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

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

    C:\Users\USERNAME\Pictures


    You can then put all of them in a single folder and copy that folder over to your external disk.
  3. 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?
  4. 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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