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Milton, FL
(Zone 8a)

December 23, 2009
2:48 AM

Post #7392114

my XP desktop died Monday,leaving me with a thumbdrive full of pictures to be transferred to my Vista laptop. erring is easy.Transferring with names intact has not happened so far.I am talking about 2000 or so pix and they must keep their names.
Any suggestions?I am used to being able to drag and drop from the Windows explorer list but have not found anything similar on Vista.
Shenandoah Valley, VA

December 23, 2009
2:57 PM

Post #7392996

When I got my new computer with Vista, I bought a handy dandy device for transferring files from my old XP computer called a Tornado. It worked like a charm and was very easy, drag and drop.
Milton, FL
(Zone 8a)

December 24, 2009
1:20 AM

Post #7394374

Thanks.I found a way.One picture at a time.It's slow and cumbersome but it keeps the name.
Salem, IL
(Zone 5b)

December 24, 2009
1:33 AM

Post #7394410

I have Vista and it has Explorer for a file manager. If your present
desktop crashed and your pics are on a thumb drive the easy way
to move them to your new hd is use the 'xcopy' function in the DOS
mode. You can also drag and drop them by pic or folder. The
DOS command line would be 'xcopy (drive) (drive) /e/s'. First
drive is the source, the second drive is the destination, /e is empty
subdivisions, and /s used subdivisions. Subdivisions are dosspeak
for windows folders. That command will transfer all files and folders
minus any hidden files or folders. It will leave all the files/folders
on the thumb drive intact.

My thumb drive uses two drives, E: and F: You may have other
drive letters for yours according to other physical or partitioned
drives. Look under 'My computer' to get the correct letters. The
first drive for the thumb has some drive files and initiating files,
the second drive has the actual files you want.

I lost a lot of pics playing around with copying to and from a thumb
drive so be careful how you make the transfer. Good luck.
Salem, IL
(Zone 5b)

December 24, 2009
2:03 AM

Post #7394488

I just copies a couple of pic folders to my thumb drive and I found I
had misspoken about the drive letters. E: accepted the new files
and F: has the initialization files. Sorry about that.
Milton, FL
(Zone 8a)

December 24, 2009
3:47 PM

Post #7395800

Thank you OGR.I will try this later today after some of the last minute Christmas stuff is done.

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