When I plug my [Android 9] phone into my [Windows 10] PC, it appears in the Windows filesystem within
This PC and has a (virtual) folder within it called
Internal shared storage, with various folders within.
I can copy files/folders to/from there no problem. But if I want to use an application that references a folder (e.g. WinMerge, to check that the files I copied have actually all been copied), when I select the folder on the phone, it gives an error: "Folder Selection. File not found. Check the filename and try again." If I try and copy the path of the phone's folder from Windows File Explorer, I simply get
This PC\[phone]\Internal shared storage\[folder] which is obviously not a UNC path that any application or the system would recognize (and isn't).
There must be some UNC representation of the path to a folder on the phone (which Windows uses internally), and a means of determining it. What is it?
An alternative approach would be if there was a way of cajoling Windows to create a 'mapped drive' for the phone, in the same way as would happen when plugging in a USB stick (or an older phone or camera). Suggestions in this department also welcome.