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    Re: Setting up WD My Book Live

    Is there an alternative way of setting it up, maybe without using the command-line as well? Just trying to see all the options I have.
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    Re: Setting up WD My Book Live

    Well, there isn't much to 'setup' but going back to your second post and the screen dump you showed, if you bring this up again and just leave it at 'Connect anonymously' and press 'Connect' the drive should be automatically mounted and you should be able to read and write to it.

    If you want to change settings or create new users, new shares etc, you can do so using your web browser by entering the IP address of the MYBOOK device as the web address. This will bring up the MYBOOK configuration.
    You can use this to also manage the media server that comes with the box ('Twonky' on my box).

    (I have tested this and it works fine).

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    Re: Setting up WD My Book Live

    Quote Originally Posted by wallaroo View Post
    Well, there isn't much to 'setup' but going back to your second post and the screen dump you showed, if you bring this up again and just leave it at 'Connect anonymously' and press 'Connect' the drive should be automatically mounted and you should be able to read and write to it.

    If you want to change settings or create new users, new shares etc, you can do so using your web browser by entering the IP address of the MYBOOK device as the web address. This will bring up the MYBOOK configuration.
    You can use this to also manage the media server that comes with the box ('Twonky' on my box).

    (I have tested this and it works fine).
    Oh okay. Gotcha. So with Ubuntu Linux, there's really nothing to setup for the WD My Book Live? Just plug it in and do what I did before. That seems easy. I assume when I click "Connect", it connects to the IP address and that is how I'll know what the IP address is? I've read a little bit about Twonky. I have to do some more reading from the manual.
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    Re: Setting up WD My Book Live

    You can get its IP address either by connecting to your router and listing the connected devices,
    or, as you say, after it's mounted...
    e.g.
    Code:
    arp -n

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    Smile Re: Setting up WD My Book Live

    http://192.168.2.105/UI/

    Assuming your router has similar ip address

    Change 105 to 100, 101, 102 ......etc until GUI comes on in the browser

    Assuming its plugged in to the router


    Cd only works on pc and mac

    But the cd does not do much anyway as set up is mainly through browser the cd just helped detect the drive and mounts it on windows

    If your Linux does not detect it

    Change the workgroup name in the GUI

    Mine is working on Ubuntu 10.4 in places network ........

    In mac puppy on my netbook used pnethood. Then entered workgroup name and password

    Posted to help anyone who cannot get it working

    So it does work on Linux it's just not immediately obvious how to access it.

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    Re: Setting up WD My Book Live

    Thanks for the help. It's working! I was wondering, what's the fastest way to transfer files to the My Book Live? I have a 1 TB HDD that I would like to transfer the files to the My Book Live. I imagine that would take forever.
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    Re: Setting up WD My Book Live

    Thank you for the post, wallaroo

    I grabbed a 3TB mybooklive earlier today, my important stuff is moving over - using rsync - to a share mounted exactly as you described.

    Much appreciated!

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    Re: Setting up WD My Book Live

    Quote Originally Posted by wallaroo View Post
    Hi Shadius,
    --8<--
    However you don't need to go to that level, a simple CIFS mount on your Ubuntu box is sufficient for general use.

    The default share on the MYBOOK is named 'Public' and as the name suggests allows anyone to connect to the share.

    On your Ubuntu box..
    - Create a mount point in /media
    e.g.
    Code:
    sudo mkdir /media/mybooklive
    - then mount it as a 'CIFS' mount
    i.e.
    Code:
    sudo mount -t cifs -o username=,rw,users,uid=1000 //mybookipaddress/Public /media/mybooklive
    (uid is your Ubuntu uid - usually 1000)
    (mybookipaddress is the ip address of the MYBOOK device)
    (You may need to install the 'cifs-utils' package first).

    - to make it mount at boot, add the mount to the /etc/fstab file.
    i.e.
    Code:
    //mybookipaddress/Public /media/mybooklive cifs rw,username=,uid=1000 0 0
    Note: I have found that when I need to transfer large or lots of files to the MYBOOK, it's best to use FTP because it's more stable. CIFS and NFS mounts are fragile and tend drop out or freeze at the worst possible times.
    ah thank you for posting this.

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    Re: Setting up WD My Book Live

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    Last edited by bayvista; December 1st, 2012 at 05:54 AM. Reason: Covered by previous note
    Just think how boring life would be without Ubuntu

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    Re: Setting up WD My Book Live

    In case you want to mount the Shared Music folder, it can also be done as a CIFS mount:

    1) Create a mount point e.g. mybookmusic
    2) Mount the shared folder with:
    sudo mount -t cifs -o username=anonymous,password=,rw,users,uid=1000 '//MyBookLive.local/Public/Shared Music' /mybookmusic
    [Use the IP address instead of 'MyBookLive.local' if you want.]
    3) You can move your music over with rsync:
    rsync -avv /home/yournamehere/Music/ /mybookmusic

    You might need to login to the MyBookLive to nudge the server up to date:
    Settings-Media-Twonky-Status-Rescan

    Once done, the music you sync'd over will be available to all through the public music share.

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