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How to Transfer Files from Memory Card to Computer?

Most of us, find ourselves with a memory card that gets full rather quickly. We all our 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 because we somehow, think that we have run out of the easiest ways on how to go about it. Well, not any more. 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…….

Here are the easy and quick ways on how 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 into your computer’s USB port. Power on your camera and the camera should appear as a disk on your desktop.

Note: At times you might come across errors such as " The directory name is invalid", when you connect the USB on to the computer. In case you come across any such errors, click on the given link to know more.

  • 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.


  • Email:

Today, every one carries a phone that has a camera in it. If you want to transfer photos from your phone on to 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 a picture 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 drives 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 back up 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 labelled ‘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, accidently you end up losing your photos then, read this article on What do I do to recover lost photos while transferring data.

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