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Background: Until a few days ago, I was happy with my Android 2.3 phone, and its Media Storage via USB cable : syncing my computer's D:/MusicLibrary/ folder with my phone's 128GB external SD Card was possible in one line with xxcopy.


With my non-rooted Android 4.2.2, I don't have Media Storage anymore, but only MTP. As mentionned in many other questions, this doesn't give a drive letter anymore by default. The only solutions I see to sync my computer's music library folder with my phone's SD card are very complex now, in comparison to the good-old-Android-2.3-way :

  • use FTP server (argh!) or Samba techniques
  • root my phone to allow Media Storage via a specific plugin
  • complex solutions with adb pull, but this won't track which files have been changed, so I would need to write different script to track changes, etc. (re-argh!)

Is there a simple solution to sync: computer folder <-> Android 4 phone's SD card folder, via MTP, with Windows 7?


Remark: Funnily, the tag about MTP says The Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) is a protocol which purpose is to facilitate the transfer of media files and associated metadata to/from devices.. In such a case, it seems that it doesn't facilitate but makes things worse instead.

  • MTP isn't really compatible with most software, so I suggest an intermediary layer like mtpdrive.com so that everything that can interact with a normal drive-letter device will work. (Essentially this would allow you to reuse your old xcopy solution.) – Matthew Read May 28 '16 at 23:12
  • I'm currently testing it since half an hour, but it's buggy as hell compared to good old Media Storage which was 100% safe and robust. – Basj May 28 '16 at 23:22
  • If Matthew's comment doesn't help, the only way you can get back Media Storage back is rooting your device. – Gokul NC May 29 '16 at 5:39
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    Or you can write a batch script to do it (using ADB). You can use adb's pull command for copying a file, before that, you may need to somehow check the time differences between files in computer and device (which `xcopy' does easily). – Gokul NC May 29 '16 at 9:24
  • @GokulNC It's strange how somethink that worked easily with Android 2.3 (even my mother would have been able to set up a backup with any Windows backup soft and the phone using a drive letter with Mass Storage) now becomes a power-user task, using scripts, USB debugging, adb pull, etc. :) – Basj May 29 '16 at 13:11

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