Mounting a Windows or other OS drive across a network can be a challenge in Ubuntu. Samba is great but it certainly takes a bit of getting used to. If you´re in a hurry it can be a bit cumbersome and fiddly to set up. If the need to have the connection to the other OS is a short-lived one, there is even less incentive to go through the whole rigmarole to get the connection set up.
Gigolo is a great utility that has saved me time as well as finger and brain-ache on more than one occasion. It is available in the Software Centre.
To use it is very straightforward. Firing up the software brings up the main window.
Click on the Connect icon and complete the details for your connection in the Connect to Server dialog. Pick the appropriate type of connection from the Service type drop-down menu and the fields that are required in order to complete the connection are displayed. These fields differ from connection type to connection type. The ones that appear when you select a Samba share are shown below.
Provide the required information as appropriate for your connection, and then click the Connect button. If one is required you will be asked for a password. The Connect to Server dialog closes and you are returned to the main Gigolo window. You should have en entry in the main window representing your connection.
You can double-click it to open a file browser window on your Samba share, or highlight it and click the terminal icon in the toolbar to open a terminal window on your shared resource.
You can also create bookmarks in Gigolo so that you don’t need to re-enter the details of a connection that you wish to re-use, and you can select to have the shared resource automatically connected each time your system is restarted.