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Can't Copy Pictures To SD Card

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Abradaxis, Mar 18, 2010.

  1. Abradaxis

    Abradaxis Flightless Bird

    Running XPSP3. I have a few thousand scanned digit photos on my hard
    drive, and my wife has asked me to transfer them to a digital picture
    photo frame. The frame will be using an SD Card, and it's limited to a 1gb
    capacity. I knew I wouldn't be able to copy all the pictures to the SD
    card, but I was trying to get as many as possible. Halfway through my
    first hard drive subdirectory (I catalogued them by years), after
    transferring about 250 picures (way under a gb, since they are not high
    res photos) I get a windows error something like "ERROR CREATING DIRECTORY
    OR FILE," and Windows bounces me out of the copy function. I tried
    creating a directory on the SD card, and copying them to the directory,
    but the same thing happens. I'm using the SD card in a Stratitec USB multi
    format device, but I don't think it has anything to do with the device.
    Any help greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "Abradaxis" <jsindler@career-objectives.com> wrote in message
    news:-ODsfH4txKHA.1548@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > Running XPSP3. I have a few thousand scanned digit photos on my hard
    > drive, and my wife has asked me to transfer them to a digital picture
    > photo frame. The frame will be using an SD Card, and it's limited to a 1gb
    > capacity. I knew I wouldn't be able to copy all the pictures to the SD
    > card, but I was trying to get as many as possible. Halfway through my
    > first hard drive subdirectory (I catalogued them by years), after
    > transferring about 250 picures (way under a gb, since they are not high
    > res photos) I get a windows error something like "ERROR CREATING DIRECTORY
    > OR FILE," and Windows bounces me out of the copy function. I tried
    > creating a directory on the SD card, and copying them to the directory,
    > but the same thing happens. I'm using the SD card in a Stratitec USB multi
    > format device, but I don't think it has anything to do with the device.
    > Any help greatly appreciated.


    Let's try a self-documenting copy method:
    - Click Start / Run / cmd{Enter}
    - Type the following commands:
    dir X:/ > c:/test.txt
    xcopy /s /c /d /y "S:/My Pictures" X:/ 1>>c:/test.txt 2>>&1
    notepad c:/test.txt
    (Replace X: with the drive letter of your SD card and "S:/My Pictures"
    with the actual location of your pictures)
    dir X:/ >> c:/test.txt
    - Remove the repetitive stuff, then post the remaining lines here.
     
  3. Alan Edwards

    Alan Edwards Flightless Bird

    It is doing it because there are limits.
    The solution is to use sub folders.
    I suspect the limit for a flash drive may be similar to that of a zip
    drive. Read here:

    http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q39/9/27.asp
    MS-DOS: Directory and Subdirectory Limitations

    ....Alan
    --
    Alan Edwards, MS MVP Windows - Internet Explorer
    http://dts-l.com/index.htm



    On Thu, 18 Mar 2010 17:00:20 -0400, in
    microsoft.public.windowsxp.general, "Abradaxis"
    <jsindler@career-objectives.com> wrote:

    >Running XPSP3. I have a few thousand scanned digit photos on my hard
    >drive, and my wife has asked me to transfer them to a digital picture
    >photo frame. The frame will be using an SD Card, and it's limited to a 1gb
    >capacity. I knew I wouldn't be able to copy all the pictures to the SD
    >card, but I was trying to get as many as possible. Halfway through my
    >first hard drive subdirectory (I catalogued them by years), after
    >transferring about 250 picures (way under a gb, since they are not high
    >res photos) I get a windows error something like "ERROR CREATING DIRECTORY
    >OR FILE," and Windows bounces me out of the copy function. I tried
    >creating a directory on the SD card, and copying them to the directory,
    >but the same thing happens. I'm using the SD card in a Stratitec USB multi
    >format device, but I don't think it has anything to do with the device.
    >Any help greatly appreciated.
    >
     
  4. John Inzer

    John Inzer Flightless Bird

    Abradaxis wrote:
    > Running XPSP3. I have a few thousand scanned digit photos on my hard
    > drive, and my wife has asked me to transfer them to a digital picture
    > photo frame. The frame will be using an SD Card, and it's limited to
    > a 1gb capacity. I knew I wouldn't be able to copy all the pictures to
    > the SD card, but I was trying to get as many as possible. Halfway
    > through my first hard drive subdirectory (I catalogued them by
    > years), after transferring about 250 picures (way under a gb, since
    > they are not high res photos) I get a windows error something like
    > "ERROR CREATING DIRECTORY OR FILE," and Windows bounces me out of the
    > copy function. I tried creating a directory on the SD card, and
    > copying them to the directory, but the same thing happens. I'm using
    > the SD card in a Stratitec USB multi format device, but I don't think
    > it has anything to do with the device. Any help greatly appreciated.

    =============================
    You can only copy a limited number of
    files into the root directory of the card...
    Simple solution...use folders.

    --

    J. Inzer MS-MVP
    Digital Media Experience

    Notice
    This is not tech support
    I am a volunteer

    Solutions that work for
    me may not work for you

    Proceed at your own risk
     
  5. Don Phillipson

    Don Phillipson Flightless Bird

    "Abradaxis" <jsindler@career-objectives.com> wrote in message
    news:-ODsfH4txKHA.1548@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...

    > Running XPSP3. I have a few thousand scanned digit photos on my hard
    > drive, and my wife has asked me to transfer them to a digital picture
    > photo frame. The frame will be using an SD Card, and it's limited to a 1gb
    > capacity. I knew I wouldn't be able to copy all the pictures to the SD
    > card, but I was trying to get as many as possible. Halfway through my
    > first hard drive subdirectory (I catalogued them by years), after
    > transferring about 250 picures (way under a gb, since they are not high
    > res photos) I get a windows error something like "ERROR CREATING DIRECTORY
    > OR FILE," and Windows bounces me out of the copy function.


    Some of these digital frame gadgets are finicky about picture
    size as well as file format. You commonly find they display
    only 90 per cent of raw files. It may help to use a tool
    like Irfan_view to make copies of a uniform standard (size
    and dot density) you are sure the frame likes.

    --
    Don Phillipson
    Carlsbad Springs
    (Ottawa, Canada)
     
  6. C.Joseph Drayton

    C.Joseph Drayton Flightless Bird

    On 3/18/2010 2:00 PM, Abradaxis wrote:
    > Running XPSP3. I have a few thousand scanned digit photos on my hard
    > drive, and my wife has asked me to transfer them to a digital picture
    > photo frame. The frame will be using an SD Card, and it's limited to a 1gb
    > capacity. I knew I wouldn't be able to copy all the pictures to the SD
    > card, but I was trying to get as many as possible. Halfway through my
    > first hard drive subdirectory (I catalogued them by years), after
    > transferring about 250 picures (way under a gb, since they are not high
    > res photos) I get a windows error something like "ERROR CREATING DIRECTORY
    > OR FILE," and Windows bounces me out of the copy function. I tried
    > creating a directory on the SD card, and copying them to the directory,
    > but the same thing happens. I'm using the SD card in a Stratitec USB multi
    > format device, but I don't think it has anything to do with the device.
    > Any help greatly appreciated.
    >
    >

    Hi Abradaxis,

    You don't say what file system is used, but my guess would be it is
    either FAT16 or FAT32. In either case, both file systems limit the
    number of files that can be saved in the root directory to 512 entries.

    Note that even though in theory there can be 512 entries in the root
    directory of a FAT drive, if long file names are used a single entry can
    take up more than one of those 512 permissible slots in the root directory.

    Sincerely,
    C.Joseph Drayton, Ph.D. AS&T

    CSD Computer Services

    Web site: http://csdcs.site90.net/
    E-mail: c.joseph@csdcs.site90.net
     

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