Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Thanks for the memories

My digital picture frame died over the summer, and I received a new one for Christmas. The gift included a memory card already loaded with some pictures, so I could immediately start using the frame.

However, tonight I wanted to add more photos to the mix. With my old frame, it was easy; I could import new images (which I have archived on my computer's hard drive) from a flash drive. I read the instructions for the new model several times; there was no mention of importing. I was at a loss. How could I move pictures from my computer onto the memory card? A little Internet searching revealed a cumbersome but workable solution.

The first step was to exchange the frame's memory card for the one I already had in my camera. I connected the camera to the computer in the usual way, and opened up a folder to view the camera's files. Then instead of moving photo from my camera's memory card to my hard drive, I went backward and moved the files to the memory card!

It's great to have more pictures in rotation on my frame.


  1. Good for you! I'm glad you figured it out. I am a little surprised it's so difficult - that seems like a pretty critical function of a digital picture frame.

  2. I was surprised how much harder it was on this frame than the last.

  3. You can also get a little memory card reader that hooks up to your computer. They're not very expensive (don't remember--I'm thinking maybe $10-20?), and can read a variety of memory card formats (which is good for us because our regular camera uses one kind, and my daughter's kiddy-camera uses another). From that you can move files back and forth between the card and the computer (and then to a different card or flash drive or whatever).

    For Christmas, I sent my father a digital frame and CD full of photos of my kids from the past year. His frame had its own internal memory, so I loaded it up with as many pictures as I could so it would work right out of the box also.

  4. You can buy a memory card reader that will let you hook your memory cards up to your computer through a USB slot like you do your flash drive. Don't remember how much we spent on ours, but it was pretty cheap (I'm thinking under $20). It also reads different card formats, which for us is good because our regular camera needs a different kind of card than my daughter's kiddy camera.

  5. Kristi, I learned about memory card readers in my research for this...I'll probably get one next time I have extra money in my purse at the end of the month.