I'm looking to access the filesystem of an iPhone 3Gs iOS 6.1.6 via Windows 8.1:
- i will never use it as a phone.
- i do not want to install iTunes or any Apple software whatsoever
I'm looking to build up a technical stack so that I can interact with the iPhone just like I do with non-Apple devices like cell phones, Kindle, digital cameras, personal dictation recorders, flash drives, et cetera.
I simply connect it via USB and want it to act like a USB drive.
Unfortunately, Windows doesn't treat the iPhone 3Gs intuitively like a USB mass storage device. This could be my fault for being a newbie to this particular device.
Example ~~ "Spock" is my computer:
i plug in the 3Gs; this folder opens
that folder contains
Spock\Apple iPhone\Internal Storage;
Spock\Apple iPhone\Internal Storage\DCIM;
However, i can do NOTHING at all in this empty DCIM folder.
Ctrl+Shift+nwill not create a folder; instead i get this dialog:
_____ Error Creating Folder _____
(X) the new folder could not be created in this location
The device has either stopped responding or has been disconnected.
However, i click
OKand the 3Gs is not disconnected because i can still go back and forth among the folders that the 3Gs allows me to see.
Spock\Apple iPhone, i see that the
Internal Storage has 5.76 GB free of 6.19 GB, so it's also not a space issue.
Also, i've taken pictures with the 3Gs and instead of an empty DCIM folder, i should see sub-folders instead of
This folder is empty.
What options exist to emulate the Apple USB controller software stack I am forgoing by not installing iTunes on Windows?
Spock\Apple iPhone\Internal Storage\DCIM\860OKMZO now appears but only recently.
contents (Windows 8.1 details view):
IMG_0007.JPG IMG_0008.JPG IMG_00012.JPG IMG_00013.JPG IMG_00014.JPG
also Windows 8.1 details view shows folder
860OKMZO was created 2015-08-24.
*.JPG files shown above can be selected in Windows 8.1 can be copy/pasted into a Windows 8.1 folder; however, copy/paste from Windows 8.1 to the 3Gs folder
860OKMZO is not possible.
2015-09-10 update END
2015-09-10 update #2:
since my last post, i've taken a combination of 42 photographs and videos; the 3Gs shows 47 items but again for
Spock\Apple iPhone\Internal Storage\DCIM, the folder
DCIMdisplays "This folder is empty."
2015-09-10 update #2 END