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Ask the Experts: How Do I Put Pictures Back on to My Memory Card?

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Question:

I recently bought an HP Photosmart R717 digital camera. I have a 256 MB memory card; the camera is 6.2 MP, and so the card holds about 80 pictures. Each time I take pictures I upload them onto my computer, but I think I'm supposed to delete them off the memory card after I upload them. I know that to print the pictures, you can take the memory card to a printing kiosk. So, if I delete the pictures from the memory card after I upload them onto the computer, at some point can I load them back onto the memory card so I can take the memory card out of the camera and print off the pictures? If yes, how do I go about loading them back onto the memory card? I know I could print them from my actual printer, but the quality just isn't as good.

-submitted by janettestar

Answer:

Your question is a fantastic one, and no doubt one that many digital camera owners have wondered. For those picture perfect moments, a professional printed picture usually looks better than a self-printed one.

After you have finished taking pictures, you should delete them off of the card and store them on a computer or CD. This way, your card has space to take more Kodak moments. Suffice to say, flash media formats are not a cost effective form of long term storage, because without removing images from the card, you'll wind up spending thousands on memory cards.

To answer your question directly, you can put your pictures back onto the memory card. You may be able to do this with the supplied software and accessories with your camera, but there are external devices that make this process much easier.

Since your camera supports SD or MMC external memory cards, you should consider investing in an external memory card reader. You can easily find one that reads and writes to both formats. This inexpensive piece of gear allows you to remove the card from the camera, and transfer photos without using the camera or any proprietary software. In fact, when connected in this way, you can move images back and forth all you like in the same way as you would copy and paste files into different folders on your computer.

This way, if you decide you want to take your pictures to a photo kiosk, you'll be able to move your photos back onto the card without any hassle. After you get your new card reader, you should write your own "how-to" article about setting it up and using it to help others that are facing the same dilemma.

Matt Whitlock - Editor, TechLore.com

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January 19, 2009 3:52 PM

I went to put pics back on my memory card. It said the image had been editted, and it couldn't put it back on my memory card. I have a Cannon SD750 with the original software. I have not done any editting. How do I get around the error message?

January 19, 2009 3:53 PM

I went to put pics back on my memory card. It said the image had been editted, and it couldn't put it back on my memory card. I have a Cannon SD750 with the original software. I have not done any editting. How do I get around the error message?

View unverified member's comment - posted by loobylou21

January 23, 2009 11:59 AM

All you need to do to put the pics back on the card is right click on the pic>select copy> open the location of your card>right click and select paste. Yes it's really that easy. I take 3,000 pics every week and this is how I transfer from card to pc and back to card again. You do not have to use the camera software to do the transfers.

View unverified member's comment - posted by fuckfacegfg

March 25, 2009 10:15 PM

Yes it is as easy as a click. People try to make things harder than it is. If your PC doesn't have a card reader installed , then pick one up for about $10

View unverified member's comment - posted by sum1

April 19, 2009 9:35 PM

Yes, as long as your computer sees your camera as an attached device when plugged in via USB. Plug your camera into a usb port and go to my computer and see if your camera is listed among the icons. Note the drive letter of the camera or the drive letter of the card in the camera. Then just right click on a pic....click send to...click that drive letter and let the transfer complete.

Note: Card readers are very cheap (around $10) and this is the easiest way and least time consuming way to transfer pics.

April 19, 2009 9:42 PM

fuckfacegfg said: Why cant things be easy, technology is soooo damn frustrating!!! I have a digital picture frame, and pictures i have taken in the past are now on my computer, but in order to get them back onto the frame i need them back onto the memory card, which is near impossible, and surely not as easy as a simple click and drag... NO no no, now i have to re-instate the flux capasater and modulate and ion generated impact disprupter and yada yada yada, blow my brains out all over the monitor screen..

It certainly is that easy my friend. I transfer pics daily in this manner. Just a feew clicks or a simple drag to the open window of that memory card. A simple copy and paste will achieve the same effect. It's just that darn easy.

Right click on any picture you have....select copy.... now open your memory card in another window...in the blank space of the memory card window>right click anywhere....select paste....and watch the transfer happen....can take up to five minutes depending on picture size...You can even move more than one at a time...IT IS THAT EASY FRIEND!

April 19, 2009 9:46 PM

jewel0401 said: I went to put pics back on my memory card. It said the image had been editted, and it couldn't put it back on my memory card. I have a Cannon SD750 with the original software. I have not done any editting. How do I get around the error message?
Use a card reader and not your camera and it will put the image on the card. I edit all the pics I send back to my card,but I use a card reader. Thay are very cheap. Walmart has them for 10 to 20 dollars. Any reader will work as long as it is for your card. The package states what knid of card it will read.

May 18, 2009 4:23 PM

I have been trying to put my pictures back on my memory card from my computer for weeks and nothing is working. its so frustrating!!! I open up the picture folder and drag them onto the memory card, it says and shows that the pictures are there but then when i put the memory card back in my camera the pictures i loaded are not there. what the heck is going on =(???????????

May 20, 2009 7:14 AM

Try viewing them through the card reader first. Sometimes when you transfer your pics to PC it changes the format of the pics. Especially if you've edited them. May no longer be supported to view with the camera. Put the card back in the card reader and see if you can view your pics. If you can then they are there and not supported for camera view. If not then they didn't transfer back to the card.

May 20, 2009 7:16 AM

If they are there then just take the card to a kiosk and print the ones you want. It really is that easy friends.

May 20, 2009 8:28 PM

thanks xopenx i understand what you are saying but it doesnt go on my memory card. someone at work mentioned how it might just not show on my camera but it might be on the card since the camera might not be able to read the file so he said to just take the memory card to the kiosk and the pictures should be there so i will try that....

View unverified member's comment - posted by Jeffreylong1219

July 13, 2009 2:14 PM

confuzed! said: I have been trying to put my pictures back on my memory card from my computer for weeks and nothing is working. its so frustrating!!! I open up the picture folder and drag them onto the memory card, it says and shows that the pictures are there but then when i put the memory card back in my camera the pictures i loaded are not there. what the heck is going on =(???????????

The advice in the article above is relevant if you wish to load photos on a memory card to take to a store printing Kiosk or other PC, not if you want to see all your photos on your camera's viewscreen again.

A digital camera formats a memory card into a specific structure, and contains files and information other than "just" the photos you take. If you look at this structure in Explorer, you typically see something like two folders at the root level (DCIM and something else) and if you look inside each you'll see several different files. This structure and other files are required by your camera if you want to view these photos using your digital camera.

If you believe you someday might want to load photos on your camera to VIEW on your camera, you need to copy off the entire folder structure from your memory card. When you load them back on, you load the whole thing. Note that you cannot (with most cameras) combine photos from other shooting sessions when you load them back onto the card. What you copy off is exactly what must go back on.

August 19, 2009 12:23 AM

my friend deleted all my pictures off my memory card by accident. They are already on my computer but i want them back on my camera so i can view them when i take my camera over to see friends to show them whatever it is i might want. Ive got them back on my memory card but i cannot view them on my camera ! i have a sony cybershot 10.1 mega pixel and a memory stick pro duo (scan disk) can you help ?

September 2, 2009 3:18 PM

I took some pics, and found out after that I did not have my memory card in my camera. They still show up in the camera, is there anyway I can get them onto my memory card?

November 30, 2009 1:25 AM

I transferred photos from my dads memory card onto my computer using my USB. When he took the camera back they were not on the memory card. So I tried to transfer the photos back to the memory card but was unsuccessful. I shut down my computer and today when I turned it on I cannot find his photos. I am very upset and need some help. Have I lost these photos?

November 30, 2009 4:29 PM

Esme said: I transferred photos from my dads memory card onto my computer using my USB. When he took the camera back they were not on the memory card. So I tried to transfer the photos back to the memory card but was unsuccessful. I shut down my computer and today when I turned it on I cannot find his photos. I am very upset and need some help. Have I lost these photos?

When you say you "transferred" them back to his card, how did you do it? If you copied and pasted, they're still there on your PC, and also on the card. If you cut and pasted, then they're no longer on your PC

In any event, even if you cut and pasted, the photos are likely still on the card, but the camera won't pick them up wihout the associated files needed by the camera (see my post above). If you connect this card to a PC with a card reader, these images will likely be there.

View unverified member's comment - posted by conner95

December 24, 2009 9:58 PM

I have a mac, with iPhoto. I am trying to put photos onto a new memory card (SanDisk 4 GB SDHC Card) for a digital picture frame. I have no idea how, and after reading all of these I have tried and tried using all of these tips on how to with no luck. I tried to copy and paste, but that isn't even possible with a mac... 'paste' is not even an option! please help!

January 10, 2010 4:48 PM

I want to pictures on amemory stick. It does not have a place to copy & paste.So how do I get them on the stick. I formated it first. Help I don't know how to do it.

I also want to put my checking account on one but don't know how to do it.It is 2006 to 2009 Can you help me?

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