Using the iPhone or iPad as External Drive

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DiskAid's USB Key Feature


DiskAid connects to the file system of the iOS devices (iPod touch, iPhone or iPad) and in doing so allows the device to be used as a mass storage device (a USB Key, if you like).

This feature resembles the former iPods “Disk Mode” with the following differences:

  • The device will not automatically “mount” on the machine’s desktop
  • The device storage can be read either on a Mac or on a PC (no formatting required)
  • DiskAid needs to be downloaded and installed (for free) for the storage to be visible to a computer

Also, just like in “Disk Mode”, the data in storage cannot be accessed from the device directly. To access the data on the go, browse files and view contents, use FileApp our free iPhone file browser and multimedia player, as explained below.


Browsing Files on the Device

With FileApp installed, click the FileApp icon in the left navigation pane before copying files in order to make sure to transfer files to the app's document folder.
In order to use the files you would like to transfer to the device, those files need to be sent to a location where they can be accessed on the device. FileApp our own (free) files browser and media player app is available from the App Store for that.

Also within FileApp, tap the "refresh" button - a circled arrow in the top toolbar to see the files and folder appear within FileApp right after being copied.

For more there's a quick starter guide on FileApp.



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