Mar 13


Someone recently handed me some photos on an SD card.  Importing them was easy – the macbook has an SD card  port that I had not even noticed before.  I could plug the SD-card straight in!

The little slot in the diagram above, between the headphone port and the USB port, is an SD-card slot.

I grabbed the SD Card (it came out of a Canon EOS camera) and put it in this port. Photos app opened automatically and asked if I wanted to import the photos.


I did not want these pictures in my Photos app because they were for a special purpose. So I closed the Photos app and went looking for the pictures.

This is how you can find them:

Open up any window in finder. (For example click on a folder, or select “File” and “New Finder Window”)



You should see a list of folders, and down the bottom under ‘Devices’ you can see your SD card! (If you can’t see a side pane on the left of the window, go to ‘View’ and select ‘Show Sidebar’)

In this case my SD drive is called “SD MEMORY”

Click on your SD drive to look at the contents of the drive.


Now on a Canon card the Photos are in the folder called DCIM.

If you have a different camera and are unsure of where to find them, go ‘View’, ‘Show View Options’ then click the box that says ‘calculate all sizes’. This will show you the size of the folders, and the biggest folder will be the one with the photos in it. Otherwise you can just go looking!

Inside the ‘DCIM’ folder are 3 more folders:


The photos were in the folder called ‘100CANON’


Finally – the photos!

You can just drag and drop these across to your computer now just like you would copy any normal file.


2 Responses to “How to import photos from an SD card”

  1. erik fierens says:

    my mac is an I mac, not a mac book!-> got no such port…

  2. erik fierens says:

    there is goddammit no slot like this on the simple I Mac you nerds sold me!

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