Hard disks connected to the Max2Play device are not automatically mounted. The path to the USB storage device must first be saved manually in the Filesystem/Mount plugin. Then the hard drive will be mounted to the same path even after a restart.
The best way to access the connected hard drive with a Windows PC is to use a network share via Samba. If the hard disk has been mounted, a path, mount point, type and furhter options are shown at the top of the Filesystem/Mount plugin. We need the mount point for creating a Samba share. It’s probably called „/mnt/extdrive“. To create a Samba share we enter the following in the plugin under „Sambashares on Max2Play“:
1. Input field: Name of the USB share, e.g. „musicdrive“
2. Input field: The mount point „/mnt/extdrive“
3. Input field: can be left blank
4. Input field: „yes“
5. Input field: „0777“
Then we click on Save. After successfully adding the Samba share, we change the username and password of the Samba access below and click on Save there too.
On our Windows PC we now go to „This PC“. In the top bar we find the option „Map network drive“. When we click on it, a new window will open. Here we now enter a network drive letter for our share that has not yet been assigned. We now need the IP address of the Max2Play device. We find this e.g. in the network settings of our router. Then we enter the following after „Folder:“: \\IP address\name of the USB share. In our case this is something like: „\\192.168.178.xxx\musicdrive“. Before we click on „Finish“, we tick „Reconnect at sign-in“ and „Connect using different credentials“. Now we should be asked for the login data. Here we enter the username and password that we set for the Samba access. We should now have access to the hard drive.
Please let me know if this was helpful, even though you actually didn’t want to create a samba share.
Another way would be to access the Pi via WinSCP. The IP of the Pi and the login data for SSH access (user: pi, password: max2play) are required there.