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  • Level 28  
    I have a Huawei Mate 10 lite smartphone and I noticed that when it connects to a computer (Windows 8 64-bit), it looks in the system not as a disk or flash drive, but as a portable / multimedia device. This means that no program other than Windows Explorer can see the phone, and therefore I can not use the HxD or DMDE program, so if I wanted to, I could not make a copy of the sectoral phone memory or even an SD card (I could only after removing the card and inserted into the reader). Recently, a colleague asked me to try to recover some files from the phone (it was a Samsung smartphone, but I do not remember the model), but there was the same problem and I could not make a post-sectoral copy. And if he saw it as a disk, I'd make a copy and try in DMDE.

    How can you force Windows to treat connected smartphones as disks / USB drives or what to do in all programs when displaying the list of media present this smartphone?

    How can you safely remove the device after uploading some files to the phone? Unlike pendrives, there is no icon for safe disconnection, and I am allergic to it, because I had many times the situation that after uploading files to the pen drive and disconnecting it without safely deleting, these files were not or were damaged, the lack of secure disconnection was the cause of the problem and the only solution was to upload the files again.
  • Moderator - Computers Service
    andrzejlisek wrote:
    How can you safely remove the device after uploading some files to the phone? Unlike pendrives, there is no icon for safe disconnection, and I am allergic to it, because I had many times the situation that after uploading files to the pen drive and disconnecting it without safely deleting, these files were not or were damaged, the lack of secure disconnection was the cause of the problem and the only solution was to upload the files again

    I have Huawei 2 different models and for example in Windows7 normally appears the "safe disconnect" icon => or "Eject media".
    As my friend has Windows8, I would have to start the laptop and check with curiosity.
  • Specialist - HDD and data recovery
    I did not play with the phone settings, but my Huawei G620S Windows 7 sees as a multimedia device also and it is not possible to copy data via DMDE. I remember that it was the same with the Samsung L760 when MTP mode was selected in the USB settings. You may need to change the device's operating mode after connecting the USB, although I admit that I did not have the opportunity to verify.
  • Level 28  
    This is a photo of another phone, but I have exactly the same options, only different names.
    A portable device as a disk

    What I described above was in MTP mode. If I connect in PTP mode, I only have access to the photo folders and it works the same way.
  • Level 43  
    I had the same problem of my time. Android, probably from version 4.8 (I may have mistaken versions) has the Mass storage option blocked. You won't do anything on the Windows side, here you need to apply either the appropriate soft for Android (if there is, for example, a program that dumps the memory contents raw to the card - directly or to the bin file) or its manual modification (rooting, then forcing it to mount the memory as a disk and he made it available via USB - let people who know Unix systems well have their say). It's soft for memory cards (usb enabler), I haven't found a way for internal memory so far. There is still hardware desoldering memory but this is far beyond the methods of minimally invasive and widely available.
  • Level 28  
    RADU23 wrote:
    andrzejlisek wrote:
    How can you safely remove the device after uploading some files to the phone? Unlike pendrives, there is no icon for safe disconnection, and I am allergic to it, because I had many times the situation that after uploading files to the pen drive and disconnecting it without safely deleting, these files were not or were damaged, the lack of secure disconnection was the cause of the problem and the only solution was to upload the files again

    I have Huawei 2 different models and for example in Windows7 normally appears the "safe disconnect" icon => or "Eject media".
    As my friend has Windows8, I would have to start the laptop and check with curiosity.


    For me, this icon also appears, but through it you can disconnect only the carrier with the driver, which presents itself as a CD drive with the disc, and the phone memory can not be disconnected this way.
  • Level 28  
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    helmud7543 wrote:
    here you need to apply either the appropriate soft for Android (if there is, for example, a program that dumps the contents of the memory raw to the card - directly or to the bin file) or its manual modification (rooting, then forcing it to mount the memory as a disk and shared via USB - people who know it well let Unix systems speak out)

    Which method is used by companies recovering data from phones? The basis of the recovery is the lack of any modification of the memory on which the files are saved. While there is no problem with the SD card, how is the internal memory? Installing anything on your phone will overwrite it.

    How can I transfer data such as the list of numbers and SMSes to my computer? If data recovery companies do this, it means that they can, but are they needed expensive and complicated devices?
  • Level 3  
    I recommend trying to start some Unix live on a bootable USB flash drive (e.g. Linux mint) and check - with Android 6 it helped (the phone did not want to work with 7).