How to Transfer Files from Memory Card to Computer?

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Transferring files from a memory card to a computer is considered a healthy habit. Although it may seem like a simple task, it needs to be handled carefully as it involves your precious data. In this article, you’ll learn about a few ways to transfer files from a memory card to a computer without any loss or corruption.

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Most of us find ourselves with a memory card that gets full rather quickly. We are all aware that the moment you transfer files from the memory onto your computer, you can create space in your memory card.

The only reason we don’t attempt this often is that we somehow think that we have run out of the easiest ways to go about it. Well, not anymore. Since there are different ways that are easy and quick to transfer your data to your computer, why be in a dilemma?

Go ahead and read on……

It’s often that our hidden talents in our photos and videos have been taking up a lot of space in the memory card. Some of our best captures are from the school of the untrained in the wild, in the adventure with nature, or the impromptu clicks of a food critic.

All these photos and videos are precious as we lived through those moments. Why wait? Transfer them quickly onto your computer and go on and capture some more…….

Note: Formatting an SD card is always useful to fix SD card corruption or change the file system and improve its performance. In case you are transferring SD card data to your system to format it, check out this article on how to format an SD card on Mac and Windows without losing your data.

Here are the easy and quick ways to transfer files from memory card to your computer.

Direct Connect:

Since most digital cameras today feature USB connectivity, it is a very easy way to go. You have to power off your camera every time you connect and disconnect electronic devices such as digital cameras. Connect the other end to your computer’s USB port. Power on your camera, and the camera should appear as a disk on your desktop.

USB Card Reader:

  • Connect the card reader to your computer by using a USB cable.
  • Your computer should instantly recognize the card. Now insert the memory card inside the card reader. Your computer, will notice the card reader and make the files available.
  • Now, open your computer’s main system folder, then open the card reader’s drive.
  • You can open the folder in which you want to copy the image files, or you can simply drag the files to your computer’s desktop.
  • Drag and drop the image files in the reader’s folder to your computer’s hard drive. You can place the files either in the folder, you opened or on the desktop.


Today, everyone carries a phone that has a camera in it. If you want to transfer photos from your phone onto your computer, by emailing yourself.

  • Compose a new email and enter your email address as the recipient.
  • Tap on the menu button to bring up the context menu, and then select ‘Attach File’ to add pictures to your email.
  • Send the email, and a few minutes later, you’ll see the email pop up in your inbox for you to open from your computer and save the file on it.

Google Drive Backup:

Google Drive backup service is by far the simplest method for backing up your photos and videos. The service is standard in uploading your files to Google Drive for easy access from other devices.

In the app, press the menu button or icon, then open the settings menu. In this menu, you can set the auto backup to be on or off. In order to access and download your synched photos, open your Google Drive.

Your photos are saved in a private folder labeled ‘Google Photos’. Open that folder, and you can browse and download your photos directly to your desktop.

These were some of the easiest and simplest ways to transfer your files from your memory card onto your computer. While transferring the files, if, accidentally, you end up transferring unnecessary data or reach a point in time when you actually want to transfer back data to your card, then read this article on how to move back photos from PC to SD card safely.

Why should I Transfer Files from My Memory Card to Computer?

Backup: If your memory card is lost, damaged, or unexpectedly corrupted, you'll always have a backup of all your files.

Free Up Space: SD cards cannot function at their best when storage is completely full. Therefore, it's always the best option to move some SD card data to a computer and create free space.

Better Organization: When you save your important pictures and videos on a computer, you’ll be able to organize them better according to your preference.

Convenience: Sharing or editing images or videos is extremely convenient when the memory card data is moved to a computer.

Security:  You can have your important memory card data in a computer in a password-protected folder or as a hidden file preventing any unauthorized access.

Despite all of these benefits, there is a chance of losing data during data transfer or while copying and pasting them to the computer. If you ever come across this kind of situation. You need to act upon it immediately.

You need a reliable data recovery software like Remo Recover that can bring back the lost files from the memory card as if it was never gone.

The tool is powerful and absolutely simple and intuitive even if you are a new user.


There is a lot of chance that you can lose the memory card data or the memory card itself, so it becomes absolutely crucial to transfer memory card data to computer as it benefits both data and the memory card’s health.

The methods listed in this article are ideal and were some of the easiest and simplest ways to transfer your files from your memory card onto your computer. For recovery of files which was lost during data transfer use Remo Recover to recover them without any hassle.

About the Author: John Harris

With a decade of experience in data recovery, John Harris, Senior Editor at Remo Software, is your go-to specialist. His focus includes partition management, Windows solutions, and data troubleshooting, delivering insightful content that serves both users and search engines. John's expertise shines through in illuminating blog posts, untangling data loss intricacies across diverse storage platforms.…