How to Transfer Images From a Camera to an External Hard Drive

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External hard drives have a greater capacity than even the largest digital camera memory card, making them ideal backup storage devices. Both digital cameras and external hard drives come bundled with USB cables, making it simple to connect these devices to a desktop or laptop computer. You do not need special software to transfer images from a camera to an external hard drive. Copy the images as one folder to keep them together and transfer them to the desktop for easy retrieval and transfer to the external hard drive.

Things You'll Need

  • Camera
  • Camera USB cable
  • Computer
  • External hard drive
  • External hard drive USB cable
  • Connect one end of the camera USB cable into the camera. Connect the other end to the computer USB port.

  • Wait for the computer to recognize the camera as an external device. Click "Start" and click "My Computer." Click on the camera icon to see its contents.

  • Click on the image folder in the camera. Hold down the mouse button and drag the image folder to the desktop. The images will copy to the desktop.

  • Right click on the camera icon in the system tray and click "Eject." Click "OK" and disconnect the camera USB cable from the computer.

  • Connect the external hard drive to the computer via its USB cable. Wait for the computer to recognize the external device.

  • Click "Start" and click "My Computer." Click on the external hard drive to open its file contents.

  • Click on the image folder on the computer desktop. Hold down the mouse button and drag the contents to the external hard drive. Wait for the images to copy.

  • Right click on the external hard drive in the system tray and click "Eject." Disconnect the external hard drive from the computer.

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