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Share USB Device with Samba

Use Samba and an ext3 formatted device.

If that is not an option, maybe because you already have an NTFS formatted device with media on it, then use FTP.

UPDATE: However, 1.02.21( wdlxtv now works with NTFS and SAMBA

So if you want to use an NTFS formatted USB HDD then you can stop using FTP and just transfer files over the network with Windows Explorer. But, you have to use 1.02.21(, or later, that has the fix mentioned by RMerlin.

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Share USB Device with NFS

Guide to mount an WDTV Live NFS Server share to a Windows 7 (Ultimate) client.


This guide is aimed at getting you up and running with your WDTV Live as an NFS server in clear steps. Emphasis is on minimum complexity, minimum configuration and zero network optimisation. Skip straight to the guide: [1]

  • Original Forum Topic that this wiki page is based on: [2]

Once you have the client and server working together the fun with optimisation and security can begin. This is covered in the howto.

Is the Samba Server with an ext3 formatted device a better option?

Before attempting to use this guide to setup the wdlxtv as a File Server please note that the option with the fewest issues is to use Samba with an ext3 formatted device. This is statement is based on the sheer volume of issues with configuring NFS. Also the fact that an NTFS formatted device does not share well when accessed from Windows Explorer at present. So yes, for a lot of people Samba and ext3 will be a better option. But for the inquisitive why not try NFS.

Does this guide cover using the WDTV Live as an NFS client?

No. There are already a good set of guides to use the wdlxtv as an NFS client/CIFS interceptor but this guide has been written to illustrate how to use the wdlxtv as an NFS Server.

By default is Samba or NFS faster with this setup?

  • Basic Speed test results [3]

Summary of result: To share an ext3 formatted drive with Samba running on the WDTV Live is not only an even easier option but, with default settings, it is also faster than the NFS option.

Can this configuration be used with GNU/Linux?

This guide was also tested with Ubuntu 10.04.1 LTS running under VirtualBox 3.2 (On the same Win64 system). This was as simple as putting the following line in the /etc/fstab

wdtvlive.local:/tmp/media/usb/USB2/524882c3-d9ba-4d66-b428-16b8e929c075/  /home/user/n  nfs

Then sudo mount -a.

But why do this if the Samba/ext3 alternative is faster?

Just for fun and knowledge. And because with optimisation specific to the NFS Server, network and configuration NFS has been shown to produce some of the fastest results But to get there you have to start somewhere.


Things you will need are an external HDD or flash drive formatted in ext3. Not ext4, not FAT32 and not NTFS just ext3. Doing this is another subject and there are loads of guides to doing this. As I have a dual boot system with Ubuntu this was easy.



00. Attach ext3 formatted drive to wdlxtv. (Not FAT32, not NTFS, not ext4, just ext3).

00.1 Note: Guide does not work with WDTV G1 (Thanks for the feedback SmileyMan).

01. Firefox

02. http://wdtvlive

03. WDLXTV Config

04. Main > File Sharing: NFS > NFSD "Check"

05. NFSD_AUTO "Check"



06.1 Save.

07. Reboot (Important).

08. Windows 7 Ultimate.

08.1 Click the Start button, click Control Panel, click Programs, and then click Turn Windows features on or off. Check "Services for NFS".

Services for NFS Windows 7 Ultimate.jpg

09. Or for other Windows versions

10. Install SFU35SEL_EN.exe 217.6MB

11. Reboot

12.1 Windows Key r > cmd


   showmount -e wdtvlive

/tmp/media/usb/USB2/524882c3-d9ba-4d66-b428-16b8e929c075 *

This confirms that the client, Windows Services for NFS, can see the share on the wdlxtv.

13. Windows Key r > Notepad

   mount -o \\WDTVLIVE\tmp\media\usb\USB2\524882c3-d9ba-4d66-b428-16b8e929c075 n:

(Notice here the forward slashes / become back slashes \. You add \\WDTVLIVE to the start and remove the slash at the end of the line).

14. Windows Key r > cmd

15. Right Click > Paste:

   mount -o \\WDTVLIVE\tmp\media\usb\USB2\524882c3-d9ba-4d66-b428-16b8e929c075 n:

(return key)

   C:\Users\user>mount -o \\WDTVLIVE\tmp\media\usb\USB2\524882c3-d9ba-4d66-b428-16b
   8e929c075 n:
   n: is now successfully connected to \\WDTVLIVE\tmp\media\usb\USB2\524882c3-d9ba-
   The command completed successfully.

16. Windows key r > n:

17. Transfer a file greater than 1GB and try and remember never to try this with a Samba share to an NTFS formatted drive (like I did a few times today before writing this).

That's it. You should now have an NFS share mounted from your WDTVLIVE to Windows 7 Ultimate. I did this over wifi but I hear good things about using network cables to get the best out of NFS.

Remove share

17.1 Had enough and want it removed? Windows key r > cmd

   umount n:

(Reboot Windows to complete changes).

If people think using a * wildcard is bad form then fair enough but I did not want to get into security and permissions to keep the guide sweet. Suggestions very welcome.

Share USB Device with FTP

General FTP advice

FTP just works. It is easy to setup so if you don't have an ext3 formatted device to use with NFS or Samba then FTP is a good, reliable but rather slow fall back option. There can still be issues but like "Losing Movies" but in this example it turns out to be a USB power issue.

FTP Clients

FileZilla works well with Windows and WINE. OSX users seem to like Cyberduck.

If you started with the official firmware and an NTFS formatted device, as a Windows user coming to wdlxtv for the first time, there are problems with using Windows Explorer to transfer files. This is where FTP can be a good work around.

Share Virtual USB Device

Advanced option

This method tries to make the best of both worlds. Technically the wdlxtv is used as the client in this example but the shares are mounted to a Virtual disk which, as the topic mentions, avoids problems like the .jpg files being visible. Virtual USB: how to use NFS without cifs or USB dongles

Virtual USB app.bin by recliq.


Additional Basics to add

Note: D-Link DNS-320 C:\Users\user>mount -o \\\mnt\HD\HD_a2 n:

n: is now successfully connected to \\\mnt\HD\HD_a2

Mount the same NAS share to wdlxtv live

On ext3 formatted drive: file: net.mounts Contents: xmount NAS nfs