Those people at XDA are crazy like hell. And that is precisely why we like them. With loads of new tweaks and hacks, they make sure you get all (and by all we literally mean ALL) the value of your hard earned money.

This time, they bring you the much missed feat of the legacy WinMo devices: using them as external storage. Being a developer centric news network, we could not resist posting this wonderful trick here. According to the member cdguider:

With the new Microsoft Windows Phone 7 platform the possibility of having access to the file system on your device has disappeared compared to the Older Windows Phones. However with a couple simple registry edits you are able to have access again to the file system on your Windows Phone 7 , just like an USB drive.

All that you have to do is to do some registry tweaking and voila, magic…!! As per the XDA forums, this is how it happens:

•Open Windows Registry Editor by typing regedit in your start menu•Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEM

•Then go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetEnumUSB (and not the other ControlSet01 or 02 if you have them) and then search for ZuneDriver using the Edit-> Find in the top menu bar

•One of the folders you will find close by is named VID_045E&PID_04EC&MI_00

•The sub folder under one or two below are your possible devices. In my case there are 2 devices.

RegEdit 300x142 Use you WP7 device as external storage

•Change ShowInShell from 0 to 1<- this enable Windows Explorer to show the device when pluged in
•Change PortableDeviceNameSpaceExcludeFromShell from 1 to 0

•Change EnableLegacySupport from 0 to 1 <- this enables Windows Explorer to detect the device.

•You can repeat these steps for your other sub-folders under VID_045E&PID_04EC&MI_00 if you have more devices.

Now you just connect your Windows Phone 7 device to your desktop. Your Zune Desktop can start up automatically. Once it is done close your Zune Desktop application and now you will be able to see and browse your device as a drive in “My Computer”

WARNING: Attempt this only if you know what you are doing, since registry editing can cause problems in computer. To know more about the whole process and ask questions, visit the XDA FORUMS HERE.

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