Phone Disk for Mac and Windows
I saw this today on Lifehacker and decided to give it a try. I’ve downloaded it and will be playing with it over the next few days.
I’m going to give you my first impressions on this, then in a few days, I’ll come back and give you the full run down. In the meantime, take a look at my first impressions and then head on over to Macro Planet and take a look as it’s only free till December 1st of this year (2010). And don’t forget to grab the code for it as well, you’ll need that or you’ll need to pay the $10.00 for the app.
It was easy to download and install, as all Mac software is, and I’m assuming the Windows version is just as simple. I’ll have to fire up the virtual machine and give it a whirl. Anyhow, after the usual agreement etc, it opened up and placed an icon in the upper bar. It’s grey when not connected and yellow when it is.
Opening up the menu for the app will give you several options:
- Check For Updates
- Welcome Screen
- Device (takes you to the mounted device information)
About, Help, Check for updates and Quit are pretty much self explanatory. The welcome screen brings up the screen that pops up the first time you open the software, the device takes you to the mounted device information.
Preferences is where there comes in some customization.
By moving over to the device menu, you can reveal it in the finder, change the root folder, unmount the device and get device information.
There’s some good information that you can pick up from in the information screen, free space, UID, etc. For some reason it didn’t pull some of the information for my phone, but that’s not the real reason I was interested in it.
Mounting the device is simple, you start the app, connect the device and boom, there it is.
You can navigate around pretty simple, just navigate as you would any other folder.
One warning though, the information that is stored on the device (music, pictures, etc) isn’t labeled with the correct names. It’s named with a ‘code’. It is identified however with the extension of the file, so you can figure out if it’s a music file or picture, etc.
I’m going to use this to transfer back and forth some information and use it to bounce files from one system to another. See how it works. I’m sure it’s just like a USB stick, but we’ll see. I’ll give you my thoughts on it in a few days.
iPad, iTouch or iPhone Disk Mode is made easy with Phone Disk. Using your standard USB cable, this tiny program runs in the menu bar or system tray of your Mac or PC. When it finds an iPod Touch or iPhone it seamlessly mounts it to your file system so you can directly access its files using Windows Explorer, Finder and every other program.