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Old 08-31-2012, 07:50 PM   #1
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any Android that shows a drive letter in Windows 7?

I'm in the market for a new Android tablet and would really like one that shows up with a drive letter when connected to my Windows 7 netbook. Is that a function of Android or Windows 7 that keeps the letter from being assigned?
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Old 08-31-2012, 07:57 PM   #2
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I'm in the market for a new Android tablet and would really like one that shows up with a drive letter when connected to my Windows 7 netbook. Is that a function of Android or Windows 7 that keeps the letter from being assigned?
Some Android tablets use UMS, and will show up as a letter on your Windows PC, usually the first available after C.

Other tablets user the MTP interface (most recent ones), and they do not show as a letter, but as a device (like a camera would).
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Some Android tablets use UMS, and will show up as a letter on your Windows PC, usually the first available after C.

Other tablets user the MTP interface (most recent ones), and they do not show as a letter, but as a device (like a camera would).

Thanks, off to google UMS and Android - hopefully to find some that have it.
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Thanks, off to google UMS and Android - hopefully to find some that have it.
Why do you want it to be detected as a drive if you want it because you want to use calibre then you can use calibre companion app. All the latest Android tablets that have no sd card support won't have usb hard disk support.
And to get the best experience on an android tablet you need at least ICS.
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Why do you want it to be detected as a drive if you want it because you want to use calibre then you can use calibre companion app. All the latest Android tablets that have no sd card support won't have usb hard disk support.
And to get the best experience on an android tablet you need at least ICS.
Ah, but Companion uses wifi and I camp for long periods of time in the Ntl Forests with just my tablet and netbook - no wifi and limited internet access. Companion is great when I'm home with wifi access.
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Well we can hope for Chaley or Kovid coming up with a mtp driver for calibre. Now as more devices are going mtp the current way calibre is not as useful for many devices.
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I believe that android switched from UMS to MTP to avoid problems with OTA updates while a drive was shared with a host PC.

You can change an android device from MTP to UMS by unloading the MTP gadget and loading a USB Mass Storage Device gadget in the android device. Or you can change your startup scripts to always start up as a UMS device. But remember that the default USB gadget was changed for a reason (as mentioned above).

You might find this useful:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=683223
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I know that the Kobo Vox is not the most highly regarded device out there but it does do what you want:shows up as a drive letter on your computer when usb storage is enabled. It's really a reader with tablet features, runs on Gingerbread and has gotten better since its last update as far as battery life and other features. It has a specially treated screen to make reading outdoors in sunlight easier than most other tablets. It's cheap, can be found for $180 or less.
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Old 09-01-2012, 02:04 PM   #9
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I know that the Kobo Vox is not the most highly regarded device out there but it does do what you want:shows up as a drive letter on your computer when usb storage is enabled. It's really a reader with tablet features, runs on Gingerbread and has gotten better since its last update as far as battery life and other features. It has a specially treated screen to make reading outdoors in sunlight easier than most other tablets. It's cheap, can be found for $180 or less.
I have no problem with the Vox except I've decided, after looking at several 7" tablets, that they are just too small. Right now I'm considering the 7.7" Toshiba Excite and the 8.2" Motorola Droid xyboard and leaning towards the droid.

Edit; Nope, not the droid - the verizon salesman said it had a microsd slot, but turns out it does not - a deal breaker for me.

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On my Note I can manually switch to UMS, and then in Windows 7 I see 2 drives with letter (one for the SD Card). Default it say N7000, the Note.
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Yes, I also see two drive letters for my Note, which I use as a tablet, not a phone. Though I don't think I have ever had to "switch" it, I just connect it to the computer. Mine is an AT&T model though.
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My Nook Tablet shows up as a drive, two drives if I have an SD card in it.
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Well looks like Kovid is releasing beta MTP drivers next week so you dont have to worry about this anymore

https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=190708
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Well looks like Kovid is releasing beta MTP drivers next week so you dont have to worry about this anymore

https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=190708
Kovid (and his helpers) do an unbelievable job! I'm really looking forward to this release!
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Ah, but Companion uses wifi and I camp for long periods of time in the Ntl Forests with just my tablet and netbook - no wifi and limited internet access. Companion is great when I'm home with wifi access.
You can set up an ad hoc WiFi connection with your netbook. I think-you definitely can on a Win7 laptop. I see no reason (other than possible M$ marketing) why a netbook would be different.
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