automounting system included in XUbuntu.
On the other one, it allowed me to get where I wanted to go, and I think it deserves the pain.
This is not perfect, but valid enough.