How to manipulate file structure quickly on a NAS device


How to manipulate file structure quickly on a NAS device


It turns out that if I want to remove a gigantic folder from my Buffalo NAS device, all I have to do is delete it from Ubuntu instead of from Windows. It's instant instead of taking days.

First, though, you'll  have to mount the Windows Share.

How to mount the Windows share in Ubuntu

(note: this is the equivalent of what we're doing in Windows when we "map" a drive)
  1. Install CIFS:
    sudo apt-get install cifs-utils
  2. Create the mount directory
    sudo mkdir /media/windowsshare
  3. Then edit your /etc/fstab file
    sudo gedit /etc/fstab
  4. Add this line to the fstab file where servername is the IP address of the NAS device (and remember to save the file):
    //servername/sharename  /media/windowsshare  cifs  guest,uid=1000,iocharset=utf8  0  0
  5. Now mount the Windows share:
    sudo mount -a 
  6. Reboot
  7. In the files structure, look for windowsshare

How to view Windows hidden folders in Ubuntu

A NAS device can get a pretty big trash can. This trash can is by default, hidden in Ubuntu. Press ctrl+h on your keyboard. All hidden files and folders in the current window will appear. Once the File Browser session is closed, the view will be returned to not show the hidden files.

How to upload a google doc, sheet or slide to Google Drive

How to upload a google doc, sheet or slide to Google Drive

 

Suppose you want to upload a google doc from your hard drive. Guess what? You can't.

That's because it's only a pointer to the file in your google drive on the web.

You can only download the google doc as Office format first and then upload it again as Google doc format.

Actually, the download will always be in office format. There's no need for a setting for that. But then when you upload it again, make sure you have changed your settings to say that you want it in Google docs format.