Digital Camera Hardware

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December 18, 2009

How To Put Photos From A Camera To A Computer’s Hard Drive

It’s good to be able to see photos you have taken on your camera on the small screen built into it.  But you will also want to take the best pictures and put them on your computer’s hard drive in order to keep them for the long term.

There are two ways of doing this, and the method you choose could depend on what computer you have and what camera you have.  Your digital camera will have a memory card on which the photographs are stored.  Take a look at your computer and see if you have a slot available on the tower unit to take that card.

If you do, you just need to slot it in and wait for an Autoplay screen to come up giving you different options to choose from.  You can view the pictures or save them.  Select the place on your computer where you want to save them; if you are looking for the hard drive look for the C drive.  You can create a folder labeled photos or something more specific and save the pictures to that location.  It shouldn’t take too long to do but it will vary according to how many pictures you are copying across.

If there isn’t a slot available you can buy a card reader that plugs in and basically does the same job.  You can also use the USB method to connect the actual camera to your computer and transfer them over in that way instead.  You might get this lead included with your camera but it depends what model you have and how modern it is.

Finally, no matter how you choose to put the pictures on your hard drive, always make sure they have copied over successfully and you can access them all before deleting them from your memory card.  The last thing you want is to think you have transferred them, delete them and then find you have lost the lot.  Always double check for safety – you’ll only make the mistake of not doing so once!

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