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Restoring pictures from your external HD back to your (new) desktop
January 13, 2012
5:02 am
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Tom
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I have just purchased a new desktop computer because my old one died. I had backed up all of my pictures, DVD videos and programs on a WD external HD. I have set up my new computer and all is operating well. I now want to update Piscasa 3 with all of my old or saved pictures to my new computer hopefully in order by date like it is in Piscasa. What is the command to do that while leaving a copy on my external also? It was easy to do orginally from my desk top to the WD HD because you would just right click – select send to – then select MY WD Book. It would then copy the file to the external although, that choice is not available going from the WD HD back to the HD on a new computer. Could you tell me the best way to do that?

 

Thanks so much,

 

Tom

January 13, 2012
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Hello Tom,

Well – if you had backed up using Picasa's Backup utility, then you would use Picasa's Restore.  The main thing that helps with is if you had albums.  Only a Picasa backup and restore will get your albums back (that is changing in Picasa 3.9 thankfully)

It sounds like you just used Windows for your backup (right-click Send) Therefore to put them onto your new computer from the external hard drive, I would use Copy and Paste.  

Navigate to your WD Book and open the folder for all your pictures.  

Copy all the folders with pictures in them.

Navigate to the My Pictures folder on your new computer

Paste

I would try it with one or two folders first just to be sure you've got the hang of it.  Copy a couple folders using the technique above.  Then open Picasa and see that it is finding the folders correctly.

Let us know how it goes.

January 15, 2012
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Thanks for the information! I will try this and email you back. I have been reluctant to download 3.9 – Do you recommend this version of Picasa?

 

Thanks again,

 

Tom

January 15, 2012
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Yes, 3.9 has some cool new features.  Probably the most important one is how it handles albums.  All the info on what pictures are in what albums is now stored in the picasa.ini file right in the same folder with the pictures.  So, we don't need to worry about using Picasa for our backups any more!

3.9 is a pretty major upgrade though and some people have been having problems with it scrambling their pictures.  It worked find for me – and since you already have yours completely on a hard drive, you're not risking anything.  I say go for it.

Here's the article I wrote about it: 

http://picasatutorials.com/201…..icasa-3-9/

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