How to Transfer Files from Memory Card to Computer?

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 on how 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.

  • Email:

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 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 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 reached 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.

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