Sometimes, 32GB of free space is just too much for some users, especially if you use your phone simply as a phone—not a personal media player. So, what to do with all those extra bytes? Well, you could let them remain free, lonely 00000000s in a world of 00110001s, but is that really allowing them live up to their full potential?
Any user who spends a significant amount of time on their computer has something important to backup, and even if you have a lone external drive whirring away, protecting your precious data, there is always the possibility—however remote, that it may fail, along with your primary copy. Losing data is not fun, so there is no reason not to exploit every nook and cranny of available space to ensure your cat photos are never lost.
Back in the good ol’ days, users could simply enable “disk mode” on their iPods, allowing them to access it as an external drive, but with the latest generation of touch-screen devices, Apple has removed this wonderful feature. There are various grey-market applications available for jailbroken devices, but where’s the love for us vanilla users?
Phone Disk, a Windows/Mac application designed to mount any iDevice as a disk drive, will be absolutely free until the 1st of December. The app seamlessly mounts your iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad directly into Finder or Windows Explorer, so you don’t have to fiddle with any hack-y workarounds.
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.
If you’re like me, you’ve lost more flash drives than you can keep count of, so try using something a little more permanent as your backup drive of choice.