Although WD MyCloud does not officially support Linux, it uses Samba for network mount. This post will explain how to mount a password-protected WD MyCloud share to Ubuntu 18.04 and enable automatic mount at start up.
Note: This solution works for any network attached storage (NAS) that supports Samba. For example, it works for my Synology NAS when I migrated to it.
You will need to install CIFS (Common Internet File System) in your Linux system, if it is not already installed:
sudo apt install cifs-utils
Create Mount Point for Your Shares
You will need a separate directory for each share. You can create them under
sudo mkdir /media/<share_name>
<share_name> is the name of your share.
Create Password File
The configuration of your network mount is in
/etc/fstab file. Because it is readable by everyone and so is your password in it, you should use a credentials file. This is a file that contains just the username and password to your WD MyCloud.
Enter your username and password in the file:
Save and exit vim. By default, this file can be read by your user but not other users.
Edit Mount File
/etc/fstab with root privileges:
sudo vim /etc/fstab
And add this line for each share:
//<server_name>/<share_name> /media/<share_name> cifs uid=<user_name>,credentials=/home/<user_name>/.smbcredentials,iocharset=utf8 0 0
This line refers to your previously-created password file, and enable special permissions (like
chmod etc.) to your mount.
As an example, I have a WD MyCloud EX2 which a static IP address of 192.168.10.10, and I would like to mount a shared named “Archive”. My Ubuntu username is
ubuntu and the password file is thus located at
/home/ubuntu/.smbcredentials. I added the following line to
//192.168.10.10/Archive /media/Archive cifs uid=ubuntu,credentials=/home/ubuntu/.smbcredentials,iocharset=utf8 0 0
fstab entry by issuing:
sudo mount -a
If there are no errors, you should test how it works after a reboot. Your remote share should mount automatically.