Drive letter mapping
'MTPdrive' application
'MTPdrive Settings' application for configuring the MTPdrive
'Filename Format Builder' application
Windows Explorer integration
Drive letter mapping
  • MTPdrive maps MTP devices to a drive in Windows, allowing any application to access files in the device, including command-line and scripts based.
  • Integrates the mapped drive into the "Removable Storage" section of the Windows Explorer.
  • Offers Read and Write access to the files in the device (write access may not be supported by your device).
  • Sets the volume label of the mapped MTP device to '<device name/alias>@ MTPdrive', eg. 'D610 @ MTPdrive' for Nikon D610. There might be added storage card name into the volume label, eg.'[Phone]', if two storage cards in a device are mapped separately. The trial version of the MTPdrive appends '(TRIAL)' text to the end of the volume label.
  • Does not allow changing the volume label.
  • Shows 'MTPdriveFS' as the file system name of the MTPdrive mapped drives.
  • Provides custom drive icon, it can be either icon provided by the MTPdrive or the same as the device's icon in the Windows Explorer.

'MTPdrive' application
  • Lists all free/unused drive letters, indicates which drive letter is already mapped to a device.
  • Lists all MTP devices connected to the computer.
  • Allows map/disconnect a drive letter to/from a device:
    • Device can be mapped to a drive letter only once.
    • Trial version allows only one device to be mapped to a drive letter at once.
    • Registered version allows multiple different devices to be mapped to different drive letters at the same time.
  • Offers launching MTPdrive configuration settings dialog.
  • Trial version shows the limits and counters, registered version shows the registration details.

'MTPdrive Settings' application
  • PROFILES - Provides a way to customize each device through profiles. A device profile gets created automatically once a device is mapped to a drive letter for the first time:
    • Preferred drive letter
    • Optionally preferred second drive letter for dual memory card devices
    • Enable/disable automatic mapping of the device upon its connection to the system, not asking for drive letter (works in registered version only)
    • Device alias which gets included in the drive name visible in the Windows Explorer
    • File/directory structure showed on the mapped drive - original or virtual
      • Using original file/directory structure allows fine-tuning of the access to the files. You can either collect information about all the files on a device before the drive mapping is done (can be slow), or have the directory structure filled on-demand as you browse through the directories. The later can provide instant access to the device regardless how many files are present on the device. However when using this on-demand approach, in some cases you can experience that the Windows Explorer "freezes" when a directory with lots of files is accessed. Its because it takes time to collect the information about all the files in that particular directory. To alleviate this symptom you can specify progressive filling of the directory listings. If used, in the Windows Explorer the directory content would be automatically refreshed (the number of files would grow), in other file managers you may need to do manual directory refresh several times to see all the files eventually. If the mapped device contains two storage cards then each card is mapped as a separate drive letter (this cannot be turned off).

      • When using virtual file/directory structure the MPTdrive has to collect information about all the files on a device before the drive mapping can be done, which can be slow, but you can use your own file/directory name format to simplify navigation through the device and identification of the files. For more details refer to the 'Filename Format Builder' section.

        Note: In this mode only reading and deleting is allowed. The write access is disabled (for write access you need to use original file/directory structure - if device supports it).

  • SETTINGS - Allows setting following parameters:
    • Location and size of the MTPdrive cache, where temporary files with partially transferred files are stored.
    • Collecting diagnostic data.
    • Battery level check of the current device being mapped. This is useful to avoid mapping device with depleted battery, which could result in transfer errors if device shuts down due to flat battery.
    • Language of the MTPdrive product.
    • Behavior when a device is connected to the system - let the Windows/user handle it (via the Windows AutoPlay or Device Stage features), or have the MTPdrive launched automatically for any MTP device (existing or newly installed).

      Note: To automatically map a device to a drive letter, without user intervention, you need to have a valid registration key and enabled 'Map automatically' in the device's profile. In order to cover also newly installed devices (where there is no device profile present yet), you need to enable 'Map automatically' in the '<default profile>'.

    • Behavior when a device is mapped to a drive letter - use MTPdrive icon or device's icon from the Windows Explorer; open the Windows Explorer with the newly mapped drive letter preselected.

  • ABOUT - Shows additional information about the product:
    • Allows entering of a registration key to unlock the trial version.
    • Offers checking if a newer version of the MTPdrive is available on the Internet.

'Filename Format Builder' application
  • Offers intuitive way of building the file/directory name format for using with the virtual file/directory structure type.
  • Supports creating virtual directories which can be used for grouping files.
  • Allows building the filename using file metadata:
    • Original filename (full or partial name)
    • Counter with configurable number of digits
    • Date and time when a file was created, selectable in various formats

      All the above metadata are substituted with real data from the files at the time the device is mapped to a drive letter and file list is populated. The original filenames are not physically changed in the device.

      The final filename can contain user-defined strings and metadata, in any combination. The whole filename can be converted to lowercase, uppercase, or left as is. The window of the Filename Format Builder is resizable to accommodate large amount of metadata items selected and/or text entered.

  • Supports drag & drop editing.
  • In real-time shows how the final filename would look like.

Windows Explorer integration
  • Extends context menu of the mapped drive in the Windows Explorer by adding "Disconnect MTP drive" menu item to terminate drive letter mapping:

  • Adds a 'MTPdrive' property page to the mapped drive's property pages in the Windows Explorer:
    • Lists all MTP properties of the device
    • Shows trial limits or registration details

  • Can utilize the same device icons as present in the Windows Explorer:


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