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How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Computer

iPhone cameras are getting better with each edition, thanks to the increased image quality and resolution. This obviously demands an increase in the iPhone storage. Over time, as the number of photos increases on your phone, it can get difficult to manage, so you will eventually want to transfer it to a storage device or a PC. In this article, we’ll teach you how you can transfer photos from an iPhone to a Mac and a PC.

  1. Transfer photos from iPhone to Mac

There are many ways you can transfer photos from an iPhone to a Mac and some of them are explained below.

Solution 1: Using Photos app

The simplest method is to transfer photos using the ‘Photos app’ on your Mac by following the steps below.

  1. Connect your ‘iPhone’ to your ‘Mac’ using a lightning USB cable
  2. As soon as you connect, the ‘Photos app’ opens. If it doesn’t open, go to ‘Finder’ > ‘Pictures’ folder. Then select ‘Photos’ to open it
  3. In the left sidebar, under ‘Import’, select ‘iPhone’ and click on ‘Import All New Items’ in the top right corner to import all images. You can also select ‘Import Selected’ to import only selected files

Solution 2: iCloud Photo library

‘iCloud Photo Library’ is a great way to store your photos, videos etc on the cloud. The photos stored here can be accessed from any device like iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac etc.

You can also this feature to import photos from iPhone to your Mac by following the steps below.

  1. Go to ‘Settings’ on your iPhone and click on ‘Apple ID/name’
  2. In the next screen, check ‘iCloud Photo Library’ to upload all images to iCloud
  3. Next, open your Mac and click on ‘Photos’
  4. In the ‘Photos tab’, choose ‘Options’ menu > ‘Preferences’ > ‘iCloud’
  5. In the next screen, check the checkbox ‘iCloud Photo Library’ and all images will be saved to your Mac.

Solution 3: Using ‘Airdrop’

‘Airdrop’ is another useful feature to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac. To import photos using ‘Airdrop’, follow the steps below.

  1. Turn on ‘WiFi’ and ‘Bluetooth’ on both iPhone and Mac
  2. Open ‘Control Center’ on your iPhone and select ‘Airdrop’. To open ‘Control Center’, just swipe down from the top right corner of the screen
  3. You can choose to give access to ‘Everyone’ or ‘Contacts only
  4. On your Mac, click on Finder and select ‘Airdrop’. Choose ‘Allow me to be discovered’ and make a choice between ‘Everyone’ or ‘Contacts Only’ just as you did on your iPhone
  5. Then select the photos to be transferred to Mac
  6. Click on the ‘Share’ button in your iPhone and select ‘Tap to share with Airdrop’ and choose your Mac device. On your Mac, accept the file/s to be received and all selected files will be transferred.

 

  1. Transfer photos from iPhone to a PC

Following are some methods using which you can transfer photos from iPhone to a PC.

Solution 1: Use iCloud Photo Library on Windows PC

You can use the ‘Windows version of iCloud Photo Library’ to import photos on a Windows machine by following the steps below.

  1. First, install ‘iCloud’ (Windows version) on your computer
  2. Then turn on ‘iCloud Library’ on your iPhone by going to ‘Settings’ > ‘[your account name]’ > ‘iCloud’ > ‘Photos’. This will upload your photos to the cloud
  3. Then open ‘iCloud on your computer’ and sign in using the same ‘Apple ID’ as your iPhone
  4. Open ‘Photos’ > ‘Options
  5. Check the box next to ‘iCloud Photo Library
  6. Save the changes and your photos will be imported to your PC

Solution 2: Using Windows Explorer

You can also use ‘Windows Explorer’ to transfer photos from an iPhone to a PC. This is possibly done by connecting them using a lightning cable and following the steps below.

  1. Open ‘Windows Explorer’ on your computer and select ‘Internal Storage
  2. Select ‘DCIM’; here you will find a ‘Pictures’ folder
  3. You can browse through the ‘Pictures folder’ to copy them to your PC.

Now you’ve seen how simple it is to transfer photos from iPhone to a Mac or a PC. But to be on a safer side, it is always better to have a backup of your images in the cloud. If you have a large number of photos, it is worthwhile to invest in an iCloud paid plan that starts with 0.99$ for 50GB a month.

Data recovery using Remo Recover

If you don’t have a backup and you experience data loss during a transfer processor due to any other reason, data recovery tools can be used. Remo Recover’s photo recovery software is a great choice to recover lost or deleted photos. The software is also available for Mac users, refer Mac photo recovery tool for more details.

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Solved – Hard Drive not Recognized after Unplugging from Mac

All computers and storage devices are subject to issues at some point in their lives. The main reasons are human errors, software or hardware malfunction, virus attacks etc. When we say human errors, the most common thing that comes to mind is removing USB or hard drive without ejecting it.

This article is focussed on the consequences of abruptly removing a hard drive and how you can protect yourself from data loss should something happen.

Why should you eject a hard drive?

Consider a situation where you connect a hard drive to transfer data. If you remove the drive assuming that data transfer is complete, chances are it’s NOT, because the OS isn’t going to write to the disk immediately for every small operation. Only when you eject the drive, the buffered read/write operations are completed. So, it is very important that you ‘Eject’ the drive after use.

Also note that ejecting is not applicable to only ‘external hard drives’, but also for ‘memory cards’ and ‘USB flash drives’. There is a false notion that it is not applicable to flash drives as they do not contain moving parts, but it’s untrue. They use the same OS read/write buffer mechanism, so you should always consider ejecting it before removal.

In some cases, nothing may happen even if you pull the device without ejecting, but it’s all about timing and whether the necessary shut down operations is complete. The following are consequences you’ll face if you remove the hard drive from your Mac without ejecting it.

  • Meta data corruption
  • File system corruption
  • Partition table/map corruption etc.

What happens if a drive gets corrupted?

If a drive experiences corruption; depending on the severity, it may become read-only or in worse cases, it may become completely inaccessible. You’re lucky if it turns read-only as data can be restored without any difficulty. However, you will need professional help such as Remo Recover if it becomes inaccessible.

Remo Recover: Data recovery made easy

Remo Recover is a great tool to recover data from corrupted or inaccessible hard drives. It can also be used hard drives that won’t mount.

The software is designed to work with all file systems such as HFS, HFS+ etc, and all recent Mac OS versions including Sierra, so you’ll have no problem with compatibility.

All your partitions and data from the corrupted hard drives are recovered safely without any change to the originals. All you have to do is get the software and connect your drive. Then perform a few clicks and your data can be recovered easily. A simple interface is provided to make data recovery simple for non-technical folks as well.

As a precautionary measure

Always make sure you safely eject the hard drive before removal. It is only a matter of a few seconds, so there’s no reason why you should not get into the habit of doing it regularly. Doing so will protect the drive from corruption and data loss issues and also save you from worries.

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How to Read a Mac Formatted Drive on a Windows PC

If you’re using an external hard drive with your Mac, it is likely to be formatted using HFS+ file system which only Mac’s can read. However, if you want to use the same drive with Windows, it’s possible with the aid of third-party tools, which is the main focus of this article.

By default, Windows cannot read Mac formatted drives, so as soon as you connect the drive to a PC, you will receive a message ‘format the drive before you can use it’. At this stage, please do not proceed with formatting, as this will erase all contents of the drive. However, if you’re sure that you don’t have to retrieve any files from the drive, you can proceed with formatting.

Now we’ll walk you through various options to read a Mac formatted drive from a Windows PC.

Option 1: Use ‘HFS Explorer’ to read a Mac formatted drive

HFSExplorer is a simple third-party tool to read a Mac formatted drive and copy files from it.

There are two main advantages of using HFS Explorer, one is that it is free to use and secondly, it is a read-only tool. Since it is read-only, you’ll not have to worry about the software causing damage to files on the drive.

How to use HFS Explorer?

As a first step, download and install ‘HFS Explorer’ on your Windows PC. The pre-requisite of this software is that you have Java on your system.

Then connect the external hard drive from which you would like to retrieve files. Once the software is installed and the drive is connected, launch the application and follow the steps below.

  1. Click on ‘File’ menu and select ‘Load File System from device
  2. This will identify the connected drive and display its contents
  3. Choose the ‘files/folders’ you wish to retrieve and click ‘Extract
  4. Finally, choose a ‘destination’ to save your files

Now your selected files will be copied to the location specified. Again, this tool is great if you want to use it only to get read access to Mac formatted drives. However, if you want to write to it, there are some paid tools available such as Paragon HFS+.

Option 2: Paragon HFS+

Paragon HFS+ allows read/write access to Mac-formatted drives from your Windows PC. All you have to do is install the application and your Mac drive will be detected in the same way as any other drive.

This software is useful if you use Mac formatted drives from Windows regularly and you want to have a better speed/performance. However, if your only intent is to retrieve some files from a Mac drive, this may not be the best option; HFS Explorer as explained earlier will be useful in such cases.

Option 3: Use ‘ExFAT’ file system

This option can be useful after you have retrieved files from a Mac drive using HFS Explorer or Paragon HFS+. That is, if you plan to share an external hard drive with both Mac and Windows, then you can consider formatting the drive as exFAT file system. ExFAT is compatible and provides read/write access on both Windows and Mac machines.

To format a drive in ExFAT, first, make sure you have a copy of all required files from the drive as formatting will delete everything on it. Then connect the drive to your PC and right click on it. Click on ‘Format’, select ‘ExFAT’ file system and click ‘Start’ to begin formatting. Once the format is complete, you will have a drive with ExFAT file system.

Retrieve data after formatting a drive

There may be situations when you have lost data after formatting your drive and no backup is available. In such cases, data recovery tools such as Remo Recover can be extremely useful. To learn more, refer to Mac partition recovery. It can be used to restore files from formatted or partitioned hard drives.

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How to Fix Memory Card Locked Error without Losing Data

 

The error saying memory card locked usually occurs when your SD card is locked by the switch or the card is corrupted or damaged.

Most of the SD cards will have a small switch on the left side edge. It is used to write-protect the SD card or to prevent erasing or writing on the card. If the switch is positioned up, then the card is unlocked. If the switch is positioned down, then the card is locked. Hence the camera shows this error saying memory card locked. If you are facing this issue, make sure the slider switch position of SD card is unlocked.

If you are still facing this “memory card locked error”, it may be because your memory card is corrupted or damaged. The following are some of the reasons for memory card corruption:

  • Removing the memory card from the camera while a file is being written to the card.
  • Removing batteries from the camera while the file transfer is happening between camera and computer.
  • Inserting a secondary memory to the card reader before removing the first memory card while connected to a computer.
  • Formatting memory cards from a computer can cause some compatibility issue in some memory cards.
  • Using memory card when it is completely full can sometimes result in overwriting of memory card header information.
  • Using the same memory card on different devices can also corrupt your SD card.

Format your memory card to fix “memory card locked error”

If your memory card is still showing the memory card locked error, it can be due to any above-mentioned reasons. Formatting your memory card is a solution to fix this error, but will result in deletion of all the files from it. After formatting your memory card, you should know how to recover files from corrupted or damaged memory card. Remo Recover is the one-stop solution to recover all your lost or deleted files from formatted and corrupted memory cards.

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How to Downgrade Mac OS Sierra

There are various reasons why you might want to get back to an older version of Mac OS. Perhaps the software that you are currently working on is not compatible with Mac OS or maybe you are just not comfortable with the new version. Although Mac needs updated versions to work on, there are a few ways you can revert back to an older version.

Prerequisites you need to know before downgrading Mac OS Sierra

Backup! This is very essential if you are keen on keeping your files and folders. If you have a Time Machine with a drive plugged in, regular backups would’ve been made, so you are safe. But in case, there is no backup, then backing up now would even backup your present Mac version.

Downgrade to the OS that your Mac was shipped with

It has always been an incredible feature in Mac OS recovery since Mac OS Sierra 10.12.4 to get back to the version of Mac, you bought the system with. Follow the simple steps to accomplish this:

  1. Shut down your Mac. As you restart, press Shift-option/Alt-Command-R altogether.
  2. Once you see the Mac OS utility screen, choose reinstall Mac OS.
  3. Click on Continue button and follow the onscreen instructions.
  4. Select Startup disk and click on Install.
  5. Once the installation is complete, Mac will restart and the OS would have been downgraded to the version, the Mac was shipped with.

Downgrade Mac OS using Time Machine

It is always recommended to store a backup of your data for obvious reasons. Time Machine is a backup software application that is a part of Mac OS. It creates the incremental backup of files that can be restored at a later date. It allows you to restore the whole system or specific files back into the system in case of data loss blunders. Check here to know how to revert from Mac OS Sierra to OS X EI using Time Machine. Follow the steps below to downgrade Mac OS using the Time Machine:

  1. Insert the Time Machine disk into your Mac and click on the apple logo. Select Restart.
  2. Hold down Command + R until the apple logo
  3. A list of options appears on the screen. Choose Restore From Time Machine Backup and click Continue.
  4. Again select Restore From Time Machine Backup when prompted and click on
  5. Select any Restore Source. your back up drive that holds all your backed up data.
  6. Next screen will show you all your backups over time. Pick the recent one that you made before downgrading your OS.
  7. The previous version is installed and you can retrieve all your files from the backup that you selected.

 Downgrade Mac OS without using Time Machine

In case you don’t have a backup, you can still downgrade your Mac OS using a Bootable Installer of Mac OS.  You can follow the steps below to create a Bootable Installer of Mac OS.

  1. Plug in an external drive of about 8GB into your system.
  2. Press Cmd + Spacebar and type Disk Utility.
  3. Click on the View Drop Down below the close-minimize
  4. Choose Show All Devices from the options to see the external root drive.
  5. Select the Root Drive in the sidebar and click on Erase.
  6. Pick Mac OS Extended (Journaled) as the format.
  7. Choose GUID Partition as the scheme and give your drive a name to recognize it.
  8. Click on Erase
  9. It will take a few minutes to create the partition and set up the drive. Once done, click on Done.
  10. Press Cmd + Space Bar and type Terminal to open Terminal.
  11. Copy the following lines into the terminal and click Enter:

Sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia –volume /Volumes/MyVolume –applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app

  1. Terminal will ask for password. Type and press Enter.
  2. The terminal will start erasing your disk to copy the installer file to your drive.
  3. Now you have the installer on the external drive you can use that to install multiple copies of macOS. Plug the external drive into your Mac that you want to install the macOS on.
  4. Start the Mac holding the Option + Alt key while it is booting up.
  5. Your Mac will display the Startup Manager, click on your external drive and select Install macOS.

After creating a Bootable Installer of Mac OS, follow these steps to downgrade Mac OS:

  1. Shut down your Mac.
  2. Plugin the external drive that contains your bootable installer.
  3. Start up the Mac holding down the Option/Alt + R while it is booting up.
  4. Your Mac will start up in the Recovery Mode and a Mac OS utility screen will appear, select Disk Utility and click on Continue.
  5. Select your Startup Disk and click on Erase.
  6. Choose one of the Mac OS Extended (Journaled) formats.
  7. Restart your Mac and select the boot drive you created.
  8. You should be able to install the older version of Mac OS.
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Solutions to Fix “Error Loading Operating System” Issue

When you start your computer, an error message saying “error loading operating system” appears on black screen, stopping you from using the system. This issue usually occurs, when you start your computer after installing an operating system or due to sudden power failure. It can also occur after a system crash or system restart.

Reasons behind “error loading operating system” issue

Normally when your system boots, the BIOS is responsible for loading the operating system from the hard drive. BIOS loads the first sector from the hard drive and passes the control to MBR. After this, MBR tries to load the sector from active partition, but if the sector is outside device sector count or it is not a verified sector, it results in MBR displaying the above error. The following are some of the most common reasons behind this error:

  • Hard drive partition damaged due to Disk write error, virus attacks or sudden power cut can cause this error.
  • When operating system files and folders are damaged, the OS cannot access the system files to boot properly.
  • When multiple hard drives are connected to the laptop, the primary hard drive containing the OS might not get detected.
  • The System BIOS not supporting the hard drive.
  • A corrupt hard drive can also cause this error.

Following are the four simple solutions to help you fix this error loading operating system issue.

Solution 1: Update the system BIOS

Before starting with the process of system BIOS, it is recommended to take a backup of your data. This is because of an issue like sudden power loss which may corrupt your BIOS firmware which will not allow you to access your data. Follow these steps to update your system BIOS:

  • Find the model of your motherboard from the manual.
  • Get to know the version of your current BIOS by opening System Information app and select System Summary to know your BIOS version.
  • If your current version of BIOS is not up to date, download the latest version of the BIOS from manufacturer’s website of motherboard or laptop. You can search for the update using the model of your laptop or motherboard.
  • After downloading, install the update and restart your computer.

Solution 2: Restoring the Master Boot Record of Hard Drive

A Windows setup CD/DVD is required to restore the Master Boot Record of Hard Drive. Follow these steps to restore the MBR of the hard drive.

  • Use the Windows setup CD/DVD and boot your computer.
  • Upon seeing a message saying Press any key to boot from CD or DVD, press any key.
  • Click on Repair your Computer and select Troubleshoot.

Select Command Prompt and enter the following four commands one by one.

  1. bootrec/FixMbr
  2. bootrec/FixBoot
  3. bootrec/ScanOS
  4. bootrec/RebuildBcd
  • After successfully completing the process, remove the Windows Setup CD/DVD.
  • Type EXIT to close the Command Prompt window and restart your computer.

 Solution 3: Using Windows CHKDSK

Sometimes, a damaged hard drive can be a reason behind this error. Using Windows CHKDSK, you scan and fix a volume or a drive on your hard drive.  Following are the steps to use Windows CHKDSK:

  • Select Properties by right-clicking on the drive that needs to be checked for error.
  • Go to Tools, click on Check under the Error-checking
  • Click on Scan drive to start scanning. The scan will fix the errors and will tell you if there is any physical damage to the hard drive.

Solution 4: Reinstall the operating system

If you have tried all the above solutions and still see the same error, then you should consider reinstalling your Windows operating system.

Reinstallation of the operating system will result in deletion of everything from the system. Taking a backup before starting with the process of reinstallation is a good measure to avoid data loss. If you don’t have a backup, you can use Remo Recover software to recover files after reinstalling Windows 10.

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How to Fix “Windows Cannot Access the Specified Device, Path or File” Error

Whenever you try to install, update a software or open a file, you might come across this error saying Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permission to access the item.

Following are some of the reasons behind this error:

  • Lack of file permission
  • Windows has blocked the file
  • The file location is inaccessible, due to its presence on the external hard drive or a network location which is not connected to the file.
  • Antivirus blocking your file

Following are 5 simple solutions to fix this error:

Solution 1:  Do you have permission to access the file or folder?

Permissions are rules that are associated with the file, which determine the access to file and actions are taken on it. Follow these steps to check the permission of the file or folder:

  1. Right-click on the file or folder whose permissions are to be checked.
  2. Go to Properties and click on Security.
  3. In the list of names present on Group or Usernames section, click on your name.
  4. Click on Edit and you can set permissions according to your requirements.

Solution 2: Check if the file is blocked by Windows

You can check if the file is being blocked by Windows by selecting the file and going to its Properties.

Select Unblock option from General section if it is available.

Solution 3:  Verify the file location

This error might occur when you are trying to access a file through shortcuts or installation. Verify the path of the file that Windows cannot access and ensure that the location is accessible. Follow these step to verify file location:

  1. Select and right-click on the file whose location needs to be verified
  2. Go to Properties and click on the Shortcut tab
  3. Verify the location specified in the Target section is correct

Solution 4: Disable your Antivirus for a while

Usually, Antivirus in your system will not allow you to access files by blocking them due to security issues. You should consider disabling your Antivirus for a while and try accessing your file and see if you can access it. Make sure that you re-enable Antivirus after you have got access to your file. Disabling Antivirus can make your computer vulnerable to attacks.

Solution 5: File has been deleted, moved or hidden by a virus

Sometimes, Windows display this error (Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file) due to corruption, deletion of file or file hidden by virus. A file cannot be accessed if the hard drive, pen drive or memory card having the file is infected by the virus.

When you lose your data or it is inaccessible due to virus attack. A software like Remo Recover will solve your problem by helping you to recover deleted files from corrupted hard drive, pen drive or memory card.

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Solutions to Fix your Corrupted Recycle Bin

Every drive on Windows contains a hidden and a protected folder called the $Recycle.bin. You will be able to see this folder only when you opt to make it visible. Every file or folder that you delete in your system resides in the Recycle Bin. You can always restore the deleted files or folders in case you need it again.

But when you encounter a corrupted Recycle Bin, you may have to face complications. You won’t have any access to the Recycle Bin, so as to view or delete the files or folders stored in it making it inaccessible. In such a circumstance, you may have to reset or repair the Recycle Bin. However, in doing so you will also be deleting the entire Recycle Bin folder that holds all the files and folders in the bin. Although, a new folder would be created automatically.

There are a number of reasons why the Recycle Bin would get corrupted or make itself inaccessible in Windows:

  • System corruption
  • DLL issue
  • Incompatibility issue
  • Unexpected force close

 

Now let’s look at the solutions on how to fix a corrupted Recycle Bin

Solution-1 Fixing the corrupted Recycle Bin using the Command Prompt

  1. Launch the command prompt on your Windows by typing it in Windows search.
  2. Right-click on it and select Run as administrator.
  3. If you are not the admin, you will be prompted to give in your credentials, fill them.
  4. Type the following commands and press Enter after each command:

Rd /s /q C: \$Recycle.bin

            Rd /s /q E: \$Recycle.bin

            Rd /s /q F: \$Recycle.bin

Note that we mention all the drives separately in separate commands because each drive has a separate $Recycle.bin folder and the corrupted $Recycle.bin is connected to all these folders in turn. Hence, we need to fix them one by one.

  1. Restart your computer. You will now be able to see the newly created $Recycle.bin.

However, it would not contain the deleted files and folders that were once stored in it. In order to get these deleted files back, you have to make use of a proficient third party data recovery software. We recommend you to download and install Remo Recover that will help you recover the files lost during the process. Here is how you can recover permanently deleted files from Recycle Bin.

 

  1. Repair the $Recycle.bin in Windows.

$Recycle.bin on Windows is a hidden folder. So you will have to first make it visible in order to repair it.

  1. Click Start and choose Control Panel.
  2. Select Appearance and Personalization.
  3. Choose Folder Options and select view tab from the popped-up window.
  4. Under Advanced Setting, select Show hidden files and folders.
  5. Make sure you uncheck Hide Protected Operating System Files and click on OK button.
  6. Open C Drive and find the corrupted $Recycle.bin folder.
  7. Right-click on it and select Delete. You will be prompted asking if you want to delete it permanently. Click Yes.
  8. On the Delete File Window, select Do this for all current items and click Yes.
  9. Restart your computer. The corrupted $Recycle.bin would have been deleted and a new one would be created.

You would have fixed the Recycle Bin but it does erase all your data as you will be deleting the entire $Recycle.bin folder. It is recommended to use Remo Recover to retrieve important data back.