A USB drive is a small and simple tool for moving images from computer to computer. These small storage media, often no more than 2 cm in length, can store data from 1 gigabyte (USB stick) to as much as 1 terabyte of data (external hard drive), including documents, photos, music and videos. The method will vary slightly depending on the computer you want to place the images on, but most other computers and devices use the same processes.
Method 1 of 2: Transferring images on a Mac
Step 1. Get a USB stick with enough space to store all your photos
For transferring high-resolution photos, it is recommended that you have a stick of at least 32 GB.
- Right-click on a photo you want to move. You should now be able to see the size of the file, so you can approximate how much storage space you need.
- A 1 GB USB stick can generally store about 340 3 MB photos. A 32 GB USB stick can store approximately 10,000 3 MB photos.
Step 2. Turn on your computer
Find the photos. These can usually be found in the Pictures folder and in your iPhoto library on most Mac computers.
Step 3. Open the iPhoto application, or click on the Pictures folder
Click on “iPhoto Library” to access all your photos. If you haven't moved photos to iPhoto yet, use Finder to find the photos you want to move.
Step 4. Plug your USB stick into the USB port on the side of your Mac
If a window from the USB stick doesn't open automatically, open a new Finder window. Select the name of the USB from the list of drives in the right column.
Step 5. Return to iPhoto or the location of your images
Click and drag your mouse over the images you want to copy or select multiple images by holding the “Shift” key while clicking on each photo you want.
Step 6. Go to Edit on the main menu and select “Copy” with your photos all selected
Step 7. Click on the Finder box of your USB stick
Then select the Edit menu and choose “Paste.”
Instead of this procedure, you can also drag a folder of images from the Finder window to the window of your USB stick. In this way, the folder will be copied to the USB stick's window
Step 8. Repeat with as many sets of images as you want to move
Step 9. Return to your USB stick's window when you're done copying everything you wanted to move
Click on the small icon to take out your stick. Then remove the stick from the USB port.
Method 2 of 2: Move pictures in Windows
Step 1. Get a USB stick big enough to store all your photos
Make sure you have a free USB port.
Step 2. Click on the Start menu and choose “Pictures” from the list of frequently used folders
You can also find it under My Computer and in the Windows Live Photo Gallery.
Step #3. Tap the box in the top left corner of each photo to select it
Continue until you have selected all the photos you want.
Step #4. Go to Edit in the main menu
Select “Copy” from the drop-down list.
Step 5. Plug in your USB stick
In most cases, the computer will recognize the stick and ask you if you want to open it. Choose to open it as a folder in a new window.
Step 6. Click on the USB stick window
Go to Edit in the main menu and choose “Paste.” Your selected photos will now be copied to that USB stick.
You can also click on folders and drag them with photos and all into the USB stick window to copy them
Step 7. Click on File in the main menu when you are in the USB stick window
Select “Eject” from the list of options. Remove your USB stick and connect it to another computer.