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How to moves files back and forth from your Zune

I was getting irritated this morning with some of the limitations of my Zune device and came across this great blog. I found it very helpful for moving and backing up my media files. What I'm referring to is a registry hack. Very simple and works great.

Here's the original blog url by Adam Pash (http://www.lifehacker.com/software/zune/use-your-zune-as-a-portable-hard-drive-217010.php)

Here the registry hack

  1. Make sure your Zune is not plugged in and your Zune software isn't running
  2. Open regedit by going to the start menu and selecting "run". Then Type regedt32 and hit "OK"
  3. Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\ControlSet001\Enum\USB\
  4. Search for "PortableDeviceNameSpace". This should be contained in the Vid_####&Pid_####\########_-_########_-_########_-_########\Device Parameters within the above ...\USB\ The ##'s listed here will be numbers and letters specific to your Zune
  5. Change the following values:
    1. EnableLegacySupport to 1
    2. PortableDeviceNameSpaceExcludeFromShell to 0
    3. ShowInShell to 1
  6. Plug in your Zune, and make sure the Zune Software starts up.
  7. At this point you can open up "My Computer" and browse your device, though it does NOT show up as a drive letter.

 

Now you have a 30GB portable harddrive/media player. Very handy.

Remember to backup the above-mentioned registry keys before making any modifications or editing.

How-To Copy from the Zune

After the hack, you should be able to copy, transfer or download (or upload) files, musics, videos, songs and etc from Zune to your PC by drag and drop or copy and paste, just like when you're using an external portable hard disk. You will still be able to synchronize or sync through Zune Software too (this is still the way to copy files to Zune, see below).

Why can't I copy Copy to the Zune?

You can perform task to delete the files on Zune directly after patching. However, you cannot copy or transfer the files onto Zune directly. If you try to upload or send a file to Zune directly via My Computer or Windows Explorer, you will see this error message dialog: "Cannot Copy File - could not be placed on the device. You do not have permission to create this item."    It will look something like this:

 

How-To Copy to the Zune

To copy or transfer or upload files to the Zune, you have the use the following trick. Either you sync your files to the Zune by using Zune software, or you can sync large file, and half way into the process, shut down the Zune software. In this case, the relationship between PC and Zune player will always stay in 'sync' mode, and you can now copy or transfer over as much files as you want.

Here's how:

First, start Zune and initiate a long transfer

Kill the zune process in Process Explorer, if you have it, or Task Manager

Now you can copy files to your Zune using Windows Explorer. (notice I copied a Word 2007 doc called iPhone.docx to the Zune).

You can continue to copy files over, until you open Zune player again and the sync is stopped or completed.

 

References:

http://www.mydigitallife.info/2006/12/24/enable-copy-and-transfer-of-data-with-zune-to-use-as-portable-hard-disk/
http://phaleux.com/?p=8
http://www.lifehacker.com/software/zune/use-your-zune-as-a-portable-hard-drive-217010.php)

Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 10:44 AM General | Back to top


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you are a genius!
Left by dj on Jun 18, 2007 5:58 PM

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you are a genius!
Left by dj on Jun 18, 2007 5:58 PM

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would ur zine get messes up doing this?????? in the long run??? and if it does do u think the company would give u a new One?????
Left by nano on Jul 28, 2007 9:45 PM

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brilliant, ive been scratching my head after buying a used zune on ebay. dude has some cool s**t on here but i want to erase alot too! zune software lacks huge in that dept. THIS is what i needed! now i can make my computer its new " home" after plucking and saving everthing i want , then erase the whole thing and sync with my library. i only spelled this out so others can see how freakin great/ useful this is! PEACE!
Left by david micheal maas on Aug 01, 2007 6:20 PM

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Thanks a lot for this
Left by shirish on Aug 29, 2007 12:49 PM

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I tried to copy files (any files, non-media files) from PC to Zune. I tried the above approach but I still couldn't make that work and I keep getting error "... you don't have permission to create an item." In Zune software, I cannot sync with non-media files too.

Please advice. thx!!
Left by Ken on Aug 29, 2007 11:48 PM

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Doesnt work, I do exactly as it says and it does not appear, I use the latest Zune software and firm ware is that a problem... PLEASE HELP
Left by some dude on Sep 09, 2007 8:41 PM

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hey, i did the hack and all...
but i still dont see my zune in my computer!
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can anyone please tell me what's wrong???
i'd appreciate it very much.
Left by mimi on Oct 01, 2007 9:29 PM

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Well , i got into same issue and found a solution.

Please make the mentioned changes under

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentContolSet\Enum\USB\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\ContolSet001\Enum\USB\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\ContolSet002\Enum\USB\


I made the changes under all 3 above mentioned sections and now i'm able to browse zune device.
Left by harry on Oct 16, 2007 12:06 AM

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Thankz buddy.it works g8t..
Left by Reno on Dec 25, 2007 1:34 PM

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Hey i am trying to do this to my 80gig zune, i cant fire out this step:

Search for "PortableDeviceNameSpace". This should be contained in the Vid_####&Pid_####\########_-_########_-_########_-_########\Device Parameters within the above ...\USB\ The ##'s listed here will be numbers and letters specific to your Zune

How do i know which my zune is? As the name i called my zune is not listed?
Left by Mark on Mar 14, 2008 6:02 PM

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I have the same problem i get stuck at the ""PortableDeviceNameSpace". This should be contained in the Vid_####&Pid_####\########_-_########_-_########_-_########\Device Parameters within the above ...\USB\ The ##'s listed here will be numbers and letters specific to your Zune

How do i know which my zune is? As the name i called my zune is not listed?"
part

Left by SUn on May 01, 2008 6:05 PM

# Thanks, it worked really well for me ^^
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It did worked well for me, it was kinda difficult to figure it out, but it really works people ^^
Left by spiri51788 on Jul 17, 2008 4:13 PM

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hi people i need some help .... i have une zune 30gb ... im try the torturial... but im this part i can't ... (How-To Copy to the Zune ).. please help me ... my emali is tiko_tiko@live.ca ....


thank you ...
Left by fred on Jul 26, 2008 8:54 AM

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yeah.... The

Vid_####&Pid_####\########_-_########_-_########_-_########\Device Parameters within the above ...\USB\ The ##'s listed here will be numbers and letters specific to your Zune

Part.... which 1 do I choose...?
Left by fake on Sep 13, 2008 3:04 AM

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I know ther is pictures and videos on my Zune, but when I did the hack and looked in the device, it said there weren't... no objects. I know they are there, because when I unplug the zune, they are still there.. I don't want those pics or videos anymore, but I can't seem to get rid of them, even with the hack. The pics and vids are no longer on my computer. PLEASE help!!
Left by Saya018 on Nov 01, 2008 7:00 PM

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It's just at step 4 - the thing with a bunch of ## url isn't coming up please help me this zune is making me SO MAD...
Left by Jindawg on Dec 01, 2008 6:02 PM

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it worked but there's one problem. It's no longer detected by the zune software. help please?

ronnieagonzalez@gmail.com
Left by ronnie on Dec 15, 2008 8:26 PM

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OH MY LOG!
THANK YOU!
*kisses*
I just got my Zune, and it functions so much differently than my last MP3 player (which I could open up in My Computer, and put all the songs into random folders that I needed them to be seperate in). I was actually on the verge of returning it when I stumbled across this! Amazing! There is no way I could thank you enough!
*bakes a plate of -virtual- cookies*
Left by Rune Okami on May 05, 2009 5:26 PM

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Can I use it with zune 3.0 (120 GB)
Left by Alberto on Jul 24, 2009 2:10 PM

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Can I use it with Zune 3.0 (120 GB) ?
Left by alberto on Jul 24, 2009 2:12 PM

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I can c my zune and stuff, but the same message still on, The one that tells me, dad i dont have permission to copy that file!... so, doesnt work, i have a 120g, i did everything as u say guys... but... doesnt work, even that "cheat" canceling the sync. HELP!
Left by Prophet on Aug 10, 2009 11:29 AM

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Hey.. Really thank you man. Even i am also got irritated after buying this Zune player in a thought of we can use this as a hard drive and music player..

Hands off...
Left by Pranesh on Aug 18, 2009 12:13 AM

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i did the hack but when i go into my omputer and go to the folder my zune is empty.im trying to get the playlist files from it because my comp is empty so i cant sync, HELP?
cometjosh@hotmail.com
Left by josh on Aug 24, 2009 7:38 PM

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I am unable to copy or play files from Zune player, I am able to browse but unable to copy vice versa.
Plase help me out.
Left by Rajendra on Dec 30, 2009 6:58 AM

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I have the 120g zune and i just did this and it worked perfect. what i had to do for step #4 what hit Ctrl+f and type in the name i gave my zune and the folder popped up then i went down a couple more folders into device perameters to find the files i needed to change. hope this helps
Left by nate on Jan 10, 2010 9:45 PM

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I'm guessing this no longer applies to the Zune HD?
Left by Chip on Feb 03, 2010 7:39 PM

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doesn't work. starting a sync and then finishing zune.exe is not working for adding a file to the zune, unfortunately.
any other way, pls ?
Left by pp on Feb 11, 2010 3:10 AM

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I have the same problem as Josh
Left by Drew on Aug 01, 2010 9:41 PM

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i did it and the two icons came.but wen i try to copy somethn
on it fails.what shud i do bypass dis ....pls help.odelex@yahoo.com
Left by Odel on Sep 21, 2010 11:19 AM

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I did all this, qnd everything works, except i cannot copy files to the zune. I tried the method you posted, and the zune just stops syncing. I think it may be because i am using a zunehd 32gb. Any suggestions?
Left by Johnsmith on Oct 10, 2010 10:29 PM

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how do you know which numbers are specific to the zune in step 4, there's over (20) vid_####&Pid_#### entries?
Left by zach on Jan 06, 2011 11:46 AM

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i cannot use copy paste function on zune after doing registry entries.. please email for a solutions kapilkanji@rediffmail.com
Left by kapil on Jan 19, 2011 12:45 PM

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After copying the file and completed the sync, can you view the file you copied into your Zune through "My Computer"? CAN YOU???? If you can, PLEASE PLEASE TELL MMMEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Left by haseeb on Oct 26, 2011 9:03 PM

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