Assigning an IP address to a Network Drive

Sjoerd Scheffer ixnas at
Wed Jan 6 14:09:37 UTC 2010

2010/1/6 Jay Ridgley <jridgley2 at>:
> Folks,
> I have a newly acquired Western Digital 1TB My Book World Edition. What
> I want to do is add it to my local network and use it for storage under
> NFS. I use a small hub(6 port) in a wired network. I do not have a
> router nor do I have any MS software installed and do not use Samba,
> just Ubuntu.
> My question is how do I assign an IP address to the device without some
> sort of identifier for the physical device?
> Assume the address would be, hostname koala (if needed).
> I have done some reading and understand the need for an /etc/fstab entry
> and an /etc/exports entry but I still do not see what would set the IP
> address to the device.
> Thanks,
> Jay
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I don't know much about those network drives, but they usually only
work over Samba.

But if it supports something like NFS and it uses DHCP to get it's IP
address, you could also try to configure your router to give a
specific IP address to it. Even my SpeedTouch can do that. I guess the
disk does have a static hostname so it might be a solution.


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