In Android 3.0, the connection to the PC as a Mass Storage Controller feature was removed.
Is there a way to access the MTP-mounted phone as a drive letter? I want standard file manager programs (e.g. Total Commander) to work.
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In theory, there is not a way to access your phone's memory card with a drive letter, because, as you said, Android now connects it as an MTP device, and not as a Mass Storage device. But, there are two solutions:
There are applications like FTPUse and NetDrive that will map that FTP address to a drive letter. I used NetDrive on Windows XP, but couldn't get it to work on Windows 7 64-bits, so now I use FTPUse, and it's working fine.
So, it's not exactly the same, and it's a bit slower, but it works, and I am able to browse folders, erase files, etc, and even use applications like WinDirStat to analyze folder sizes etc.
My method is based on the answer suggesting WebDAV. It could be replicated by an FTP, Samba, or other networked file server. Essentially, you start a WebDAV server on your Android device and mount it as a network drive. Your phone's IP must be visible to the computer you want to browse the files on. Generally, this means you must be on the same local network. This solution exposes your phone's filesystem to your local network and could cause some security issues. I do not recommend it for untrusted networks.
First, get and install a WebDAV server app on your Android device. I used WebDAV Server because the interface is simple, it was the first app in my search and the price is right (free!). Start your WebDAV server app and get its address. This should be something like
Next, open Computer in Windows Explorer. In the toolbar, under the address bar, click "Map Network Drive." Enter the address in the box labeled folder. Click finish. If the mapping fails, make sure you can ping the IP address of your phone.
Boom! Your device should now show up in Computer as the drive letter you selected (Z: by default).
I've created a program called AndroidDrive that detects Android devices connected by USB and creates a drive containing the Android device's internal storage. It's free and open-source and does not require rooting (though it requires USB debugging to be enabled, see below). You can download a ZIP file with the program and its dependencies here. For it to work, you also need to install Dokan (I have no association with the people who made Dokan).
For it to be able to detect and interact with your Android device, you need to enable USB debugging. To do so, follow these steps:
When AndroidDrive is running, it will automatically detect any Android devices that are connected by USB with USB debugging enabled, and create a drive for each of those devices. Here is a screenshot:
You can try to install a WebDAV server to the android device, then mount the WebDAV server as a drive on Windows 7. Here is a free WebDAV server from Google Play (Of course, there are many other WebDAV servers in Google Play). And the steps to mount the WebDAV server as a drive on Windows 7.
TotalAndDroid 4.0 - this plugin for Total Commander does not give you a drive letter, but besides this - does the job. You can see all files of your Android device on the TC panel and do all regular operations.