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Accessing Hidden Directories

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by New2G2, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. New2G2

    New2G2 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    How do I get access to hidden directories. I am rooted and I was under the impression that once I did that I could just plug in the USB and use windows file manager to access directories, not the case. I was hoping to be able to replace some of the files on my phone like the stock e-mail signature but I can't access it. What am I doing wrong?

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  2. B2L

    B2L Android Expert

    The easiest way to do it, is to use a file manager like Root Explorer. It will give you access to modify any of the system files. It's a paid app, but well worth it. I use it frequently.
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  3. New2G2

    New2G2 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I read about that and I probably will get it but I want to be able to interface with a PC, is that possible?
  4. B2L

    B2L Android Expert

    I actually just found this, although it may not work for your device.

    Android Commander
  5. novox77

    novox77 Leeeroy Jennnkinnns!

    The only "folder" you can mount for access by your PC is /sdcard. This is available even before you rooted.

    All the other parts of the filesystem can only be accessed from the phone or with a phone app.

    Not sure what you're referring to as a "hidden directory." In linux, a hidden directory is simply a directory with a period at the front of the name. When you list the contents of a directory, any subdirectory that has this naming convention will not be listed (unless you specify to show hidden files and folders in your list command).

    An app like Root Explorer will show you these hidden files (aka dotfiles). Or if you want to get fancy, you can use Terminal Emulator, which will give you a linux shell. Or install QuickSSHd, which will allow you to SSH or SCP into your phone from your PC.

    D_CRISIS Newbie

    you could go the linux / unix emulator route if you're familiar with the language
  7. jerofld

    jerofld Fixing stuff is not easy

    ES File Viewer is a free root explorer and is nicer, IMO, than Root Explorer.

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