iPhone Disk

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Last weekend, my wife and I went to the Apple store in the Irvine Spectrum. She had made a One to One appointment so we could get a better understanding of our iPhones.

We have had our phones for nearly three months and it seems these little gems have some real quirkiness. I had three goals to accomplish at this one to One. First, the sync between my GMail account and iPhone wasn’t working right. Two, the Calender sync between GMail, iCal and iPhone needed to be adjusted. Last, being able to move my photos, videos and other files, to another device, without having to use some apple proprietary software.

I was a little disappointed that my issues couldn’t not be fully resolved to my satisfaction. The One to One trainers don’t really know anything beyond what Apple has to offer as in software or solutions. After the very eager and helpful person couldn’t really help. I was forced to get my answers else where.

The email and calendar ended up being the simplest to solve. The One:One trainer was able to point me in the direction of the IMAP vs. POP mail solution. My iPhone, GMail and Apple Mail Program were all set up with POP and not IMAP. This is why nothing was being synced between all three. However that was only part of the steps needed to solve the problem.

My iPhone when purchased was setup by the helpful individuals we purchased them from. I have actually gone back into the iPhone deleted all GMail and other accounts and reentered them with the Exchange feature. This is great. Now I can sync between my GMail, Apple Mail and iPhone. I adjust one and they all update.

Now, I just couldn’t understand why when I plug my iPhone into my Apple computer I couldn’t see the storage like I could on my iPods. I couldn’t even access this from the iTunes. I feel that I should be able to access the file system on my own equipment that I purchased. I should be able to access the file system to move photo and movie files to my computer without having to open iPhoto, download the files, then move them from iPhoto to a folder in my file system. Not only is this a pain in the Ass, but it a little totalitarian by Apple to assume i would be alright with this… Well, this is about to change…

Believe it or not while I was on Google’s Buzz I was reading a post from Chris Marquardt

How would you like to be able to mount a non-jailbroken iOS device as a disk on your Mac or PC? And what if this capability was (for a limited time) free? My guess is that a lot of you would take someone up on an offer like this.

Developer Macroplant has come up with a solution that runs on a Mac with OS X 10.5 or 10.6, or on a PC with Windows XP/Vista/7, that allows you to view the contents of your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Phone Disk lets you open, copy and save files directly on the device, and you can mount multiple devices simultaneously. If you’re a Mac user, you see the iOS file system in the Finder, while Windows users can view it in Windows Explorer. The app runs in the system tray in Windows or the menu bar in Mac OS X, so it’s out of the way, but available when you need it.

Note that Phone Disk will not give you “real” root access to your iOS device — the program allows you to access media files (photos, music, and even apps), but system-level access still requires a jailbreak. Still, this is more access than non-jailbreakers can get otherwise — if you know where to look, you can even pull soundtrack files out of the apps installed on your iPhone.

Through December 1st, 2010, the developer is giving away Phone Disk for free. You just need to download and then unlock the software with the registration code available here.

This resolved the issue of trying to remove photos and video without having to use a Apple’s proprietary software like iPhoto, which I was surprised that it was still on my computer anyways. Now I can just drag and drop files into folder on my computer. I can also add file and folder to my iPhone where I want them…

Go to the Phone Disk page to ge more information, or download the file here. Phone Disk.zip. Don’t forget Through December 1st, 2010, the developer is giving away Phone Disk for free. You just need to download and then unlock the software with the registration code available here.

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