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How do I copy photos from Window's 7 library to external hard drive easily?

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November 1, 2013 10:17:26 PM

I want to copy photos from windows 7 - library - pictures, to an external hard drive. I can't do a lot of photos at once (a month's worth), because windows numbers them 001, 002, 003, etc. each day. In order to copy a month's worth, windows wants to make the next day 001(1), 002 (1) etc. The old windows was much simpler. HELP!

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November 1, 2013 10:22:00 PM

bgardner said:
I want to copy photos from windows 7 - library - pictures, to an external hard drive. I can't do a lot of photos at once (a month's worth), because windows numbers them 001, 002, 003, etc. each day. In order to copy a month's worth, windows wants to make the next day 001(1), 002 (1) etc. The old windows was much simpler. HELP!


Theoretically you should be able to *copy* the entire Pictures folder and *paste* it into a backup folder on the external drive. I've done this many times in the past.
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November 1, 2013 10:24:46 PM

You'll need to find the source of your photos. This will usually be located in

  1. C:\Users\USERNAME\Pictures


You can then put all of them in a single folder and copy that folder over to your external disk.
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November 2, 2013 10:26:56 AM

The back-up idea is helpful thank you. That solves my immediate problem. For further editing of my photos, windows separate my photos into days, so there is a separate folder for each day I took photos, that means there is a LOT of files. I want a month or two worth of photos all together in only one file. Any ideas on that?
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November 2, 2013 10:31:02 AM

The easiest way would just be to add them to an archive. Select one (or more) files or folders, right click, then select Send to, then compressed (zipped) folder.
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