How to wirelessly manage Dell Streak microSD card from Windows computer

Streak-rapfox-ftp

Even though inexpensive spare cables for the Dell Streak are becoming easier to find, I still prefer to do as much as I can without having to plug anything in. I download .zip files and flash new ROMs directly, update software, install apps, and make use of as many "push to phone" services out there. And now I access, transfer files, and manage my Streak's microSD card wirelessly too.

Find out how you can do it on your Windows computer below.

This tutorial originally appeared on Good and EVO, my HTC EVO site.

All we're really going to do is install an FTP server app on the Streak and then map the card as a network drive using Windows Explorer, so if you already know how to do that, then feel free to jump ahead and use any app/method you want.

For everyone else, let's get started.

IMPORTANT: This method will only work when the Streak and computer are connected to the same WiFi network or tethered to each other (i.e., when there's a static address). If you're on a 3G connnection, you'll need to use a standard FTP client on your computer.

1. Download Rapfox's FTP Server (free) from the Market.

Rapfox-qr

There are other FTP servers you could use, but I like this app because it's free, very basic, and dead-simple to use.

Rapfox1

Rapfox2

2. Open the app on your Streak and tap Start. You can change the username and password by tapping Options.

3. On your Windows computer, go to Windows Explorer/Computer and click the "Map a Network Drive" button at the top.

4. Follow the on-screen prompts to map a drive. The steps will vary slightly depending on which version of Windows you're using. In Windows 7, which is what I'm using, the steps are:

  • Select a drive letter.
  • Click "Connect to a Web site that you can use to store your documents and pictures," which launches the Add Network Location wizard.
  • Click Next > Choose a custom network location > Next.
  • Type the address shown in the FTP URL line in the Rapfox app on your Streak and follow the rest of the prompts.

When it's properly set up, the folder will appear in Windows Explorer/Computer, as shown in the first screenshot above.

5. Now whenever you want to access your Streak's microSD card, all you have to do is start the FTP Server app on your Streak and then open the folder on your computer. When you're done, just tap the Stop button.

It's fast, easy, and so much more convenient than using the cable.

This tutorial originally appeared on Good and EVO, my HTC EVO site.

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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