USB connectivity is frustrating for me too. If the USB icon is showing up on the phone but you can't see the device in Windows, it's possible you need to Unmount the SD card and format it with the phone. (Settings | SD card & phone storage | Unmount SD card, then Format SD card). You might want to try backing up the SD card contents first... See below w.r.t. SwiFTP / Filezilla...
Another possibility is with Administrator privs, go into the disk management console (Start | Run diskmgmt.msc) and see if you can assign a device letter to it.
If the USB icon isn't even showing up on the phone when the USB cable is connected, then you might try powering down the pc or laptop, removing the source of power (that means for a laptop, the battery too) for a few minutes. Boot back up and start again.
Some people are probably not aware of this but you can move files to/from the phone using at least five methods:
1). USB Connection (requires no special driver)
2). Bluetooth Connection
3). FTP over Wifi
4). Sync with the USB Modem Driver (download available on this site - this driver would also be used if you were tethering, but this may be against your service agreement)
5). Sync over WiFi (I have used a program called MyPhoneExplorer which can do either #4 or #5). Over WiFi, you have to make sure you've opened up specific ports so that the PC can find the phone. Google MyPhoneExplorer for more information.
Now, my preference:
Specifically w.r.t. #3, download SwiFTP server, free from the Market and install on the phone. Download an FTP client onto your windows computer. I like the free FileZilla client for Windows. Follow directions to set up a username and password on the server running on the phone. Enter these credentials and the port number generated when you run the server into the client on the PC. You can move files back and forth, create / remove / rename files and directories... It's easy once you've done it once or twice. I find it as easy as the USB connection, and MUCH simpler than attempting same with Bluetooth. This is how I move PICs, music and videos to the phone.
Try to get the USB connection working properly... But definitely also try method 3 described above.
Hope that helps.
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