The Memory Stick Pro Duo is a proprietary memory card format developed by Sony. If you own a digital camera manufactured by Sony, you may store pictures on this type of memory card. If your HP laptop only has a slot for Secure Digital memory cards, however, this can present a problem if you want to transfer your photos to your computer. To get around this problem, many companies manufacture adaptors and card readers, allowing you to read a card on a computer that would not otherwise support it.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Memory Stick Pro Duo-to-Secure Digital card adaptor
- USB memory card reader with Memory Stick PRO Duo slot
Insert the Memory Stick Pro Duo card into the slot on the Memory Stick Pro Duo-to-Secure Digital adaptor, if you are using one. Pay attention to the markings on the adaptor when doing this. Normally, the metal contacts on the end of the Memory Stick Pro Duo card should face down. If you are using a USB card reader, insert the Memory Stick Pro Duo card into the slot on the card reader with the metal contacts facing down.
Push the Secure Digital adaptor into the Secure Digital slot on the side of your HP laptop, with the metal contacts facing down, until you feel a click. If you are using a USB card reader, connect the USB cable to an open USB port on your computer.
Click the blue Windows logo in the corner of the screen in Windows 7 and Windows Vista, or click the "Start" button in Windows XP.
Click the "Computer" or "My Computer" icon.
Double-click the icon representing the Secure Digital card slot or USB card reader. Windows generally displays this icon under the heading "Devices with Removable Storage." Windows Explorer displays a window showing the contents of the memory card.
Drag the pictures that you would like to copy from the memory card to a folder of your choice to copy them to your computer.
Tips and warnings
- You can purchase a Memory Stick Pro Duo-to-Secure Digital card adaptor or USB card reader a store or online merchant that specialises in electronics or digital photography. In most cases, you can expect to spend under £9 for either of these items.
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