11 Replies Latest reply: Feb 11, 2010 5:09 AM by Wolfsoap
Wolfsoap Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi,

I have 18GB spare on my iPhone that I'm not going to use on music, movies and what-not.

How do I use my iPhone as an external hard drive, so I can just plug it in and it mounts so I can move file on/off it.

Cheers.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • 1. Re: Use iPhone as hard drive.
    Graham Outterside Level 4 Level 4 (2,910 points)
    Officially, you cannot,

    There are however approved Apps which allow this to happen, using wifi rather than a USB connection.
  • 2. Re: Use iPhone as hard drive.
    Wolfsoap Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    But that will take ages, I just want to drag a couple of GB onto it to move it around the office quick.

    Can I really not do this, in the old iPod's you could section off a portion of the memory for use.
  • 3. Re: Use iPhone as hard drive.
    Graham Outterside Level 4 Level 4 (2,910 points)
    You cannot - thats the way the iPhone is set up. As its a smartphone, and potentially open to malware (unlikely I know) the basic architecture does not allow is to be used for general files etc. iPods don't run any programs so they are okay with being used as a media store for anything.

    Using a real flash drive is quicker and easier:(

    Sorry I can't help more but thats it.
  • 4. Re: Use iPhone as hard drive.
    Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,840 points)
    This will do what you want (mostly): http://www.ecamm.com/mac/phoneview/

    But needs to be installed on each computer you access it from.

    The iPhone does not have a "Disk Mode" as other iPods do.
  • 5. Re: Use iPhone as hard drive.
    Wolfsoap Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    So I have to pay to use my phone's extra space after I've already paid £100 for the space, the £60 per month for a contract.

    Then once I have paid for the privilege of storing files on my iPhone I can only do it when specific applications are installed on specific computers or slowly over wifi.

    Is this correct?

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  • 6. Re: Use iPhone as hard drive.
    Graham Outterside Level 4 Level 4 (2,910 points)
    Wolfsoap wrote:
    So I have to pay to use my phone's extra space after I've already paid £100 for the space, the £60 per month for a contract.

    Then once I have paid for the privilege of storing files on my iPhone I can only do it when specific applications are installed on specific computers or slowly over wifi.

    Is this correct?

    You bought a phone with no storage facility. There is no storage facility with my fridge but I don't complain about it. You didn't pay for a storage facility, you bought a phone.

    Read before you buy.
  • 7. Re: Use iPhone as hard drive.
    Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,840 points)
    So I have to pay to use my phone's extra space after I've already paid £100 for the space, the £60 per month for a contract.


    That software is from a third-party developer, who also needs to make a living. That third-party developer did not receive any of the money you paid to Apple for the phone, or what you pay per month to your network provider.

    As already stated, the iPhone does not have a Disk Mode (for security reasons) so this developer has spent time, money and effort devising a solution. Why should he do this for free? Do you work for free?

    Then once I have paid for the privilege of storing files on my iPhone I can only do it when specific applications are installed on specific computers or slowly over wifi.


    Yes. If you want to use the iPhone for a purpose that it was not designed to be used for, then you have to accept the limitations of using it in such a way.

    If using the iPhone for File Transfer/Storage was so important to you, maybe you should've done some research before parting with your money, to check that it does what you want it to.
  • 8. Re: Use iPhone as hard drive.
    David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6 (9,200 points)
    Buy a cheap USB thumb drive. Put it on you key change and be happy. With all the hi-tech people out there today I surprised you don't have a thumb drive. I got a 6 gig drive for around $8 (USD).
  • 9. Re: Use iPhone as hard drive.
    CArizo Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
    Not exactly the best solution but just a suggestion for your interest - have you tried MobileMe iDisk Application?

    http://www.apple.com/mobileme/features/idisk.html

  • 10. Re: Use iPhone as hard drive.
    Wolfsoap Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Cheers, I think I'm going to go for stick.

    I'll glue it to the back of my iPhone
  • 11. Re: Use iPhone as hard drive.
    Wolfsoap Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Cheers, but there are a few internet based storage solution on the app store too. I'm trying to avoid networking, I've already got Dropbox (from MIT) which is great, free and has similar functionality.

    I think a USB stick is the solution here.

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