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Tutorial: How to Move Files from a PC to the Samsung A900 / A900M

     
                                                                               
   
The Samsung SPH-A900 and A900M mobile phones - sold by Sprint as the MM-A900 and MM-A900M respectively - feature a segment of internal memory called "Mass Storage." This Mass Storage file store is accessible from any Windows XP PC with USB connectivity as a removable drive. Once you've established a connection between your PC and the A900, you can transfer files to and from the handset, just as you would with any other drive.
  

Step 1: Install the Samsung A900 / A900M Windows Driver

In order for the Samsung A900 to communicate properly with your Windows PC, you'll need to download and install the appropriate driver.  Click the link below to download the ZIP file containing the driver and its required data files: 

http://pocketpccentral.net/drivers/SPH-A900.zip

Once downloaded and extracted, run setup.exe to initiate the installation process.

The Contents of the Samsung Driver ZIP File

 

You may get a warning about the driver, stating that it has not been cleared by Microsoft.  Ignore it and continue with the installation.  Note that this driver has been designed for use with Windows XP, not Windows Vista.

 

Step 2: Connect the Samsung A900 / A900M to Your PC

When the driver installation process has completed, restart your PC.  After rebooting, use an A900-compatible USB cable to connect the Samsung A900 to one of your PC's USB ports.  You'll see a "Found New Hardware" alert and your PC will walk you through the hardware installation process.  

Your PC should detect and recognize the Samsung A900...

 

When the Hardware Wizard completes the installation, use the A900 handset and navigate to Menu > Tools > Mass Storage > Connect to PC.  This manual activation is necessary for the connection - the A900 will not be recognized by the PC without activating the "Connect to PC" function in the phone's software menu.   

 

Step 3: Seeing the Samsung A900 / A900M As a Drive

Now that you've installed the Samsung USB driver and set up the A900 as a device the PC can detect and use, you're ready to begin transferring files to and from the handset. When you select the "Connect to PC" option in the Mass Storage menu on the A900, the phone connects to your Windows PC.  The A900 now shows up in My Computer as a removable drive.  

Windows Assigns the Samsung A900 a Drive Letter - In Our Case, Drive F...

 

Step 4: Using the Samsung A900 / A900M As a Drive

Once connected, the Samsung A900 works like any other drive.  You can move, edit, delete, copy, cut and paste files. 

In this step, we'll transfer an MP3 audio file to the A900, but you can use the same method to transfer any type of file you like.

On our Windows Desktop, drive letters C through E are taken up by hard disk drives. Therefore, Windows XP has assigned the Samsung A900 the drive letter F.  This will vary from system to system.  To access the Mass Storage on the A900, just double-click the drive letter your system assigns.

You'll see a set of four folders: Bluetooth, DCIM, Filestore and Media.  The Bluetooth folder serves a function, but for the purposes of this tutorial, we will focus on the Filestore, DCIM and Media folders, which together make up the Samsung A900 Mass Storage file store.

By Default, the File Store Contains Four Folders...

 

Think of the Filestore folder as a digital mule; it is designed to provide storage space to move any type of file from to one place to the other.  Say, for example, you create a document in Microsoft Word that you need to take to the office for completion.  This could easily be done by transferring the .DOC file to the Filestore folder, just like you would transfer the file to a USB thumb drive. 

The DCIM folder is the home for files you create with the A900. Whether you take still shots or video with the A900, they're stored inside the DCIM folder. 

The DCIM folder of the A900 contains files created with the A900 itself; photos and videos captured with the onboard camera, for example...

 

If you want to move image files to the A900 to use as Caller ID photos, wallpaper, etc., the files must be transferred into the DCIM folder.  The image and video files created by the A900 and stored in the DCIM folder can also be transferred to your PC for viewing. The 3G2 video files created by the A900's camcorder feature are easily viewed on your PC or Mac with Apple's Quicktime multimedia software.

The Media folder is where all audio files must be transferred for playback on the A900. MP3 audio files transferred into this folder will show up in the Mass Storage drive on the A900 for playback in Media Player.  Unfortunately, audio files transferred to the A900 are not accessible as ringtones.  To create your own A900 ringtones from MP3 files, check out XingTone Ringtone Maker.

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