I have followed the following guide to setting up a network accessible external HDD on my pi. I installed both samba and samba-common-bin. I entered the formatted the external drive and mounted it just as in the guide.

I edited the samba config file to include details for the shared folder as follows:

comment = Share Folder
path = /media/USBHDD1/shares
valid users = @users
force group = users
create mask = 0660
directory mask = 0771
read only = no

I have added a samba user and given it a password. I've restarted the samba server. Yet the pi still does not show up in my Windows WORKGROUP. Any ideas?

Could it be that I also use this pi as a private VPN server?


1 Answer 1


In the end I could connect to it using it's IP address instead. This allowed me to simply set that up as the network drive.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.