Need help copying pics from hard drive for safe keeping....

@coffeebreak (17820)
United States
March 12, 2011 1:29pm CST
I use my Cannon Sure Shot and the memory stick...plug the stick into the PC and copy the pictures to my hard drive...as they are from the stick..no editing or anything. Now..I need to do some repair work to my pc and might end up and just do a factory restore. I assume I will loose these pics on the hard drive...so I need to copy them to a disk/flash drive or something. Question: Do I need to edit them to copy them properly? By editing I mean, sizing, croping, sizing etc. I hate doing this, and wish I could just go back to film... progress stinks! Didn't have these worries! But now that I do...any suggestions on the easiest way as well as most efficient and all, way to copy the pictures somewhere until I can get up the ambition and skill(I hate this!) to edit them and organize them on the hard drive better...then copy to disk for safe keeping. Is it possible to just copy and paste from the hard drive to wherever? Will the pics copy right that way? I also got over taken by organzing them. I am an "over organizing" and got things so organized, I haven't a clue as to what I have where! The editing program I have that is great, is Microsoft Picture It 2000. quick easy and does what I want it to do. Time consuming and tedious, but still...that is what I have and don't want to have to learn a new a whole new system! Any suggestions will be appreciated!
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@peavey (16876)
• United States
12 Mar 11
Yes, you should be able to copy them to a flash drive or CD just the way they are. Unless they're huge and take up an enormous amount of space you shouldn't have to edit them, but if you do, all you need to do is resize them. How you do that depends on the program you use, but some allow batch resizing, which could cut the time involved by quite a bit.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
12 Mar 11
My other problem is...if I put them in this photo editing program, and I loose the program...I loose the pictures too. I have lots in folders within MS Picture It, but if something happens to that on the PC due to restore or something...I loose them all. So that is why I was just keeping them on the hard drive (C) in folders there. I thought it'd be easier too to copy them on disk/flash cause then if lost, I just copy and paste them back there. If I keep them only in the photo editing program...if lost, I can put the program back on...but could I put the pictures back on it? I don't know. THis is why this is so frustrating. i can't understand it well enough to know what to do!
@peavey (16876)
• United States
13 Mar 11
If you lose the program and can reinstall it, you should be able to put the pictures back in it from a flash drive or CD. What is the format?
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
14 Mar 11
.jpg only one I use
@stylewaves (1063)
• India
13 Mar 11
Just make the whole folder as an Winrar or an ISO file , so that the real files will be in the exact form as they were you can edit them and save them in the external folder
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
14 Mar 11
That is over my head! I haven't a clue what those things are!
@LaDeBoheme (2003)
• United States
13 Mar 11
The easiest way is to burn them to CD or DVD, as is. I regularly burn all my photos to DVD for safekeeping.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
14 Mar 11
That is what I need to do. Do you have a procedure you can share? It is all so complicated for me! I just can't figure why I can't understand it. I have a mini disk DVD video camera and to get those movies off there is a nightmare for me! I follow all instructions, and can sometimes do it right once, but repeated times...it doesn't do right! I pull my hair out working on this!