When a file system is nothing but a virtual simulation

All is not gold that glitters, as they say. All does not have a true file system that is an external storage. This can be just a file system simulation.

The way it works

The Windows operating system does not connect all mobile devices as an actual file system. Some of them, especially Android or iOS, have specific ways of connection: They only apply special data transfer protocols to establish relation with the PC. Although the mobile device may seem a properly attached storage, yet it is a simulation.

General restrictions

As with all imitated things, you get restrictions in use. You won’t be able to manage your mobile device from your PC in full scope. The relations between these two data media are organized in a way to transfer files only. Thus, you can find your storage in the attached storages list and you will also be able to review files that are stored inside your mobile device. Yet, such functions as adjusting mobile device settings or even deletion of device files from the PC will be impossible. In this way, the mobile device won’t give access to any recovery software to its depth where the files are basically stored.

How to define a simulated file system

As a mobile device is listed among the attached storages, as it gives you basic access to your files, it’s not always easy to tell at once that its file system is just an imitation. Still, the Disk Manager gives you the real picture.

In order to invoke the Disk Manager, do the following:

If the Disk Manager does not detect your mobile device as one of the storages, this file system is virtually simulated.

Raise Data Recovery will work with actual file systems only, i.e. with the file systems from the storages displayed in the Disk Manager.