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Transferring photos from CD

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    Joe Guest

    Transferring photos from CD

    I have just purchased a Dell XPS 420 from PC world with Windows Vista
    pre-installed.
    I had previously backed up my photos on CD-RW which was a good thing as the
    motherboard and hard drive died spectacularly on my last PC.
    I have been trying to transfer the files from CD to the hard disk on my new
    PC. When I insert the CD in to the DVD-RW drive I get several options to
    transfer files:
    Using 'Media Import' (part of Vista) takes forever...and I mean forever - at
    last count more than 48 hours and still going to transfer about 800 photos
    (approx 600MB). Shouldn't my DVD drive be a little quicker than this?
    If I transfer the files manually using cut and paste this seems to be just
    as slow and some of the files cannot be transferred.

    Please could somebody clever than I am help me? Is there a quicker way? Is
    this a problem with Vista, my DVD drive, the CD-RW or just inherent to the
    hardware that I am using?

    Thanks

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    Re: Transferring photos from CD

    Hi Joe I used to have the same problem but with XP, it seems to have disappeared with Vista.
    I tried copying a few photos a a time ( say about 20-30, maybe keep pushing the limit up a bit) and then pasting, things would copy much faster. A lot faster then the 15000 or so minutes that XP was forecasting
    Try it and let us know.
    I know this isn't the fix you were looking for, hope it helps for now, until somebody else has a proper fix for you.

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    Joe Guest

    Re: Transferring photos from CD

    Thanks for the tip. This was my back up option and I think I'll have to give
    it a go.
    Seems a bit strange though that it takes such a long time. Is reading a
    CD/DVD usually a slow method of data transfer compared to say USB, eSATA and
    others?

    Joe

    "dbknox" wrote:

    >
    > Hi *Joe* I used to have the same problem but with XP, it seems to have
    > disappeared with Vista.
    > I tried copying a few photos a a time ( say about 20-30, maybe keep
    > pushing the limit up a bit) and then pasting, things would copy much
    > faster. A lot faster then the 15000 or so minutes that XP was
    > forecasting
    > Try it and let us know.
    > I know this isn't the fix you were looking for, hope it helps for now,
    > until somebody else has a proper fix for you.
    >
    >
    > --
    > dbknox
    >

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    Re: Transferring photos from CD

    Seems a bit strange though that it takes such a long time. Is reading a
    CD/DVD usually a slow method of data transfer compared to say USB, eSATA and
    others?

    Joe
    Yes, but also, there are a lot of variables to consider , like the speed of your computer computer and of course your CD/DVD rom drive, the newer Sata DVD rom drives are very fast. Some people have found it pays to check the DVD manufacture's site for newer firmware.
    Also I don't know what you are running Vista with ( Ie: ram memory and the speed of your CPU) there are a lot of things that will slow down your transfers. I recommend that people should have a least 2gigs of memory and over 2ghz Dual-core CPU for Vista. A good video card really helps to boost the speed of your computer.

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    Joe Guest

    Re: Transferring photos from CD

    Agreed...
    Pentium Dual Core Q6600 2.40Ghz
    3070MB Ram
    NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
    PBDS DVD-RW DH-16W1S

    Any good?!

    Joe



    "dbknox" wrote:

    >

    > > Seems a bit strange though that it takes such a long time. Is reading a
    > > CD/DVD usually a slow method of data transfer compared to say USB,
    > > eSATA and
    > > others?
    > >
    > > *Joe*
    >
    > Yes, but also, there are a lot of variables to consider , like the
    > speed of your computer computer and of course your CD/DVD rom drive, the
    > newer Sata DVD rom drives are very fast. Some people have found it pays
    > to check the DVD manufacture's site for newer firmware.
    > Also I don't know what you are running Vista with ( Ie: ram memory and
    > the speed of your CPU) there are a lot of things that will slow down
    > your transfers. I recommend that people should have a least 2gigs of
    > memory and over 2ghz Dual-core CPU for Vista. A good video card really
    > helps to boost the speed of your computer.
    >
    >
    > --
    > dbknox
    >

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    Re: Transferring photos from CD

    Agreed...
    Pentium Dual Core Q6600 2.40Ghz
    3070MB Ram
    NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
    PBDS DVD-RW DH-16W1S

    Any good?!

    Joe
    Very Good, more then ample. Transfering "600 hunderd megabytes" should be nothing for your machine to acomplish.
    I don't understand why you would have problems unless the firmware for your DVD writer needs updating. What flavour of Vista are you running?
    I have read where installing the latest firmware has helped a lot of new Vista owners. A word of warning, some people are afraid to attempt this but I have done it several times in the past with no headaches.
    Dell Support - Technical Support, Drivers & Downloads, Troubleshooting, Product Manuals and Order Status

    Have you rebooted your computer since the last time you tried to burn your pictures this sometimes helps.
    Maybe someone else who uses Dell can give us some insight.
    Meanwhile Joe check through the "Drivers" part of this forum on the first page and see if anybody has a post about your prticular writer.

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    Re: Transferring photos from CD

    Are they just JPGs on a CD in folders? Try disabling your anti-virus. Explore the folder and just copy the contents to a folder on your hardware. You might need to go into properties and unmark read-only once copied to the hard drive.

    USB 2 can be bogged down by small files in large numbers. Try a SATA or IDE optical drive instead. I use a Plextor SCSI-UW 40 MHz CD-ROM for copying files from CD to my hard drives.

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