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my sd card converter doesn't work ?


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#1 vanessa_smith

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Posted 31 August 2013 - 02:33 AM

So i have a camera from the brand Canon... and i have like one of those USB's to convert the pictures to my computer. 

 

But every time i insert my USB in my computer, it shows TWO USB thingy's instead of one and they both ask for me to put a legitamate USB in my computer when i click on them. 

 

 

 

Please help i got so many goo pictures on there. :< 



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Posted 31 August 2013 - 06:34 PM

Canon make some excellent cameras - we have three of them !

 

What type of card does your camera use ?  Is it the very common SD type, which is just over 1 inch long and about 3/4 inch wide or is it the micro SD which is about the size of your thumbnail ?

 

Your USB 'thingy' - is it a multi-card reader like the one in this image from Google :

 

http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=canon+i560&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&biw=1280&bih=920&bvm=pv.xjs.s.en_US.M4-36_38X9A.O&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=JHUiUsLhOsHBhAfcu4E4#hl=en&q=usb+card+reader&tbm=isch&um=1&facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=9jOCunsjsVG_-M%3A%3Bud0i_BHVPZ-2aM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.videk.co.uk%252Fshopimages%252Fsections%252Fthumbnails%252F2447MP.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.videk.co.uk%252Fsection.php%252F26%252F1%252Fusb-card-readers%3B1000%3B1000

 

or is it like this type, also from Google :

 

http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=canon+i560&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&biw=1280&bih=920&bvm=pv.xjs.s.en_US.M4-36_38X9A.O&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=JHUiUsLhOsHBhAfcu4E4#hl=en&q=usb+card+reader&tbm=isch&um=1&facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=mdU-bAIGswwXsM%3A%3BFUqe1J5dakt-iM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fhackedgadgets.com%252Fwp-content%252F_usb_SD_card_reader_2.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.raspberrypi.org%252FphpBB3%252Fviewtopic.php%253Ff%253D9%2526t%253D1423%3B500%3B500

 

With both types, you need to slide the card fully into its slot, it will only go in one way up, then push the USB connector into a USB slot on your computer, again, it will only go in one way. Once it is inserted, 'Autoplay' will run then choose the option 'Open Windows Explorer to view files and folders'.

 

On the left hand side, towards the bottom of the Windows Explorer screen (you may have to scroll down) you will see an entry 'Canon' or 'Canon_DC' depending on your model. Click on this, and you will see a folder called DCIM. Click on this, you get another folder usually called '101Canon' ( the number can vary ) and this is the folder that contains your images. Select the ones that you want to transfer to your computer, then drag them to where you want to save them - My Photos or wherever. You may want to create a folder for them before you transfer them. that's it.

 

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 01:49 AM

The links don't work, but it's one with out a wire. p8310008.jpg

 

like this one taken with my old camera. 

 

but it doesn't show that little menu when i plug it in. :\ 



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Posted 01 September 2013 - 04:36 PM

Give me 24 hours !  I now have a photo account so I can get images in here !  Need to generate some first, but that's easy.

 

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 03:58 AM

Let's see if this works !  Is this what your card reader looks like ?

 

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or

 

[IMG]http://imageshack.us/a/img593/7325/mjmy.jpg[/IMG]
 

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 04:55 AM

Nobody ever accused me of being a quick learner !  It's taken nearly 500 posts on this forum to discover how to put pictures on here !

 

Right, down to work.  First thing, is to make sure that the camera card is correctly inserted in the reader and pushed fully home in its socket, as in the image in my last post. The card in the image in the above post is an SD card. Some cameras use the much smaller Micro SD card and the readers are not interchangeable, you need to make sure you have the correct reader for your card.

 

Then plug the reader into any convenient USB socket. You will see I use a multi-card reader and have a desktop tower.

 

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It will only go into the USB socket one way. Once it has been connected for a second or two, you will probably get the 'Autoplay' screen appear, click on the highlighted bit - 'Open folder . . .' - to open Windows Explorer to see your image files

 

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If you have 'Autoplay' disabled, then click here to open Explorer if you are using Win 7  -

 

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If you are not using Win 7, or don't have this icon then RIGHT click on the start button as here  -

 

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And Explorer will open and should look something like this. Don't worry if it doesn't look exactly like this - I use Win 7 and have all my screens set to 'List' because I have about 450Gb of photos on this computer. And the red icons are because I use Irfanview as my default image viewer.

 

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On the left hand side you will see all my drives, and towards the bottom you will see 'Nikon D90 (N)', then 'DCIM' and then '100CD90' which is highlighted. This is the folder in which the images are. The only reason it says 'Nikon' is that my Nikon SLR was handy for making these images. Yours will say 'Canon'. On the right hand side you will see a list of the images on this card. Now to get these images into your computer !

 

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The simplest way is to use 'Drag and Drop'. To move them onto your computer, first of all decide where you want to put them, creating a new folder if necessary. Then, select the images you want to copy across - you will see that some of the image files are highlighted in blue, these have been selected.

 

To select one image, just click on it once.

To select a block of images, as I have done here, click on the first one you want, hold down the 'Shift' key and click on the last one.

To select the odd image here and there, click on the first one then hold down the 'Ctrl' key and click on each other you want in turn.

To select them all, click on 'Organise', then 'Select all'.

 

Then move your mouse cursor over a blue (selected) file, press the left hand button and KEEP IT DOWN. Slide the cursor across the screen until it is over the folder you want to put the pictures in, then release the button. That's it - easy !  You have just copied your photos from the camera card into a folder on your computer.

 

You have only two things left to do - (a) check that the photos are in the folder where you want them, and, (B) delete the images off your card so you can use it again.

 

Happy snapping !

 

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 03:31 PM

Yep, that's it exactly ! :) 

But I know how to use it, and it has worked YEARS before this. That's not the problem. 

Something's going wrong with either my USB or computer whilst it's trying to understand. 

 

None the less, thanks for al your time and patience Chris. 



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Posted 02 September 2013 - 06:43 PM

Ah well, that's the problem.  Could be the card, could be the reader, could be the computer socket you are using.

 

To test the card, plug it into almost anybody's laptop (if it's an SD card) and see if you can see the images. Almost all laptops today have built-in SD sockets. If you can see the images, the card is OK.

 

Then plug the card into your reader, then plug it into one of the USB sockets on the same laptop as above. If you can't see the images, it is almost certainly your reader that has died. they are after all, fairly cheap bits of electronic kit and can fail - and are not expensive to replace. As a second check on this, you could try it on the same laptop but with a different reader. If you can now see the images, the reader has definitely died.

 

If you can see the images using your card reader on a different computer, then it is your computer USB socket that has failed. Again, this can happen but is not normally fatal. USB socket problems are often software related. Even if it isn't you can use a different socket and try that.

 

Don't worry about my time - I have learnt how to get images on here out of this !

 

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 02:04 PM

Hey sweetheart, 

I'm sorry, I've been so busy ! 

Thanks again for putting so much time in trying to help me. :) 

 

It must be my sd card then. becouse i have a different card reader as well. (it's the same idea but instead a small wire to connect the card reader with the pc since it has a lot of card openings so it's to big) 

But it doesn't work as well. And neither do any of them work when i try to plug them into my friend's laptop. :( 



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Posted 07 September 2013 - 04:42 AM

Ok - you have tried the card in two different readers on two different computers. When you say the second reader is bigger and has more slots and a connecting cable, I take it you mean one like mine :

 

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You are now left with two possibilities - either the card is faulty or your camera is. This happened to me in the Spring of 2012, I lost two batches of about 400 images each and I was very lucky in that I discovered the loss of one batch while I had time to re-shoot them, and recovery software brought the other batch back from the dead. According to my local camera specialists this was a known issue with the Nikon body I was using at the time. Given the costs of having Nikon repair the fault and then paying for a (much needed) service on the body, I settled for a new body. My wife said it could be my birthday present for the next five years !

 

If you put the card back in the camera, can you see the images on it in the viewscreen?  If it is the card, or the images haven't been recorded onto it properly. you could try recovery software, I can recommend 'Recuva' from Piriform :

 

http://www.piriform.com/recuva

 

but there plenty of alternatives, just google 'File recovery software'. Recuva is a neat small package and easy to use.

 

To check the camera, put a different card in it and go shoot some images - artistic merit is not required, anything will do - and then see if you can 'see' the images on your computer. We have never had a memory problem with a Canon. We have had one that went mechanically cranky after about 5.000 images and was scrapped but the one my wife uses mainly has taken about 50,000 images to date and is still going strong.

 

Good luck !

 

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