Picasa Tip: Moving folders to a USB Hard Drive

The more pictures you take, the more your hard drive will fill up. USB hard drives are a great solution these days. The prices just keep dropping. I bought a 250 Gigabyte USB hard drive about 6 months ago and it cost about $120. I recently saw a 500 Gb drive advertised for $110!

What most people ask about is how to move their pictures from the computer to the external hard drive without losing all their work in Picasa.

Picasa 3 now makes it easy with the ‘Move Folder’ command. Just right-click on the folder, and choose ‘Move Folder…’ Select a folder on the hard drive as the destination, and you’re done.

From now on, whenever the hard drive is attached to the computer, Picasa will see all the pictures in the specified folder. If it’s not plugged in, it won’t see the photos. But, unlike a network drive, Picasa won’t have to re-find them the next time. As soon as you plug in the hard drive – the corresponding folder will appear!

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Chris is a teacher. Although she comes as close to an expert as possible in many areas of computer usage, she can still remember what it's like not to know these things! That means she can communicate with students in a way that teaches and doesn't demean. She really enjoys teaching one-on-one and for groups of people, but she reaches a worldwide audience with her tutorial videos on the GeeksOnTour.com website. She currently travels the country in an RV with her husband, Jim. As Geeks on Tour, they present computer seminars at RV rallies, computer clubs, and Senior Centers all over the US.

6 thoughts on “Picasa Tip: Moving folders to a USB Hard Drive”

  1. I would like to know while working with my pictures with Picasa the program at one point flipped many of the images upside down and sideways creating a real annoying hassle?


  2. When the USB drive is disconnected for some time it will rescan the whole USB drive again! The photo changes are kept (stored in ini files) but the rescanning is still done.


  3. Why is it so bloody hard to figure out how to send an individual cropped and edited photo to a USB? I thought Picasa was ”user friendly”? Bollocks!


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