Enabling SMB / Samba Write on Xbian (XBMC for Raspberry Pi)

Raspi_Colour_RIf you’ve got a Raspberry Pi (if you don’t, please go order one right now), and use Xbian (a great version of XBMC for Pi) you may have connected to your Pi via SMB but noticed it’s read only. Fixing this (to read / write) only takes a few seconds.

Provided you already have Xbian installed and your Pi is connected to your network and you know the address (something like 192.168.x.x – or you should be able to simple use “Xbian”), you can:

  1. On a PC, download and run Putty. Putty is a great – free – ssh terminal app.
  2. Enter your Pi’s ip (or “Xbian”) in the host name textbox.
  3. Click Open to connect to the Pi.
  4. Enter the default username: xbian and password: raspberry
  5. At the prompt, enter: sudo nano /etc/usbmount/usbmount.conf
  6. In Nano (a text editor) find the line: SMBSHARE=no
  7. Change SMBSHARE=no to SMBSHARE=yes
  8. Exit Nano and save (Control+X, Y).
  9. Reboot.
  10. You should now be able to connect to you Pi in Windows using SMB with \\XBIAN\ or find your Pi in your Network and have write permission.

Happy downloading AND uploading.

Enabling SMB / Samba Write on Xbian (XBMC for Raspberry Pi)