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February 20th, 2010, 09:46 PM
Hi, I have a Ubuntu 9.10 installed on my laptop, and my friend has Vista home installed on hers. I recently convinced her to let me install Linux on her Acer. My main problem right now is that I have never networked anything before, and the only thing I have to back up her files with is an Ethernet cord. I really don't want to go over there and realize that I have no clue what I'm doing, and not have anybody to ask for help (no internet.) Could anyone please point me to a tutorial, or tell me what I need to do. Thanks for the help.:)

February 21st, 2010, 12:07 AM
You will need to read up on a thing called Samba (not the Latin dance BTW). Here is the quick, painless way:


Here's the "everything you ever wanted to know about Samba" way:


I think you will just need to install a Samba client under ubuntu in order to see Windows Networks. If you want to do fancy stuff or connect to Apple Networks it gets more involved.

If you search this forum for "samba" you should find tons of threads, too.

February 21st, 2010, 12:14 AM
If you simply want to backup personal files for her in case you F up her computer, you can just sign up for a DropBox account and put her stuff there. Then use the recovery CD that came with her computer to get it back up and running.

February 21st, 2010, 12:23 AM
If you just want to back stuff up, try Accessories > CD/DVD Creator (or K3b or Xcdroast) and drag & drop the files to be backed up then burn the disc(s) under Ubuntu (or else use whatever Windoze DVD burning software you like).

Here is a good free windows DVD program:



February 21st, 2010, 01:57 AM
Thanks north. I can't back it up on DVDs because it's about 60GB in music and videos. All the important stuff can backed up easily on a DVD or two, but the rest of it I think she wants to keep. I also plan on keeping some of it, so in the end this is the best way to go around storing them.
I installed samba and tested it out on an XP desktop, and it worked. Thanks again.

February 21st, 2010, 01:59 AM
A 1 TeraByte external USB drive is by far the easiest way that I've found though. :D