Question about the Galaxy S5

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Nope, USB Mass Storage is long gone from Android (much to my dislike). If you root and install hacks then that's a different story.
 

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AFAIK this is not specific to the S5. It's pretty much with any new Android phone (the last time I saw USB Mass Storage was with the Galaxy S2!!).

But why do you need that mode? There are so many other ways to transfer files between devices, and MTP is not that bad once you get past the quirkiness. Sure, you need drivers installed (or Kies in the case of Mac users) but there are other alternatives to even transferring files via USB that don't require root. It's just not USB Mass storage per-se.
 

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I don't like MTP. Transferring a video file 1GB took 2 1/2 hours vs on USB Mass storage with my captivate it only took about 10 minutes.
 

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True. But then you could use a 3rd party solution, those are usually a lot faster. Or transfer via WiFi, maybe?

BTW, the S5 uses USB3, so it is in theory a lot faster to transfer files if your computer has a compatible port.

My Note 4 uses USB2 and still isn't as slow to transfer files, so you might either have issues with the device you were trying, the port your were using (maybe even the cable) or the driver.
 

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My galaxy s5 is usb mass storage out the box. I made a post about this a month ago. I have a 16 gig sd card and I use another 16 gig usb flash drive for movies. Your Galaxy s5 is usb mass storage out the box no apps required. It will detect it as soon as u plug it up. And wll delete once unplugged. Plug unplug it works independently. I have been using it for at least a week. ZERO COMPLICATIONS

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My galaxy s5 is usb mass storage out the box. I made a post about this a month ago. I have a 16 gig sd card and I use another 16 gig usb flash drive for movies. Your Galaxy s5 is usb mass storage out the box no apps required. It will detect it as soon as u plug it up. And wll delete once unplugged. Plug unplug it works independently. I have been using it for at least a week. ZERO COMPLICATIONS

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To your computer no difference the phone is basically a hard drive

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My galaxy s5 is usb mass storage out the box. I made a post about this a month ago. I have a 16 gig sd card and I use another 16 gig usb flash drive for movies. Your Galaxy s5 is usb mass storage out the box no apps required. It will detect it as soon as u plug it up. And wll delete once unplugged. Plug unplug it works independently. I have been using it for at least a week. ZERO COMPLICATIONS

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I think your post is about being able to read USB drives from your phone (which yes, you can do with the S5 and an OTG cable). What the OP wants is to have the phone connect to a computer and have the phone show up as a 'normal' USB Flash Drive. This doesn't happen. The computer recognizes the phone in MTP mode (or Camera mode) and uses it as a media device, not a general-purpose one. You can still transfer all kinds of files to it, it's just a different way of handling things.
 

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On my Win7 desktop PC, the phone shows up in the drives list as a Cellphone, see the picture.

As far as reading the files on it, you select either Phone, or SD card.

from that point on, it is just standard File Manager copy/delete file operations from the Win7 PC.
 

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I don't like MTP. Transferring a video file 1GB took 2 1/2 hours vs on USB Mass storage with my captivate it only took about 10 minutes.

well on the S5, it doesn't take hours. i transfer music, music videos and movies to my phone storage a lot and the transfer is quite fast. a 2GB movie won't even take 10 minutes. more like 45 seconds, actually. so i don't see the issue here.
 

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That's what I mean. Even if the phone shows up as a media device (and yes, you can transfer stuff through normal methods, it just doesn't show up as a drive), the process shouldn't be that slow. Especially if you have an USB3 port.
 

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On my Win7 desktop PC, the phone shows up in the drives list as a Cellphone, see the picture.

As far as reading the files on it, you select either Phone, or SD card.

from that point on, it is just standard File Manager copy/delete file operations from the Win7 PC.

Yup, what the OP wants is to see it as an actual flash drive, which is no longer possible on Android without root. The functionality is a bit different but for starters, Mass Storage USB doesn't require drivers (usually) whereas MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) does. And MTP doesn't work well with Macs.
 

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I think your post is about being able to read USB drives from your phone (which yes, you can do with the S5 and an OTG cable). What the OP wants is to have the phone connect to a computer and have the phone show up as a 'normal' USB Flash Drive. This doesn't happen. The computer recognizes the phone in MTP mode (or Camera mode) and uses it as a media device, not a general-purpose one. You can still transfer all kinds of files to it, it's just a different way of handling things.

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Linux opens MTP as MTP, NOT USB Mass Storage (see that phone icon? That's a Media Device. USB Mass Storage shows as a drive, not a media/phone). Again, functionality, in general, looks and feels the same, but the back-end protocol is different. Some older systems and phones did have issues with transfer speeds and driver compatibility. USB Mass storage is a much more compatible protocol for file transfer and drive mounting, but it's less secure, which is why (in theory) it was removed from Android.