Transferring photos to SD Card - Help!
Hi, this may seem like a simple question but I can't figure out how to copy photos FROM my PC to an SD card using my camera as transfer mechanism. Is this something that SD cards and/or cameras just don't support? Here are the details:.

1) I insert my SD card (2GB Kingston) into my camera (Ricoh GRD)2) The camera shows up as a drive under "My Computer" (I'm running windows XP)3) I try to drag a photo from the PC to the card.

4) Windows gives me an error saying it can't copy the file because the disk is locked (its not!).

I did a google search and found a suggestion to format the SD card first. I tried this, but Windows gives me a similar error message saying it can't format the card because it's locked..

Any help is appreciated!..

Comments (7)

On SD cards, there is a small tab on the card to write protect. If you touched it by mistake, maybe you have locked the card?.

Try taking a picture with your camera to be really sure that your card is not lock..

The steps you wrote should work if the card is not locked..

Good luck.

Claude Carrier..

Comment #1

Are you sure the camera will work in this way as a card writer - I know it has function to write images to the SD card but the makers have no need to include the function as a writer of files transferred from elsewhere. Your best bet would be a separate card reader/writer which are really cheap and have the advantage of being able to import images from the card whilst not using the camera or it's battery..

Good luck.

Shaysart - Capturing your Dreams..

Comment #2


Just out of curiosity... why would you want to transfer pictures TO a card? Normally, the object is to get them off a card..

I know you can do it with some cameras, but your particular camera may not allow using the card and camera as storage device. For that, you are better off with a thumb drive, or even one of these......

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This is a card reader which functions AS a thumb drive! And Radio Shack sells it for less than $4 on their website!Marty

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Comment #3

Hi Folks, thanks for the responses..

First, the card isn't locked - I've tested this by taking pictures and writing them to the card..

Second, the reason I'm trying to write TO the card is because I want to show some pics on a digital picture frame I purchased..

Sounds like the camera doesn't support writing to the card from a PC. Oh well...

Comment #4

Nice suggestion on that Radio Shack device. Will get one this weekend...

Comment #5

Most digital picture frames have the ability to connect to a PC via a USB cable to transfer pictures to it. Yours might even have one buried in the bottom of the box. Try that first. If not, you'll need a card reader device. You can get them for almost free if you look around the web or ebay...

Comment #6

There are two modes for USB - a camera mode and usb transfer mode. I can't remember the technical term. But you must set it up as a USB transfer mode so it see's the SD card as an external hard drive or as a flash drive..

Hope this makes sense..

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