How to move photos from iPhone to PC

  • Article by: STEVE ALEXANDER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 31, 2012 - 4:43 PM

QHow can I upload photos taken on my iPhone 4 to my Dell PC's "My Pictures" folder? Do I need additional software?

PETER GILLETTE, MINNEAPOLIS

AYou don't need additional software. Your PC can import photos or videos from your iPhone via the phone's USB cord. See tinyurl.com/24hdxn5.

Note that this operates independently of the iTunes "sync" feature, which lets you automatically or manually copy content one-way from a PC to an iPhone, iPad or iPod. When you import photos or videos from an iPhone to a PC, Microsoft Windows is reading the iPhone's memory as if it were an external disk drive.

If for some reason this approach doesn't work, there is for-pay software that will transfer photos and other content, including music and documents, from an iPhone to a PC. See tinyurl.com/7espnnk.

QI've got a zillion photos scattered over dozens of directories and hard drives. I'd like to copy all these photos onto a single hard drive that I could put in a safe deposit box. I'd prefer not to duplicate photos and to avoid copying directories individually. How can I do it?

MICHAEL PELT, JACKSONVILLE, FLA.

AThe Windows search function can help by rapidly searching all the directories on a hard drive for photos.

Go to Start, go to "search" and type in ".jpg" (joint photographic experts group, the most-used photo format.) The PC will compile a list of all .jpg photos on the hard disk. If there are duplicates, you'll be asked if you want to include them. Copy the search list and paste it to an external disk drive.

Do the same with your other hard disk drives.

Note that the search function finds all .jpg photos, including tiny advertising images from any saved Web pages. There's no harm in this, but you may wind up saving more photos than you want.

QI keep getting messages from my laptop's Kaspersky Anti-Virus software that say my "computer security is at risk." This happens even though I've run multiple "full scans" and "critical area scans" that reported no risks. In addition, I've installed all Kaspersky updates. What am I missing?

RONALD IANNELLI,

GRAND RAPIDS, MINN.

AKaspersky Lab, the makers of the software, say the problem is that your program is set to "interactive protection mode," which causes the software to notify you every time a potential threat is detected. Kaspersky explains at tinyurl.com/7gjcky9 how you can eliminate these notifications for "threats" you know are safe. Alternatively, you can avoid getting these messages altogether by switching the software from interactive to automatic. See tinyurl.com/7wron5u.

E-mail tech questions to steve.j.alexander@gmail.com, or write to Tech Q&A, 425 Portland Av., Minneapolis, MN 55488. Include name, city and telephone number.

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