Downloading Pictures from Your Digital Camera Most cameras come with software that is intended to help you download your photos from the camera onto your hard drive. However, all that you really need is Windows XP (or Vista) to copy your pictures from your camera to your computer. These directions will help you use Windows XP to copy your pictures from your camera to your computer. Please be sure to verify that your pictures have successfully copied to the computer before deleting them from the camera. Once you delete your photos from your camera, they are gone forever. You can also use these directions to copy video files from your camera to your computer, in the case that your camera also allows you to take videos. 1. Turn on your camera and insert the USB cable into the camera and the other end into a USB port on your computer. 2. If and when the dialog box appears asking you “What do you want to do?,” click Cancel to close that box (see right). 3. Double-click the My Computer icon on your Desktop. (If you don’t have a My Computer icon, double-click on My Documents, then click My Computer on the bar on the left.) 4. Under My Computer, you will see a list of drives, including C:, D: and E:. Your camera should be the last drive on the list (it will be anything from D: to F:, depending on whether or not you have a CD drive). Your camera may have a name (e.g., HP PhotoSmart) or it may be called “Removable Disk.” If you don’t see your camera listed, be sure that the camera is powered on. 5. Once you locate your camera, double-click on it. 6. You will most likely see two folders listed, once with letters or numbers and one called DCIM. 7. Double-click the DCIM folder. In that folder, you will either see a list of your pictures or one or more folders with pictures inside of them. 8. If your pictures are all located inside of the DCIM folder, then you are ready to copy them to your computer. If there are folders inside of DCIM, then the pictures are most likely located inside of one or more of those folders. Double-click on each folder until you find the pictures (.jpg files). Depending on your camera, your pictures may be scattered throughout various folders within the DCIM folder, so you will need to follow the directions below for each of the various folders in order to copy all of your pictures onto your hard drive. 9. Once you locate where your pictures are located, you can view them before copying them by clicking the Views button ( ) on the toolbar above and selecting Thumbnails. To see the pictures in larger view, select Filmstrip from the Views menu. 10. To copy the pictures from the camera to your computer, you must first select all of the pictures. From the menu above, click Edit and click Select All (or hit Ctrl-A on your keyboard). All the pictures will be selected. 11. Once the pictures are selected, click Copy the selected items on the task pane on the left-hand side (located under File and Folder Tasks). 12. When the Copy Items box appears, double-click on My Documents, then double-click on My Pictures. You should probably make a separate folder for each of the sets of pictures that you copy to your computer. Therefore, once you have My Pictures selected, you should click the Make New Folder button (see right), then type the name of your folder (e.g., Christmas 2007). 13. Double-click on your new folder, then click Copy. The pictures will copy from the camera to your new folder within My Pictures. 14. Once the pictures are copied, you should navigate to that folder to be sure that they are all there. To do this, click My Documents on the task pane on the left. Then locate the My Pictures folder and double-click on that. Then locate your new folder (Christmas 2007) and double-click on that. To view the pictures, click the Views button ( ) on the toolbar above and selecting Thumbnails. 15. Once you verify that all of your pictures are on the computer, you can repeat this process if there are any other folders located inside of the DCIM folder. To go back to check, click My Computer on the task pane on the left. Then locate the camera (E: drive?) and double-click on that. Then double-click the DCIM folder and look for other folders. If there are other folders, double-click on each one, using the button to go back to the DCIM folder. If there are pictures in the other folders, follow steps 10-14 above to copy them to your computer. 16. Once you have copied all of the pictures from the camera to the computer and verified that you have done this successfully(step 14 above), you should delete the pictures from the camera. You can do this from your computer (see below) or you can use the Delete – All Pictures on Camera feature on the camera itself (see your camera’s User’s Guide for directions). 17. To delete the pictures from your camera, follow steps 3-5 above to get to the camera drive (E: or Removable Disk). You will see either pictures files (.jpg files) on the E: drive or you will see DCIM and other folder(s). Regardless of what you see, you are going to delete everything on that drive. To do this, click Edit and click Select All. Then hit Delete on your keyboard. When asked if you are sure that you want to do this, click Yes. All the pictures will be deleted from the camera. The next time you take a picture with your camera, a new DCIM folder will be created. 18. To remove the camera from your computer, you should first use the Safely Remove Hardware feature. Safely Removing Hardware prevents the camera’s flash drive from being destroyed. You should follow these directions whenever removing any USB device, such as a phone, iPod, voice recorder, etc. To safely remove your USB device: a. On the bottom right-hand side of your computer screen, to the left of the clock, click the two left-facing arrows (<<) to open the systray ( ). Look for the icon with the green arrow facing to the left and left-click once on that icon. You will see one or more “Safely remove …” items. Click once on “Safely remove USB Mass Storage Device – Drive (E:). b. You will see a yellow box appear that says it’s safe to remove your hardware. Unplug the camera from the computer and the USB cable from the camera. Turn the camera off. 19. That’s it! You have successfully downloaded your pictures from your camera. Repeat these steps everytime you want to download photos (or videos) from your camera. 20. If you need assistance with any of these directions, please call the UNIT Helpdesk at x97777.
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