Section 5.3. Moving Pictures from a Card Reader to a PC

5.3. Moving Pictures from a Card Reader to a PC

The Scanner and Camera Wizard leads you steadily through the camera-to-PC photo transfers, but all that hand-holding takes time. For quicker grabs, connect your camera to your PC as described above and then choose Start My Computer. Look for your digital cameras icon nestled among your PC's disks and drives . Double-click the camera icon to open it, like any folder. Select the camera's photos and drag them to your My Pictures folder.

Although that method speeds things up by bypassing the wizard, bypassing your camera's cable altogether speeds up transfers even more. For the speediest transfers, buy a card reader, like the one shown in Figure 5-4. Available for around $20, the card reader plugs into your PC's USB port and creates tiny disk drives for inserting your camera's cards. Push your camera's card into the reader and use Windows XP's standard copy tools to move the photos to any other folder on your computer. Card readers hold several advantages over the wizard:

  • Battery life . With a card reader, your camera stays turned off during transfer sessions, keeping your battery alive longer for more picture taking.

  • Speed . Card readers give your PC direct access to the card, and they're built for speed. Camera transfer circuitry isn't nearly as quick.

  • Price . Card readers cost less than 20 dollars, usually much less than the cost of replacing the camera cable you left in the hotel room.

  • Versatility . Most card readers read every card format, including cards used by your friends , relatives, and strangers at coffee shops . (They'll also work with your next camera, as well.)

Figure 5-4. Top: Card readers provide a handy alternative to replacing a camera's lost cable. They also work up to 40 times faster than some cables, particularly those from older cameras. Card readers come with tiny drives that accept storage cards from your camera, cell phone, PDA, and other gadgets. Plug a USB 2-capable card reader into your PC's USB 2.0 port for the fastest transfers.
Bottom: When plugged in, a card reader adds several Removable Disk drive icons to My Computer, letting you insert a wide variety of card types. Unfortunately, the drives in My Computer rarely identify which removable drive contains your newly inserted card, forcing you to double-click them all until the correct one opens (you'll know you've hit pay dirt when you see your images inside the drive).

PCs: The Missing Manual
ISBN: 0596100930
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2005
Pages: 206
Authors: Andy Rathbone

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