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Downloading Photos to Hard Drive from Memory Card

by Sgreen / December 12, 2007 3:49 AM PST

I have a Canon PowerShot A540. I bought a SanDisk MobileMate memory card reader for my camera's memory card. Some, but not all, of the images were previously saved to My Pictures some time ago. I usually print out photos from the memory card.

Is it possible to only add the images in My Pictures that are not already stored there or will they ALL be added resulting in duplicates? If so, how? Having them all added, making for many unnecessary copies, would entail much time and effort to delete the extras. I tried highlighting some newer photos, but it seemed as if the program still wanted to start from the first photo so I canceled.

Can this be done by using the interface cable between the camera and the pc?

At this time, Irfanview is the photo editing program.

Thank you.

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Downloading photos from memory card....
by Papa Echo / December 12, 2007 6:04 AM PST

You can select which pictures to add to the My Pitures folder. If you add pictures which are alreay there, the system will probably inform you that a file of the same name is already there and ask you whether you want to replace it with a new one.

If the pictures in the memory card are all that you have, I would create a new folder away from "My Pictures" and download all the pictures there from the memory card. Have you think about making copies(i.e. backups) of these photos to an external storage medium, e.g. CDs, external drive,... ?

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Thanks for the ...
by Sgreen / December 12, 2007 7:00 AM PST

response. I had previously backed up most of my photos on a DVD, and now I need to backup the rest.

Since I posted, I connected my interface cable between the camera and the pc, and got everything into My Pictures. I also organized them as I did this today by category (names I chose) and dates. That way, I could see the duplicates and delete them.

Thanks again.

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A Method
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / December 12, 2007 6:51 AM PST

If you know what date you started the latest photos.
you can always select the latest photos by date.

Use Windows Explorer and find the card reader and your photos.
Click View
Click Details
Click Date Picture Taken

That will display all the photos on the memory card by date.
The latest photos on the bottom.
Find the first date that you want to add.
Click that File Name.
Scroll down to the last photo.
Hold down the Shift key and click the last photo.
That will highlight all the photos you want to copy to the hard drive.

Put the mouse cursor over the highlighted files and click and hold the RIGHT mouse button.
Now drag the files to where you want them in the My Pictures folder.
The computer will ask to you want to move or copy the photos.
Click Copy.

It is done.


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Exactly what ...
by Sgreen / December 12, 2007 7:06 AM PST
In reply to: A Method

I was asking! Thank you so much for the clear and concise directions. I knew there was a way, but it was eluding me today. Perhaps I should have delayed this project until after the New Year.

Thank you again.

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