DiskAid: Transfer Files between iPhone & Computer via USB

December 18, 2008 — by Simon Ng23



DiskAid: Transfer Files between iPhone & Computer via USB

December 18, 2008 — by Simon Ng23

Thanks for our reader Alan’s email. He reminded me to introduce DiskAid, that has been around for quite a while. DiskAid is a freeware that lets you transfer files between iPhone / iPod and computer and enables your iPhone as USB thumb drive.

I have introduced how you can transfer files wirelessly between computer and iPhone via SSH. But not all iPhone users are capable to use SSH or wireless connection is not always available.

In this case, DiskAid will be the right tool for you. DiskAid provides an intuitive user interface (like file explorer) and lets you transfer files with USB connection. Just connect your iPhone to computer via USB cable and launch DiskAid. DiskAid automatically detects the iPhone and show you the files on iPhone.

DiskAid comes with three types of folder selections: DiskAid, media and root folder. DiskAid folder is for you to put any files (e.g. document, excel, powerpoint) to carry on-the-go. When select media folder, DiskAid shows to the image folder of iPhone. You can copy photos in camera roll directly to computer. You may not need to access the root folder normally unless you need to hack some of the iPhone settings.

DiskAid is compatible with both Windows (XP & Vista) and Mac OS X. It supports iPhone 2G & 3G with firmware 1.1.1 to 2.2.

DiskAid is free to download. You can download it directly from this download link.

DiskAid is not the only tool in this area. You may also consider iPhoneBrowser as alternative.

Simon Ng

Founder, developer and chief blogger of

  • mabel

    do my phone need to be jail break before i can use DiskAid?

  • @mabel, DiskAid works with both jailbreak and non-jailbreak iPhone.

  • kenneth

    Simon, thanks for the postings.
    couple questions, how do I transfer photos from my mac to iphone? and videos?
    i downloaded the Mplayer, but it can not find any videos on my iphone. which folder should i copy the files to?
    thanks a lot.

  • fortd09

    Hi. Can I install sbsettings & also winterboard with DiskAid? I don’t have wifi to download with cydia.


    how to download themes from pc to iphone via diskaid?

  • Jarin

    Thanks for the review. I already backed up my iPhone 3G with CopyTrans.

  • Debs

    If you want to learn more about iPod to computer transfer programs, check this blog:

  • monico

    After updating iTunes to 9, I had a problem connecting my iPhone 2G with 3.0 firmware via USB using Tunnelier. I checked DiskAid and it works perfectly.Thanks.

  • rose

    why cant i access the root folder?

  • monico

    rose – you need to jailbreak your device to access the root folder

    And one more thought about DiskAid. The version for Windows is quite slow, you need to wait for refreshing data every time you explore new folder, but the version for Mac is working really fast. Well, no surprise about that 🙂

  • hey there..

    Ive jailbroken my ipod touch 2g 3.1.2 using cydia n blackra1n

    Ive installed a couple of apps and themes via cydia wifi.
    now my wifi is broken and I need to install more stuff, so I have to use diskaid or iphoneexplorer right??

    But the problem is , none of those programs let me browse my ipod’s “root” directory :s

    on diskaid, it says : “sorry you need to have a jailbroken device to view root partition”

    and on iphone explorer, root folder is just blacked out :s disabled :s

    what the heck is this ?? my ipod is jailbroken ive installed many themes and apps … what now ??

    Please help me 🙁

  • Chrisso

    please install afc2add service from cydia.

  • Leana

    Thanks for the useful info. I am not able to transfer themes to my iphone 3G using diskaid. Is there any program to Call Log? I downloaded a program called Recent_CallLog_Delete_1.0.deb but how do I transfer it to my phone with DiskAid?

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  • mpampis

    so i DL’d disk aid, transfered pdf files to my iphone.

    but how can i read them? i have both pdf reader and good reader but i cant find the files in the phone? how do i find them?

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  • enoh

    Can I delete cydia apps using diskaid??

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    Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with the same subjects?
    Thanks a lot!

    • Effie


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  • Kyle Myers

    Thanks for the upload!! Cool!

    Though did you know that there was a new app, that as for me is better, designed specifically for that kind of stuff? Yeah, check it out, its called iStick by Softorino Inc.

    Pretty fancy:)