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  1. SUroot

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    I use FTP always. Works a charm/
     

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    I just w wish we had the old functionality back. Spent 3 hours the other day pulling a Rom, thinking I'd gone crazy. The drive mounted in Linux, but the files would not appear in the folder. I must have dd-ed over them like 6 times before I convinced myself I must not be the source of the problem.
    Turns out, they didn't show because of the extension I used. Wtf? I'll select which files I don't want to see on my drives when I browse through them, thank you Google!
    Aggravating. Ended up copying the files onto an external microsd from another phone, after putting it in my sgs3 and then taking it out and inserting it in my pc.
    So much simpler, right Google? God forbid I'd have to unmount a drive after using it f from just conveniently connecting via usb and choosing mass storage. No, that's definitely not a good way to go at it... smh

    It always amazes me how Linux gets functionality/support last... It's not like Android is based on it, or anything..

    /rant
     
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    this thread still alive? This is the very reason why I stop using my Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Tab for any media consumption.

    cant get any large files without resorting to ftp, samba, webdav or a web server app.

    funny thing, the iPhone 5 easily mounts on 6 different Ubuntu/Debian/Linux Mint machines I have. I can pull files, transfer 6GB 1080p bluray mkv videos with zero problems.
     
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    Yep its still an issue. Its one of the most ridiculous decisions in Android land
     
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    Hum ? Well it's still a problem, because so far, I can't find any way round this that I understand and can implement - with Ubuntu 12.10 and a Galaxy Note 2 that runs on 4.1.1 (can't recall the nickname for it - the number comes from the "about phone" facility).

    I'll tell you what this does do, it leaves me thinking screw android, screw Samsung and probably EE/Tmobile as well.

    If they don't sort something out that works for all, then I'll quite happily dump the lot.

    I might know bog all about the sys administration side of things but I'm familiar enough to be able to find a phone that will run the "Ubuntu Phone" system I've read a bit about. As well as moving everything else away from google.......

    Still very, very frustrated as it currently means I have a phone that's just that, little more than just a phone. If I can't use it to get to my files, music and other media stuff, it's just another piece of electronic debris.....

    Ok, rant over. I'll get my coat :rolleyes:
     
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    I use a small app called Multi Mount for the External Card I have on my HTC EVO 4G LTE. I run an AOSP ROM which will give me access to my internal SDCARD in my Fedora setup. (I don't do windows) I have to use the native USB for SDCARD access for android to get the stuff of internal and then I can use the Multi Mount program set up to give me the external. It works great for my needs. I can access everything and can move files where I need then with my Desktop Filemanager. The only down side is Multi Mount needs ROOT so you must have a rooted phone. There are other mount programs though so I'm not sure if they need root or not. I use Multi Mount because it works for me.
     
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    I just use Dropbox.

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    I like to use Samba on my Linux boxes. Although Windows (and LANMAN before it) has a lot to be critical of, the SMB protocol has lots of advantages for use on home networks. It's interoperable with most operating systems, and because it's connectionless, it's efficient and more suitable for itinerant devices like phones.

    I run one of the several SMB clients on my Android phone and tablets (which are all running Linux BTW) and it works great.
     
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    Dropbox is the way to go.
     
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    if you're using Ubuntu 13.04, the newly updated gvfs with mtp support is pre-packaged.
    If you're on Ubuntu 12.04 or 12.10, you can install it from the dev's ppa with the following commands:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:langdalepl/gvfs-mtp
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade

    This works for me on Linux Mint 14, with my Galaxy Nexus. It successfully appears as a device in Nemo (my file browser).

    note: you may need to have a rooted phone to view and change the files.
     
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    Welcome to the forums! :)
     
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    Is it just the Google Nexus devices that have dumped USB disk mode in favour of the seemingly MS Windows centric MTP? I've got three ICS 4.0 phones and tablets here, and they all support USB disk mode, i.e. they mount as removable drives on any OS, no nonsense, no fuss. :)
     
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    No, it's becoming quite common.

    My present HTC phone has an /sdcard partition cut out from internal storage, and a physical sd card mounted as /sdcard2. (*)

    Only the /sdcard2 is available in usb mass storage mode.

    The /sdcard partition is only available via MTP (as is the /sdcard2).

    This all began with Honeycomb and the Xoom.


    (* Note - sdcard and sdcard2 are links to the actual mount points that vary depending on whether I'm running ics or jb, but the concept and rules I've mentioned are not affected by my shortcut in explaining.)
     
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    The s3 has no UMS either, on any partition
     
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    I have a camera or two that give you either option, buried deep in a maze of menus naturally. If you're willing to "dive to the bottom" you might find the same on your phone. BTW, the Linux implementation of Media Transfer Protocol works quite well. :) It seems like the FOSS community has a real talent for turning all things Microsoft (or Apple) into truly useful software. :D
     
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    I'd suggest using QtADB. It has a nice interface and incorporates other ADB stuff as well. It isn't hard to set up, but if you're looking for something a little easier, install Airdroid. Wifi is fine for small files, and if you connect your PC to your phone via USB tethering, you'll get very fast transfer speeds. This is actually faster than ADB--I've transferred a gigabyte over about 2 minutes using this method.

    I won't argue that USB mass storage is easiest, but the read/write speeds of eMMC coupled with a modern FS like ext4 make even the fastest class-10 sdcards feel painfully slow.
     

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