Copy files/using apps on HD with no drive letter?


My phone path is Computer\Model-Number\Phone. I wanted to use a util like windirstat on it but it doesn't recognize the path since it doesn't have a drive letter (I assume). I tried copying all my files using explorer and it choked up during the calculating time phase. I tried robocopy but got the error below. I tried mapping a drive before this step but it isn't on the network. I have no idea what I can do other than copy folders one at a time

C:\Users\MyUser>robocopy "Computer\Model-Number\Phone" c:\arch\phone /S /R:1 /W:1

   ROBOCOPY     ::     Robust File Copy for Windows

  Started : Wed Apr 24 14:33:48 2013

   Source : C:\Users\MyUser\Computer\Model-Number\Phone\
     Dest : c:\arch\phone\

    Files : *.*

  Options : *.* /S /COPY:DAT /R:1 /W:1


2013/04/24 14:33:48 ERROR 3 (0x00000003) Accessing Source Directory C:\Users\MyUser\Computer\Model-Number\Phone\
The system cannot find the path specified.
asked on Super User Apr 24, 2013 by (unknown user)

1 Answer


If your device is rooted, you could try using an app like Samba Filesharing for Android, which would then work via WiFi when connected to the same network as your computer. As it then would turn up in the network section, you can connect it and assign it a drive letter, which would solve your problem.

Before you ask: there seems to be no similar solution for unrooted devices. Background is: only root can use ports below 1000 (which would be needed for the default Samba/CIFS port) on Unix/Linux/Android, so these apps have to use a non-standard port. And, quoting from the description of one such Samba app named Samba Server: Windows: only works if you have a rooted device since windows does not support non-standard SMB ports.

Another solution might be available: if you can connect your device in UMS mode, it should appear like any USB stick or external USB disk, available via a drive letter in Windows. Most newer devices these days prefer MTP, but some at least leave the user the choice between the two.

answered on Super User Jun 1, 2013 by Izzy

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