By Lily / Last Updated August 4, 2020

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When to transfer files from PC to SD card?

SD (Secure Digital) card is a non-volatile memory card format. With high memory capacity, fast data transfer rate, great mobility and good security, it is favored by plenty of people. It is commonly used in portable devices like mobile phones, music players, cameras and so on. You can store photos, music, movies and games on an SD card and transfer them easily. There are some occasions when you want to transfer files from PC to SD card:

  • Move needed files from PC to SD card so that you have access to those files everywhere without taking the computer with you.

  • Move rarely-used files from PC to SD card in order to release space on your computer hard drive.

You have learned the advantages of transferring files from PC to SD card. Then, how to do file transfer efficiently?

How to transfer/copy files from PC to SD card in Windows 7/8/10?

I’m going to show you three different solutions to transfer files from PC to SD card in Windows 7. These solutions apply to Windows 10/8 as well. If you have a large number of files to be transferred, then Solution 3 is recommended.

Solution 1: Transfer files from PC to SD card by Cut/Copy and Paste

These are simply operations and are familiar to most computer users:

1. Connect the SD card to your computer and make sure it is detected.

2. Press “Win + E” to open “Computer”. Locate the files you want to move from your computer.

3. Cut/copy and paste the desired files from your computer to your SD card. You can also drag and drop items.

4. Safely disconnect your SD card.

Tips: If you use “Cut and Paste” method, the files you choose will only be saved on your SD card, thus releasing space on the local disk; if you use “Copy and Paste” method, you will get a duplicate of chosen files, thus keeping a backup on your computer.

Although it seems easy, it will be a tough work to transfer a large number of files by “Cut/Copy and Paste”, especially when the files are located in different folders.

Solution 2: Copy files from PC to SD card using CMD

Some users prefer Command Prompt operations. Follow the guidance below:

1. Connect the SD card to your computer and make sure it is detected.

2. Press “Win + R” to open the Run dialogue. Type cmd and press Enter or click “OK” to open Command Prompt.

3. Type cd c:\Pictures and press Enter. “c:\Pictures” indicates the location of the files to be transferred.

4. Type copy tulips.jpg f: and press Enter. “tulips.jpg” indicates the file name with file extension and “f:” is the drive letter of the SD card.

Tips:
• To transfer more than one file, you can repeat the “copy” command.
• If there are spaces in the file's name, you need to put quotation marks around them. For example, a file named "tulips in spring.jpg" would be tulips" "in" "spring.jpg in Command Prompt.

5. Type exit and press Enter to exit Command Prompt. Safely disconnect your SD card.

Command Prompt

Solution 3: Transfer files from PC to SD card via a powerful freeware

AOMEI Backupper Standard, the best free backup software for Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP, can help you with fast file transfer from PC to SD card. It offers you multiple practical features:

✧ Backup and Restore: Create an image file for the operating system, disk, partition, or files and restore the backup image whenever you need.
✧ Sync: Synchronize files or folders from one place to another.
✧ Clone: Make a duplicate of a disk or a partition, such as clone NTFS drive.

Learn how to transfer files from PC to SD card using the “Sync” functionality in AOMEI Backupper below:

Step 1. Connect the SD card to your computer and make sure it is detected. Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper.

Step 2. Click “Sync” on the left pane, and select “Basic Sync”.

File Sync

Step 3. Click “Add Folder” to select the folder(s) you want to transfer from PC to SD card.

Add Folder

Step 4. Click to select the SD card as destination location.

Select Destination Path

Step 5. Click on “Start Sync” button to perform the operation. When the sync process is complete, safely disconnect your SD card.

 Start Sync

Notes:

  • If you want to run regular file transfer from PC to SD card, you may resort to the “Schedule” feature. As for “Real-time Sync”, please upgrade to higher editions of AOMEI Backupper.

  • “Sync” is a folder level data transfer. If you want to transfer files without folders, you can do “File Backup” in AOMEI Backupper and then restore the backup image to your SD card.

Summary

Now you know how to transfer files from PC to SD card in Windows 7/8/10 efficiently. Compared to “Cut/Copy and Paste” and Command Prompt, AOMEI Backupper provides you with a faster way to do file transfer. What’s more, it can help you solve the problem that cloned to new computer Windows 7 won’t boot and it works as CompactFlash card copier if you own a CompactFlash card. Give AOMEI Backupper a try and you will be surprised by all the wonderful features it has!