Re: transferring photos from computer to a disk
> I have just purchased a Dell XPS 420 from PC world with Windows Vista
> I had previously backed up my photos on CD-RW which was a good thing as
> the motherboard and hard drive died spectacularly on my last PC.
> I have been trying to transfer the files from CD to the hard disk on my
> new PC. When I insert the CD in to the DVD-RW drive I get several
> options to transfer files:
> Using 'Media Import' (part of Vista) takes forever...and I mean forever
> - at last count more than 48 hours and still going to transfer about 800
> photos (approx 600MB). Shouldn't my DVD drive be a little quicker than
> If I transfer the files manually using cut and paste this seems to be
> just as slow and some of the files cannot be transferred.
> Please could somebody clever than I am help me? Is there a quicker way?
> Is this a problem with Vista, my DVD drive, the CD-RW or just inherent
> to the hardware that I am using?
You are doing it the hard way. You don't have to 'import' the pictures,
you only have to copy them from the CD to your hard drive.
As an experiment, I just copied 4.15 gigs of backed up photos from a DVD
to a hard drive in 13 min and 40 seconds.
Here is what I did - close the automatic choice menu that comes up
when you insert the CD into the drive. Click on 'Computer' (in the menu
or desk top, where ever you have it). When it opens and shows you your
drives, click on the CD/DVD drive and all of your folders/photo file
icons will be visible. Click on 'Alt' to bring up the tool bar menu,
click on edit, choose 'select all' and all of the files/folders will be
highlighted. Click on 'edit' again and select 'copy to folder'. A menu
will come up where you can choose which location you wish to have the
pictures copied to. Once you have chosen the location, click 'copy'.
With your system the copying should only take a couple of minutes at most.