HELP! I want to copy pictures from PC to disk - HELP!!!!!!

@coffeebreak (17829)
United States
April 19, 2008 8:36pm CST
I have spent the last 4 hours straight trying to deal with getting my photos onto a disk. Please help me if you can! I need to make a disk of all my photos (instead of the old fashioned negatives, and also to copy and send to others). I used MIcrosoft Picture It to crop and size and all that, then save the photo to my hard drive under My Pictures in My Documents. I open them on the hard drive, and there they are so I know that much is done. Now, I want to copy all the photos onto a disk to save (instead of negatives or many photo albums) and also to make additional send disks to send to others. Now, I tried copy and paste (choose folders I want and click "copy" and then open the CD drive E: and click "paste". It gives me something about "thumb" is not recognized by this program. Not a clue what that is. And it only copies some of the photos, not all. I have tried a CD Creator program, and although it came with my PC when I bought it, and had it on here at one time, it now says it is not compaitble with this version of windows (XP) I have done no changes to it in anyway. I did find out that I have to use a DVD disk as there is not enough room on a CD disk at least that is what it told me. I am copying maybe 100 pictures. 780 mg is what the CD-RW is. I tried a DVD with 4.7gb -is that enough? How many pictures will the CD hold? If it holds like 50 regular size (4x6) prints, that will be okay, but I con't know how many it will hold. So, any suggestions on how to copy from the hard drive to disk? Which disk to use, and how to copy and burn it? I am a novice so tell me in those wonderful "words for dummies" so I can understand! I have WinXP. Thanks so much
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6 responses
• Singapore
20 Apr 08
You have to know what your drive is first and what kind of disc it accepts. Some are combo drives, some can only accept cds, some dvds. Being able to read is different from being able to write. Yours is a writer? If yes, doing what you did or using the default program should work... Try www.download.com and search for the program you want using keywords such as "cd writer" or something. Go for the free ones if possible and filter for Windows XP only. Thumb drives are not Cd drive E. They will usually appear like a harddisk icon, probably drive D (if you only have a C drive) or F for your case.
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@coffeebreak (17829)
• United States
20 Apr 08
My drive is a DVD/CD writer - brand new -just replaced with warrenty by HP. Will try www.download and see what I can find. Thumb drives - haven't a clue as to what it means, I was coping the pics and a "message" box opened saying this - I was coping from C drive to E drive(writer) when this happened. My memory stick drive is F and my CD drive is E
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• Singapore
20 Apr 08
Beats me then... maybe you just need a suitable writing program...
• Philippines
20 Apr 08
nero is used to burn data from your pc to disks, i guess you can search for it in the net and just donwload it,, anyways there should be a nero installer when you purchase your disk writer, or is your disk drive a writer or just a reader? you should check that out first.
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@coffeebreak (17829)
• United States
20 Apr 08
It is a DVD/CD Writer
• United States
20 Apr 08
I`m not good at these things ether.but I have a nero program and it explains every step to burn.you need to put your problem in the computer interest.part of mylot. theirs a guy on their thats real good with things like that,he probly will respond to your trouble.
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@coffeebreak (17829)
• United States
20 Apr 08
I did put it in the computer interest. Is that not where you found me? How do I find Nero program?
@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
20 Apr 08
I use nero to do it. It works fine for me. No were you saving the pictures themselves or the thumbs icons? Because they are different things. Thumbs are generated by windows if I"m not mistaken every time you open and save pictures - in this case - they contain information from the files and help to open then faster when you want to see them again. If you were trying to save those as opposed to the images themselves then maybe that is the problem. YOu should be able to save quite a lot of pictures on a cd - it depends on their size but still you still should be able to certainly save 100. How did you save them after editing? THey often are saved as bmap, jpg or gif although there are a lot of other formats. Some formats take more space them others, but I don't see any reason why a CD wouldn't be enough to store 100 pictures even if they are in albums. I sent a cd to my mom with over 150 pictures from my kids just last week.
@coffeebreak (17829)
• United States
20 Apr 08
So I went to www.download and choose the 4 star rated program of DeepBurner. Downloaded it and tried to copy my pictures to CD-RW It tells me there is not enough space - the CD had 680 mg and I need 1.3 gb. So I take the CD out and put in a DVD-RW with 4.7gb and it tells me the disk is not writable (it says it IS writeable on the box) . It also says a writable CD is a compact disc that can be converted to a convential or audto CD by a CD recording drive (CD-R or CD-RW) My disk drive say it is DVD writer /CD Writer and it says on the front on the tower "DVD+/-RW/CD-RW" and "double layer 16x DVD+/-R/RW drive with CD writer capabilities". ON the CD writer is says DVD Writer/CD Writer What kind of disk do I need? I asked at hte office supply store and they told me DVD -RW is the best over all as it accomodates -R and +R. Same with CD +/-RW disks. So I have both, now and still, they are not acceptable. I use windows XP and Compaq Presario. I saved my pics to hard drive via Picture IT 2000 and they are on my hard drive in folders. I'm dying here!
@Asylum (26003)
• Manchester, England
20 Apr 08
The easy way around this is to split the photos into 2 groups and burn 2 Cds from them. I do not know the software program that you refer to, but you could check whether the setting is for CD or DVD. Most writing programs need to have CD or DVD selected, whichever you are using at the time. As for the DVD itself, if your drive is DVD+/DVD- then it should be able to use any disk.
@busta1 (1029)
• United States
20 Apr 08
well you can just put in a blink cd in your pc and drag and drop onto the cd.
• United States
20 Apr 08
Call around to computer stores ,or try best buy, or staples.to find nero program.