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Saved photos to external hard drive, will new photos add on or not?

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HI About 6 months ago i bought an external hard drive for the first time a WD elements and put a few thousand photos on it that had been stored for a long time on my old computer. This computer is no… Read More
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6y, 10m agoPosted 6 years, 10 months ago
HI
About 6 months ago i bought an external hard drive for the first time a WD elements and put a few thousand photos on it that had been stored for a long time on my old computer. This computer is now playing up so i want to store the rest of my newer photos on it. The old photos are still on the old computer as well at the moment.
If i plug in my external drive first and then go to explore and find my pictures can i just drag the my pictures folder to the external drive. Will they all get put on again or will it realise alot of them are already on and just put the newer ones on about 300 photos in total.
I am not fully sure which were put on initially and i may have missed a few out so i would rather not indivivually drag files across as i would not know for sure if they were already on.
I am not very technical when it comes to files and folders so want to do the easiest way so that i do not loose any without duplicating them all. I have noticed the are all JPEG files if that helps in any way.
Thanks for any advice you can give. Hope i have made sense.
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6y, 10m agoPosted 6 years, 10 months ago
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If you drag all your pictures off the computer into the SAME folder on the external drive where all the pictres are then any NEW pictures will copy OK.

If there are any pictures with the same name ALREADY on the external hard drive then Windows will probably come up with a message like:

"Do you want to copy over the existing picture or not, or cancel the copy of that picture". (or words to that effect).

It will ask this for EACH picture, so if you select "copy it" then you need to tick the small tick box on the window to say "do this for each picture" (or words to that effect).

If you say "cancel it" (just that picture) then again you need to tick the small box that says "do this for each picture".
#2
One simple solution is as follows.

Go to the External drive and RIGHT click then select "New" then "Folder".

Give your folder a name like "Pictures2" or something like that then open it (so you are looking inside the folder - it will be empty of course).

Now drag ALL your pictures into this new folder.

Because it is a new folder they should all copy with no problem.

Now you have ALL your pictures in this new folder (and some of your older pictures in your original folder - which is not a problem)
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They should go over ok I did some like that :)
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One other word of advice.

External drives can fail. They are just spinning hard disks that can "crash". You can also drop an external hard drive and so on.

So storing anything on JUST an external hard drive is not a great solution.

Important files should be stored in at LEAST two places.

If you have a CD or DVD writer on your computer I suggest you copy ALL your pictures to a number of CDs or DVDs as an "extra" backup (as well as keeping them on the external drive).
#5
Thanks guys great answers doesnt sound too difficult either.
Will rep you all.
With regards to another back up i totally get that. That is the reason i didnt delete all the photos off the old computer because i have heard external hard drives can fail. I just never go round to getting another external hard drive as they are a bit expensive. It never dawned on me to put them onto dvds.
There are about 6000 photos in total. Do you have any idea how many dvds it would take are we talking 1 or 2 or 20. I have always up till now stored everything on the computer which i realise is stupid especially as the photos are mostly of my children over the last 10 years. We dont even print them off or very few.
Once i get a new computer i am going to learn to back up and take a lot more care with things.
Thanks
PS i have also put a question on about a new fax machine if any of you can recommend one.
#6
guilbert53
One other word of advice.

External drives can fail. They are just spinning hard disks that can "crash". You can also drop an external hard drive and so on.

So storing anything on JUST an external hard drive is not a great solution.

Important files should be stored in at LEAST two places.

If you have a CD or DVD writer on your computer I suggest you copy ALL your pictures to a number of CDs or DVDs as an "extra" backup (as well as keeping them on the external drive).



Good advice. :thumbsup:
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Goofeys Girl
Thanks guys great answers doesnt sound too difficult either.
Will rep you all.
With regards to another back up i totally get that. That is the reason i didnt delete all the photos off the old computer because i have heard external hard drives can fail. I just never go round to getting another external hard drive as they are a bit expensive. It never dawned on me to put them onto dvds.
There are about 6000 photos in total. Do you have any idea how many dvds it would take are we talking 1 or 2 or 20. I have always up till now stored everything on the computer which i realise is stupid especially as the photos are mostly of my children over the last 10 years. We dont even print them off or very few.
Once i get a new computer i am going to learn to back up and take a lot more care with things.
Thanks
PS i have also put a question on about a new fax machine if any of you can recommend one.



Do a right click on your photos folder, then choose properties.
It should then tell you the size of that folder.
If you assume a single layer dvd holds about 4.5 Gigs worth of data, then you should be able to work out how many dvds you need.
#8
Jumpingphil
Do a right click on your photos folder, then choose properties.
It should then tell you the size of that folder.
If you assume a single layer dvd holds about 4.5 Gigs worth of data, then you should be able to work out how many dvds you need.


Thank you that will be useful. repped you.
#9
I am not sure if your photos are in one folder, but this may be a good time to sort them out.

As a minimum your should put them into folders for the YEAR they were taken. That then splits them into smaller "chunks" which will be easier to put onto CD or DVD.

Within each year folder you could even create a folder for each MONTH for which you have pictures.

It is easy to find the date when you toook your pictures (assuming the date on your camera was correct when you took them).

Open the folder with your pictures and select to display them in DETAIL view (usually on the VIEW menu). This should display the name of the picture and the date they were taken.

Click on the "date" column heading to sort them into date order.

Then move them into their appropriate "year" folder. You can do the same for "months" as well if you like.

Then you could perhaps create one DVD for each year (so much easier to find a picture that way).

While this may be time consuming it will benefit in the long run, partly to make sure your pictures are backed up, and also to help you find them afterwards.
#10
Thats great advice they are all over the place at the moment. They went into seperate folders but my picture program created a new folder each time i attached the camera...sometimes this is a few weeks others can be as long as 6 months..so they are all muddled up.
I have just finished copying all my photos onto the external disc as well as onto a memory stick that i forgot i had so i now have 2 copies as well as the originals on the computer.
I am going to play around with the computer and sort the folders out etc and then hopefully copy again. Once thats done i will delete the ones on the computer as its now full up.
Thank you very much for the time you took to answer its very appreciated. I feel so much better now that i have the copies of the photos as the old computer as been playing up for some time.
#11
Yes ,I agree , they should be catogorised into folders , this stops them been copied or repeated . I have one folder at work aptly called photos on my main PC , then folders 08, 09,10 ,in each folder will be the departments .ie. DT ,Foodtech , Science ,Art , etc then the date labled on another folder with the photos in . We have thousands of photos taken at school over the years , trips ,school visits , etc ,etc . and there all in the one location and backed to disk every now and then .
Putting all the photos in to one folder and adding to them each week or month will be a nightmare when it comes to sorting them out .

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