How to Use a Memory Card on a Toshiba Laptop

Updated February 21, 2017

Toshiba is one of the leading high-tech companies in the world. They have products that range from TVs to computers, and many electronics in between. Toshiba laptops are durable and reliable. Another technological advance is memory cards. Users can store data or photos on a memory card and use them on different computers. Using a memory card on a Toshiba laptop is very simple and involves only a few steps. You will need to know whether your Toshiba has a built-in card reader or not.

Insert your memory card into a portable card reading device.

Insert the card reader into a USB port. A window will appear on your screen asking what action you want to take with the information on the memory card.

Select "View." A new window will come up that will contain two different files. One will be "DCIM" and one will be "MISC." Select "DCIM." Another window will open that contains the name of the device your data is from (the name may be abbreviated).

Open the file. While viewing the data or photo entries in the file, right-click on the entries you wish to transfer to the Toshiba computer.

Select "Send to" and click on the file you wish to transfer your data to. This will take the file from the card reader and transfer it to your Toshiba laptop.

Click on the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon in the system tray of your desktop, and remove the card reader when instructions say it can safely be removed.

Turn the memory card so that the metal slots are face down. Insert the card into the memory slot which is housed along the side of your Toshiba (depending on the model). Insert the card gently until it clicks into place.

Retrieve the data from the memory card by following Steps 2 through 5 above.

Click on the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon in the system tray on your desktop. Remove memory card when instructions say that the hardware can safely be removed.

Gently push in on the memory card to release it. It will pop slightly out and away from the computer.

Take hold of the edge of the card and pull straight out and away from the Toshiba laptop in order to remove it.


Never touch the metal components on a memory card as this could cause static electricity which could destroy data. Always wait until Windows says your device can be removed safely, as removing the memory card while it is still being read by the computer could damage data it contains.

Things You'll Need

  • Toshiba laptop with built-in card reader OR
  • USB card reader
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A certified nutritionist who majored in health, fitness and nutrition, Traci Vandermark has been writing articles in her specialty fields since 1998. Her articles have appeared both online and in print for publications such as Simple Abundance, "Catskill Country Magazine," "Birds and Blooms," "Cappers" and "Country Discoveries."