This publication shows students and new users the steps to copy or transfer files from a memory card to a Windows 11 computer. A memory card or portable drive is a common way to transfer files from a digital camera or computer to another computer.

Windows 11 supports many types of memory cards. From SD card to miniSD card and MicroSD card and more, depending on whether your computer has a slot or an external card reader available.

Many computers do not come with a built-in memory card reader, so you can purchase an external reader that connects through a USB port. Once a card reader is connected to your computer, make sure it is properly plugged in and working.

The new Windows 11, when it is released generally for everyone, will come with many new features and improvements that will work great for some and add some learning challenges for others. Some things and settings have changed so much that people will have to learn new ways of working and managing Windows 11.

Don’t be afraid to use Windows 11, we will show you how to use it and help you copy our files from your memory cards or USB drives.

To start transferring your files from memory card to Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to Transfer Files from Memory Cards to Windows 11

Once you have the correct card reader connected to your computer for the memory card with your files, insert the card into the card reader. An SD card goes into the SD slot and the MicroSD goes into the MicroSD slot.

Depending on the configuration of your computer, Windows 11 will notify you to choose what to do with the files, similar to the notification below.

Select to choose what happens to removable drives

Then a new pop-up window should appear with options on what to do with the inserted drive. At this point, click Open the folder to view files.

In some cases, you may not receive a message and File Explorer will automatically open and show you the contents of the drive. If File Explorer doesn’t open the memory card or drive automatically, click This PC on the left, then double-click a newly connected drive with a letter me, F, GRAM or H?

At this point, you can choose to transfer a single file or all files from the memory card to your computer. If you are transferring the entire file, press CTRL + A on your keyboard to select the entire file. You can also read this post to learn how to select files.

Once you have selected the file or all files, press the Windows wrench

Press the Windows keyand me on your keyboard. A new File Explorer window will open. Just find the place where you want to put the copied files, then press the CTRL + V on your keyboard to paste the files.


In this tutorial we have seen how to transfer files from a memory card to a Windows 11 PC. If you find any errors above, please use the comment form below to report.

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