TowelRooted. I can see entire internal disk on ES File Explorer. Why can't linked laptop see them?

androidmatcha

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I used TowelRoot to root my Samsung Tab4 8.0. I have not inserted any external SD card.

With the ES File Explorer app, I can see every file and folder on my Tab's internal disk:

Including these folders: acct, cache, config, d, data, data_1, dev, efs, etc, firmware, mnt, proc, root, sbin, sdcard, sys, system.
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But when I connect my Tab4 to my laptop, I only see stuff in the "Tablet" folder, which is another word for "sdcard".
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Why is it that I cannot access all the folders when I'm using my laptop? Why can I only see the Tablet (aka sdcard) folder?
 

Rukbat

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ES File Explorer is running as the user named root (which is what rooting is all about). The computer, when you plug the phone in and look at Phone, is running as a normal user (from the phone's viewpoint). Run adb, run su, run shell, then use cd and ls (learn to use the Linux terminal commands) and you'll be able to see the entire internal storage of the phone on the computer - and transfer files back and forth.
 

androidmatcha

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rukbat, thanks for your reply. On an older Android version, I think all I had to do was in turn on USB debugging on the Android. From the Linux side, I didn't have to use the terminal; I could use the graphical file explorer.
 

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