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Transfer photos to PC?

Discussion in 'Motorola Droid 4' started by Pinky1352, Jun 1, 2012.

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    I just switched from the original Droid X to a Droid 4, and can't find the photo storage area on the phone to copy photos to my PC. On my old droid they used to be stored in the DCIM folder, but now when I hook up phone to PC via USB cable, all I can see are a .motorola_thumbnails folder (which is empty) and .thumbnails folder which only has SOME thumbnails in it, not ALL of the photos that I can see in my timeline gallery.

    Are they hiding somewhere else?

    TIA!!
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    Try going to settings > storage > manage internal storage, and then move all pictures to external SD. Then just put your SD card in the new phone.
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    My pictures from the camera are stored to the external SD card DCIM/Camera folder. The use of the word "external" implies the SD card is outside the phone housing but in actuality it is not, it is the micro SD card installed next to your SIM card beneath the back cover. To find out where your pics went you can open the camera app, click on the "Gear" icon on the bottom ribbon of icons or if the ribbon is not yet present press the Menu key and the ribbon will appear. From the Settings submenu that opens when you press the gear you can scroll through the various options to the one for Storage Location (fifth item from top), this will indicate if the pictures are on the "Internal phone storage" or "SD Card". Whichever option is selected is where your pictures went and are retrievable when you connect to your PC as follows once you connect your USB between the phone and PC:

    - If Internal phone storage was selected the pictures will reside in the folder DCIM/Camera on the drive labeled MOT on your PC
    - If SD Card was selected the pictures will reside in folder DCIM/Camera on the drive labeled Removable Disk on your PC

    You can make a change to the location you want the pictures to be stored at anytime by accessing the Storage Location submenu in Camera settings. Hope this helps.
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    Thanks for the reply. That's not exactly what I was trying to do. I originally DID get all of the photos from the old phone onto the new one by transferring contents of original SD card to new phone's SD card.

    What I'm trying to do now, since I have a bunch of new photos on the phone, is to transfer those new photos onto my PC. I suppose I could remove the SD card from the phone and insert into PC and see if they show up that way, but there should be an easier way to do this via USB like I could on the old phone. :(
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    Benton,
    It already had storage location as SD card, but when hooked up via USB, under DCIM, only those two thumbnails folders show up. No folder with actual pics :blink:
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    What Benton said is completely right. If you are seeing two thumbnails folders then you're looking at the phone's internal storage, and not the installed sd card. Try this to verify that you are looking in the right spot. On the phone go to the "my files" app and it should give you four choices: Internal, sd, shared and motocast. Look in the sd, then dcim, then camera and see what's there. If its empty then your pics must be on the internal.

    If you want to easy download stuff from your phone to pc I think motocast does so. I don't have it set-up though, maybe someone else can comment on it.
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    jsnweitzel..

    Thanks for that info. When I search that way a "Camera" folder, under DCIM, DOES show up with 210 items in it.(
    On the phone go to the "my files" app and it should give you four choices: Internal, sd, shared and motocast. Look in the sd, then dcim, then camera and see what's there.)
    It's only when I hook it up to my PC that I can't see that exact file structure with the "Camera" folder showing.
    I'm confused as to why this should be
    :blink:

    EDIT..OH..now I see why. Apparently when connected to PC I am seeing the "Internal Phone Storage" and NOT the SD card. When I check THAT folder on the phone I can see the .motorola_thumbnails and .thumbnails folders.

    Very odd...how do I get to the SD card itself on the PC?

    Second EDIT:

    Perhaps the cable I was connecting with was the problem. Now that I used the original USB cable that came with the phone, I can see the Camera folder on the PC (I was originally using the USB cable from an external HD because it was handy)..This is all very very strange.

    Thanks for all of the input. I appreciate learning more about this particular phone/OS!!

    Have a great weekend all!
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    If you are set to storage when you connect the usb cable you should get two pop-ups one is the internal the other is external. Or look in your drive list under my computer. If you not then you may not have the right drivers installed or not be in storage mode.
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    Hi Pinky , I have a Droid 2 and 4 too , and i use motocast on both phones and computer , it just take a little time to set it up and it can sync your pc and phone wirelessly , pretty easy and fast . Give it a try and see how it works :)
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    Droid 4 Pics to PC

    While connected to a Droid 4 with USB, If you are not seeing the "Camera" folder under the DCMI Folder your windows explore is set to "Don't show hidden files, folders, and drives". go to your "folder options" in windows explore and set it to "Show hidden files, folders, and drives". Always verify that your Pics are located on your SD card and not local memory.
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    Deiterdigetata, tell me abut motocast. Will it rip my tracks from my compact disks on my Win 7 PC, convert them to MP3, and then download them to the SD card on my Droid 4 (under ICS)?
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    Hi websquad , To sync your phone and pc you have to download motocast on both , set it up and follow whatever it says , once finish you will be able to acces almost everything from your pc on your moto phone without downloading using the space of your phone . If you need further help i'll be around .
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    Motocast -- what can it do (and not do).

    Per chance, will MotoCast allow me to sync my calendar, notes, and contacts from Outlook 2007, as well as sync my music I have downloaded to my Windows PC? Can it do this without storing any of my date "in the cloud" in some off-site server farm?
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    Hi Again Websquad , The answer to your question is yes , You can access to most of files , music , videos and pic s from another computer or phone , you just have to spend a little time to learn about how to use motocast , first off download it to your computer and phone sync it , choose what you want to have access to and voila!!!!

    https://motorola-global-portal.cust.../how-do-i-use-motocast-wireless-on-my-device?
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    Not wanting to hijack this thread but is Motocast superior to using dropbox to transfer stuff?
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    Does this allow one to sync Outlooked-based information (calendar, contacts, tasks, notes) on my desktop with my Droid 4?
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    I had no idea there was a difference between the USB cable that arrived with my RAZR & at this point, I couldn't possibly discern one from another - or is there a perceptible way to tell? How do I describe that USB & replace it & from any place other than Motorola?
    Assuming that I'll not have access (do not have the right USB cable, I assume) how can I send a few key pictures that I just want to print as a present prior to showing up for surgery at 6:30AM tomorrow & yes, I'm expert at waiting until the last minute. Duh, with wireless printer, I'll try to send to printer but - well, I'll see if there's option to send to picture paper tray but just in case I need more elaborate directions, please give it a try & I'll check back once I'm packed.
    Secondarily, it makes sense that I should move my pictures (not allowed to have cell in hospital room & friends will be keeping phone & bringing it to me - I'm a bit uneasy about the arrangement as I seem to have too many apps that run all the time so battery runs out ally fast which has not been issue for me because I've been bed bound and phone usually always plugged to AC, I feel as though this topic is stretching to many issues which is why I get hung up on what starts out being a simple issue -longest parentheses in history but I can't see much on phone screen & too difficult to walk, whether to PC or next room, really need new left knee:hail:)-again, pictures to the PC (new with Windows 7 so if anything needs to be downloaded, please include that as well since it is only basic stuff + Office Professional - also, it's 64bit).
    I'll check back later to find out if suggestions came in. Thanks in advance, Sandra edit added - it' Office 2010.
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    Thank you!!!



    This is exactly what I needed to know as I was having the same issue - not knowing where to look for the pictures on my phone! My pics are now being transferred to a flash drive and will free up tons of space on my droid 4! You're the best!
    Melissa ;) :biggrin:
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    Idk if anyone uses this but I have Sweet Home! which automatically sends my pictures to my pc and sorts them into dated folders whenever I am on my wifi. you can also set it to send when on wifi and when power is connected or however you like. But it is completely wireless and everything works perfectly I don't know for sure if it does anything other than pictures but you can select which directories you would like to send to pc. and you can upload the pictures whenever you like when your on your wifi by clicking the manual upload. the app is free or you can get the donate version it is by the developer "SweeSoft"
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