Copying photos back from PC onto the SD card

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Mare_333 Regular Member • Posts: 184
Copying photos back from PC onto the SD card

Hello I have a question about SD card or to be exact how to view on camera photos copied from PC back onto the SD card. I would prefer to copy them back onto the SD card and to view on camera after I edited them on PC. However, I ran into a problem. I was able to copy from PC onto SD card – it’s pretty self explanatory you insert the SD card into the PC, it shows the SD card folder, you copy or drag files from pictures folder on the PC into the SD card folder (the folder is called DCIM). So I used this method and when I am on the PC I am able to see that the photo is on the SD card. However, when I insert the SD card into the camera and try to view the saved photo on camera it is NOT there. I tried formatting the SD card and used several different SD cards but had the same problem. I use Nikon D3300 camera. I would really appreciate if someone helps me out with this problem. Thanks so much. .

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Flowchart Senior Member • Posts: 2,000
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Just a wild stab in the dark; are they in .jpg format and in the correct directory / Nikon file naming?

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Lensmate Veteran Member • Posts: 7,995
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Mare_333 wrote:

Hello I have a question about SD card or to be exact how to view on camera photos copied from PC back onto the SD card. I would prefer to copy them back onto the SD card and to view on camera after I edited them on PC. However, I ran into a problem. I was able to copy from PC onto SD card – it’s pretty self explanatory you insert the SD card into the PC, it shows the SD card folder, you copy or drag files from pictures folder on the PC into the SD card folder (the folder is called DCIM). So I used this method and when I am on the PC I am able to see that the photo is on the SD card. However, when I insert the SD card into the camera and try to view the saved photo on camera it is NOT there. I tried formatting the SD card and used several different SD cards but had the same problem. I use Nikon D3300 camera. I would really appreciate if someone helps me out with this problem. Thanks so much. .

Out of curiosity, why would you even want to do this?

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WPMChan Senior Member • Posts: 1,591
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Mare_333 wrote:

Hello I have a question about SD card or to be exact how to view on camera photos copied from PC back onto the SD card. I would prefer to copy them back onto the SD card and to view on camera after I edited them on PC. However, I ran into a problem. I was able to copy from PC onto SD card – it’s pretty self explanatory you insert the SD card into the PC, it shows the SD card folder, you copy or drag files from pictures folder on the PC into the SD card folder (the folder is called DCIM). So I used this method and when I am on the PC I am able to see that the photo is on the SD card. However, when I insert the SD card into the camera and try to view the saved photo on camera it is NOT there. I tried formatting the SD card and used several different SD cards but had the same problem. I use Nikon D3300 camera. I would really appreciate if someone helps me out with this problem. Thanks so much. .

It can be done.

The photo files from your PC will need to be saved to the photo subfolder in the DCIM folder.

The generic name of the subfolder of my D5600 is 101D5600, and 100CPA in my Coolpix A.

It is most likely 100D3300 in your D3300.

However, if you have formatted your card, the subfolder will also be deleted. You can recreate the subfolder by taking a photo.

OP Mare_333 Regular Member • Posts: 184
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WPMChan wrote:

Mare_333 wrote:

Hello I have a question about SD card or to be exact how to view on camera photos copied from PC back onto the SD card. I would prefer to copy them back onto the SD card and to view on camera after I edited them on PC. However, I ran into a problem. I was able to copy from PC onto SD card – it’s pretty self explanatory you insert the SD card into the PC, it shows the SD card folder, you copy or drag files from pictures folder on the PC into the SD card folder (the folder is called DCIM). So I used this method and when I am on the PC I am able to see that the photo is on the SD card. However, when I insert the SD card into the camera and try to view the saved photo on camera it is NOT there. I tried formatting the SD card and used several different SD cards but had the same problem. I use Nikon D3300 camera. I would really appreciate if someone helps me out with this problem. Thanks so much. .

It can be done.

The photo files from your PC will need to be saved to the photo subfolder in the DCIM folder.

The generic name of the subfolder of my D5600 is 101D5600, and 100CPA in my Coolpix A.

It is most likely 100D3300 in your D3300.

However, if you have formatted your card, the subfolder will also be deleted. You can recreate the subfolder by taking a photo.

Thank you very much for your reply. I saved the copied photo in the DCIM folder indeed. Right next to the photo that was taken by the camera. When I insert the SD card back into the camera the photo that was taken by the camera is there and the one copied from the PC is NOT there. Maybe I am viewing it incorrectly on camera. I go to press the the viewing screen - the button with a little triangle that you press right after you've taken the image with your camera and wish to see it.

johnmcbay Regular Member • Posts: 179
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Again, why would you want to do this? Trying to move files around on an SD card is a sure way to invite disaster at some point. The card IS NOT a disk drive. Take your pictures. Copy them to your computer. Format the card when you are done editing the pictures.

David Lal Forum Pro • Posts: 13,339
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johnmcbay wrote:

Again, why would you want to do this? Trying to move files around on an SD card is a sure way to invite disaster at some point. The card IS NOT a disk drive. Take your pictures. Copy them to your computer. Format the card when you are done editing the pictures.

.. I think of SD cards as rather volatile and vulnerable storage media. Too easy for untoward things to happen, including simply misplacing the card. I copy my files across to the PC for culling/editing etc. then when I am sure I have what I want format the card (in camera).

F8AD
F8AD Regular Member • Posts: 185
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Make sure the PC file names are not identical to the original" in camera" photos, then try again perhaps.

SecondTimeAround Contributing Member • Posts: 651
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Mare_333 wrote:

WPMChan wrote:

Mare_333 wrote:

I was able to copy from PC onto SD card – it’s pretty self explanatory you insert the SD card into the PC, it shows the SD card folder, you copy or drag files from pictures folder on the PC into the SD card folder (the folder is called DCIM).

It can be done.

The photo files from your PC will need to be saved to the photo subfolder in the DCIM folder.

The generic name of the subfolder of my D5600 is 101D5600, and 100CPA in my Coolpix A.

It is most likely 100D3300 in your D3300.

However, if you have formatted your card, the subfolder will also be deleted. You can recreate the subfolder by taking a photo.

Thank you very much for your reply. I saved the copied photo in the DCIM folder indeed. Right next to the photo that was taken by the camera. When I insert the SD card back into the camera the photo that was taken by the camera is there and the one copied from the PC is NOT there. Maybe I am viewing it incorrectly on camera. I go to press the the viewing screen - the button with a little triangle that you press right after you've taken the image with your camera and wish to see it.

The DCIM folder is not the correct place to copy the photo.

As WPMChan told you, the correct folder would be a subfolder of DCIM.

WPMChan Senior Member • Posts: 1,591
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Mare_333 wrote:

Thank you very much for your reply. I saved the copied photo in the DCIM folder indeed. Right next to the photo that was taken by the camera. When I insert the SD card back into the camera the photo that was taken by the camera is there and the one copied from the PC is NOT there. Maybe I am viewing it incorrectly on camera. I go to press the the viewing screen - the button with a little triangle that you press right after you've taken the image with your camera and wish to see it.

In you DCIM folder, you should be able to see a subfolder, 100D3300 or similar. If you move your files copied from the PC to this subfolder, you should be able to see them using the viewing button of your camera.

I suspect that you probably have copied the photos taken by the camera and saved them in the DCIM folder as well. The original photo files are still in the 100D3300 subfolder.

What you saw when pushing the "viewing button" are in fact the photos still in the 100D3300 subfolder, not those in the DCIM folder.

Should you have "Cut and Paste", REMOVING the photos taken by the camera from the subfolder and saved them under DCIM, you will not be able to see them when you press the view button.

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