How come my pictures and video get deleted off my memory card when I copy them over to my computer?

by on May 7, 2009

Q: I have a Nikon Coolpix s550 camera. Ever since I’ve had it, whenever I put the memory card into the computer and edit any pictures (thinking they’ll be saved back onto the disk edited) they are deleted off the memory card and it says “File No Longer Available” or something like that.

I just had a bunch of concert videos and pictures on the memory card. I edited some pictures and “copied” the pictures and videos to a folder on my computer. I put the memory card back into the computer and everything was gone except a few pictures.

I tried putting everything back on the memory card but it says there isn’t enough room. I also put all the videos back on the memory card, it shows they’re there on computer, but in the camera they don’t show up.


One Response to “How come my pictures and video get deleted off my memory card when I copy them over to my computer?”
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    I’d suggest you try using Picasa ( picasa.google.com ) to import your photos from your memory card to your computer before you start doing any kind of editing, and then doing your photo editing from Picasa (will cover most of your basic needs) or with another tool, but working off the data on your harddrive instead of the memory card.

    Depending on how you’ve been doing the copies of your images off the memory card, you might have been inadvertently doing a “move” from the card to your hard drive. This is a common default since most people tend to want to ‘unload’ their camera cards so they have room for more photos.