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Hello,

I am trying to build a "home server" for backup purposes on my local network. Long story short, I've taken an old computer, installed ubuntu desktop, put a 1TB SSD in as a secondary drive (formatted as NTFS)

Goal:
  • Access, Read, Write files/folder to the drive from other computers (windows, mac)
  • Have different logins or passwords for each shared folder
e.g
The 1 TB SSD contains 3 folders "User1" , "User2", "User3" I dont want User2 to have access to the files of User1, each folder should password protected somehow

Problem
If I format the secondary drive as NTFS, I cant use ubuntu's user groups functionality, I can mount the folders on other computers but every folder is accessible by the same user
If I format it as ext4 I am able to use the user groups functionality but I can not mount the folders on other computers (win, mac)

I am looking for a GUI solution
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Hello,

I am trying to build a "home server" for backup purposes on my local network. Long story short, I've taken an old computer, installed ubuntu desktop, put a 1TB SSD in as a secondary drive (formatted as NTFS)

Goal:
  • Access, Read, Write files/folder to the drive from other computers (windows, mac)
  • Have different logins or passwords for each shared folder
e.g
The 1 TB SSD contains 3 folders "User1" , "User2", "User3" I dont want User2 to have access to the files of User1, each folder should password protected somehow

Problem
If I format the secondary drive as NTFS, I cant use ubuntu's user groups functionality, I can mount the folders on other computers but every folder is accessible by the same user
If I format it as ext4 I am able to use the user groups functionality but I can not mount the folders on other computers (win, mac)

I am looking for a GUI solution
Have you considered a samba server that has mutple shares such as user 1 user 2 and user 3 with different login
 

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Hello,

I am trying to build a "home server" for backup purposes on my local network. Long story short, I've taken an old computer, installed ubuntu desktop, put a 1TB SSD in as a secondary drive (formatted as NTFS)

Goal:
  • Access, Read, Write files/folder to the drive from other computers (windows, mac)
  • Have different logins or passwords for each shared folder
e.g
The 1 TB SSD contains 3 folders "User1" , "User2", "User3" I dont want User2 to have access to the files of User1, each folder should password protected somehow

Problem
If I format the secondary drive as NTFS, I cant use ubuntu's user groups functionality, I can mount the folders on other computers but every folder is accessible by the same user
If I format it as ext4 I am able to use the user groups functionality but I can not mount the folders on other computers (win, mac)

I am looking for a GUI solution
For what reason are you trying to use NTFS as a file system?

Also, you said NAS, but did not mention the desired protocol - SMB or NFS.

Please clarify those first.

Also.... you are using "must have GUI" and "Linux" in 1 sentence...
 

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It is probably a good idea, especially with a fairly simple system (ie - one drive), to familiarize yourself with NFS setup and configuration. A bit more to what OP has asked for, GUI, 2 decent solutions available in most repositories, are Cockpit and Synology
 
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