How to Copy Files from a Memory Card to Windows 11 PC

This post shows students and new users steps to copy or transfer files from a memory card to a Windows 11 computer. A memory card or portable drive is a common way of transferring files from a digital camera or computer to another computer.

Windows 11 supports many types of memory cards. From SD card to miniSD card and MicroSD card and more, depending on if your computer has a slot or external card reader available.

A lot computers do not come with built-in memory cards reader so you may to purchase an external reader that connects through a USB port. Once a card reader is connected to your computer, make sure it’s properly plugged in, and working.

The new Windows 11, when released generally to everyone, will come with many new features and enhancements that will work great for some while adding some learning challenges for others. Some things and settings have changed so much that folks will have to learn new ways to work with and manage Windows 11.

Don’t be afraid to use Windows 11, we’ll show you how to use it and help you copy our files from your memory cards or USB drives.

To get started transferring your files from a memory card to Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to transfer files from memory cards to Windows 11

Once you have the correct card reader attached to your computer for the memory card with your files, insert the card into the card reader. A SD card goes into the SD slot and MicroSD goes into the MicroSD slot.

Depending on your computer settings, Windows 11 will notify you to choose what to do with the files, similar to the notification below.

Select to choose what happens with removable drives

Then new pop up should come up with options on what to do with the drive inserted. At this point, click Open folder to view files.

In some cases, you may not get a prompt, and File Explorer will automatically open and show you the content of the drive. If File Explorer doesn’t open the memory card or drive automatically, click on This PC on the left, then double-click a newly attached drive with a letter E, F, G or H?

At this point, you can either choose to transfer a single file or all the files on the memory card to your computer. If you’re transferring all the file, then pressing CTRL + A on your keyboard to select all the file. You can also read this post to learn how to select files.

Once you’ve selected the file or all the files, press the Windows key  Press the Windows key  and E on your keyboard. A new windows of File Explorer will open up. Simply browse to where you want to put the copied files, then press the CTRL + V on your keyboard to paste the file(s).

You may also use the mouse to select and copy/paste files to Windows 11. Read the post below to learn how to select items on Windows 11 to copy and paste.

How Select Files and Folders in Windows 11 – Website for Students

That should do it.


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