I have some pics I'd like to load onto the mem card for viewing/showing elsewhere.The pics xferred to the card ok,but must be in the wrong format maybe,as they will not show on the screen...it's as if the camera does not know they are there.
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Insert your memory card into an USB memory card reader then insert the USB card reader into your powered up Dell computer. The Dell will see this USB card reader with the memory card as an external storage device. You can then click on this memory card and open the folder that contains the photos. You can then select the various photos and copy them onto a folder on the C drive on your Dell laptop.
maybe the pictures are corrupt files, if so what will transferring them to your desktop accomplish. If the files are good and you have the appropriate software to view them you should be able to on the laptop.
However if you want to try...
1) put in mem stick , when laptop recognizes it go into my computer
2) click on the icon for mem stick and minimize it
3) open my computer a 2nd time and click on drive pics are on
4) click on the first file / first pic and the while holding down shift key go to end of list of files that are the pics
5) rt click and press cut
6) then go into the other my computer open which should be the mem stick then rt click and hit paste
7) remove mem stick from laptop and place it in desktop
8) when desktop recognizes it , gather up all pic files with the shift key procedure done on laptop
rt click cut/copy
9) then go into c drive or applicable hard drive then rt click paste
Sounds like a MobileMate quirk Tanya. Use your USB cable connection to your PC/Camera interface and delete pics that way too see if this funny goes away.
If it does, and I believe it will, then it is a SanDisk issue not revising the File Allocation Table(FAT) after deleting the Pic File on the mem card.
You could also find out if this is just an SDHC SD card reader issue by using an older less dense standard 1 or 2Meg non-SDHC mem card in the reader and see if issue goes away.
The fallback of course to view and delete the pics on the camera before download, or download pics then note which pic file numbers you want deleted after viewing on PC, then put SD card back in camera and delete them there.
Another option for trial, is to cut and paste the whole DCIM folder, or sub pic folder to your PC from off the SD card using the card reader. The camera automatically generates subfolders under the DCIM folder if you completely remove(deleting by a cut or move), when you take your first picture on a camera with a DCIM but not sub pic folder. Try this first and I think you will find all pics will be deleted from camera that are in a subfolder under DCIM. If not, then cut or move the whole DCIM folder and create a new DCIM(empty) folder on the SD card using the PC and card reader. Of course using this method you cannot selective delete individual pics from the mem card. You would be deleting them all after the Folder cut or move from the SD card.
i don't think you can transfer photos from mem stick to internal mem, but may i suggest purchasing a multi port card reader? it is a small device, compatible with most all mem cards- deff for Sony Cyber-shot- you simply insert your mem stick and plug into the USB port on your computer, this will also save unnecessary wear on your camera, They are fairly cheap, at around $15, no software is needed, your computer will recognize it as a mem stick, just as it does the camera
You do not need Camera Software to download pic to computer. Look for CAMERA or USB Storage Device in you MyComputer folder.
Your camera should show up in MyComputer as a Drive Device. If it does, just double click on it to view mem card contents. Drag and Drop or right click to Copy and Paste to your Pictures Folder or wherever folder.
Better yet, avoid these hassles forever by buying yourself a mine card reader that plugs directly into our USB port. I recommend the SanDisk Mobile Mate SD+. It is just a little larger than a USB Flash Drive and reads SD, SDHC, and MicroSD mem cards. No more unique and bulky USB cables to lug around and saves your camera battery power that otherwise is needed to view and download pics via cable.
$15 at RadioShack, Stapes, or anywhere mem cards are sold.
BTW, for maximum shot to shot response times on the TZ3, buy mem cards that specify at least a 10Megbits/sec data xfer speed. SanDisk Ultra II cards meet this spec. No need for faster more expensive Ultra III that cost more. Probably not worth buying unless you were going to buy a card anyway. TZ3 can handle SDHC(HighCapacity) mem cards to 8Gigabit. Very handy for mem hungry Movie clips.
There are companies that claim to be able to retrieve deleted files on mem cards, if their space has not been written over by other pics taken sense, or a mem card FORMAT. Google it.
Your better approach may be to try to recover the files showing 3Meg size on your computer download. Sounds like mem card quit working correctly after first 100 photoes. Was this a name brand SD card like San Disk or Panasonic? Beware of off brand junk sold on ebay or other sites CHEAP. They are designed to report back the size they claim to be, but are 1/2 size capacity or less in reality. You never know until you need your photos. The other thing is SD cards fail and are never a good as a BackUp source for files. For file xfers only in general.
Good lesson for all is to be sure all your pics show up on your computer before deleting on camera.