Transferring Photos – Disk to Flash Drive to Computer

Recently I received several queries on the How-to’s of Downloading Photos from a camera and saving them to a computer or flash drive. Thus the post that follows.

To hear the instructions in Audio, click on  click on the arrow on the left in the icon above. To Pause, click on the 2 parallel vertical lines.
You can adjust the sound both on your computer and in section on the right by dragging the magenta colored knob.  If you want to skip ahead or go back, simply drag the knob in the main portion of this icon.
If you wish to download the instructions into your computer, Right Click here to download… and “Save as” in a location in your computer that you’ll remember.

Tutorial for Downloading Photos from the Photo Disk

The Questions asked:
1. “Any tips for uploading pictures to Facebook from my digital camera?”

The Uploading to Facebook is covered in another post on this blog,  Uploading Photos from the Computer to Facebook.  In following the instructions there, you could be uploading directly from the card (as described below) or from a place in your computer where you’ve saved the photos.

2. “Is there a way, using a PC, to download onto a flash drive directly.”

In this post I will be showing the downloading and transfer process.

My personal preference for downloading photos to my computer, or a flash drive, is to use a Memory Card Reader.

Many of the new computers now have a photo disk slot for viewing and downloading photos as well as the CD/DVD slot.

On my PC I attach a Memory Card Reader via cable to a USB port. There are card readers that have slots for multiple size and disks and others that accomodate only a couple of sizes.  The one above can be found on Kingston 19-in-1 USB 2.0 Flash Memory Card Reader FCR-HS219/1

photo card on Mac Desktop
My main work is done on my iMac, where this is a slot of the side of my computer for inserting my SanDisk photo card.

When inserted, an icon shows up on my desktop


To  find the information from the same card on your PC, using a Card Reader



1. Put your disk in the card reader.

2. Open Computer
a. First Click on Start – the World icon in bottom lower left of your desktop to get the menu.

b. Click on Computer – (“See the disk drives and other hardware connected to your computer”)


3. Click On the  Camera Disk Icon – CANON_DC (F: or G: drive) – to open it.


The steps that follow are the same for what’s next with both the PC and the Mac.


4. After clicking on the Card Reader icon (on either computer), you’ll see a DCIM Folder.

5. Click to Open the DCIM FOLDER showing on either computer.


6. A List of All of the Photo .jpegs will appear.

7. You can highlight them all, or select certain ones of you’ve previewed them first (another post), to transfer to your computer, an external disk, a CD or DVD, or a flash drive.

If there is more than one photo session on the card, you can sort the photos by date and select in that way.

The process is the same whether it’s from a Flash Drive or a Card Reader.

NEXT: You have many Options for Where You Locate the photos you are now ready to move to your computer from the Card Reader or Flash Drive.

Having been a Mac person all my life, where things are simpler an easier to find (for Mac users anyway) I still find it a bit challenging to find where files and folders are in my PC.

Thus the simplest thing for me, and therefore I’m suggesting for you, is to Create and Open a New Folder on your computer desktop.  Name the folder, drag the photos into that folder and then you can determine where in your computer you ultimately want them to reside.

Some choices for “residence” include Pictures or Picassa in your PC or iPhoto or simply part of another folder system in your Mac.  I will elaborate in another post.

Flash Files to Mac Folder

8. Drag the Highlighted .jpgs (see #7 above) into wherever you want them located in your computer or other locations.

Note – The image to the left shows transferring .jpgs on the Flash Drive that I downloaded onto it from from the card reader on my PC to a location on my MacIntosh computer.

FINALLYBefore Removing the Card Reader from your computer or the disk from the slot, it is highly recommended that you

SAFELY REMOVE it from your PC.
Go Back to Start Menu to Open Computer (Instructions above) and See the Disk Drives

Safely Remove Disk


1 – Right Click on the Disk Icon

2 – Click on “Safely Remove

3 – When the icon disappears,  you can remove the Card Reader or Flash Drive from the USB port to which you had connected it.

On the Mac


1 – Find the disk icon on your desktop. Tap on it to highlight.

2 – Open File menu

3 – Click on Eject Disk – When it disappears from your desktop, it’s safe to remove

4 – Alternative – Not Shown – You can also Drag the Disk Icon to Trash. Then remove the disk (or card reader) from your computer.

Last Question answered in this post:
“I’m trying to figure out HOW to transfer movies from a flash drive onto my Mac Notebook, files and all… HELP, step by step, with pictures would really help…”

The process for transferring movies from a Flash Drive is exactly the same as transferring .jpgs, shown above.  You Insert the Flash Drive into a USB port on your computer, find the flash drive icon on your desktop and continue as described above.

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