I recently bought a Raspberry Pi 2 model B, and I installed OpenElec which seems to work as expected, with an external HD plugged in USB. During the setup wizard I enabled Samba, and now I can connect via Finder (OS X 10.11 El Captain) with command smb:// Once executed the command, I can login as guest or user (root-openelec), but both user type don't give me permission to edit/delete/add files. Whenever I try to do something, I'm asked to login, but then the previous user-password are not accepted anymore..

I went to see samba.conf file in /usr/share/services/samba.conf and it looks like this:


but those user and pass don't work.

How could I transfer files between my mac and the HD plugged into the raspberry usb?

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    Who owns the samba directory and what are the permissions? can you also edit your question and add the entire smaba.conf file. – Steve Robillard Dec 29 '15 at 0:27
  • This is actualy the only samba.conf I have on my Rpi. I see there is another one named samba.conf.sample in /storage/.config/. – Yuri Dec 29 '15 at 0:35
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    And what about the ownership and permissions? Also have you rebooted the Pi? – Steve Robillard Dec 29 '15 at 0:45
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    You keep IGNORING the question of directory ownership and permissions! – Steve Robillard Dec 29 '15 at 0:47
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    @SteveRobillard the HD folder owner is root, but any subfolder's owner is 99... I don't know what this means. Permission on HD folder are drwxrwxr-x, while subfolder drwxr-xr-x – Yuri Dec 29 '15 at 10:44

I just solved it by reformatting the HDD. From OS X I had to use Disk Utility with following setup: Format: ExFat Scheme: Master Boot Record

Now everything is working as expected. I hope this will help future coming newbie like me.

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    There were ways of handling this without nuking the contents of the disk, had you given us the info we asked for. – Steve Robillard Dec 29 '15 at 21:21

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