How To Import Photos from SD Card to Mac Photos

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  1. Rita Chesterton says:

    Hi …appreciate these very clear instructions, but my SD Card does not appear in Finder, under Devices. I’ve gone into Finder Preferences and there’s already a checkmark on HD, and External Drive, and the one for CDs, DVDs, Ipod, etc. No memory card icon appears on my Desktop or Tool Bar, either. I don’t want to pull out my SD Card and cause damage, so what to do? Help!

    • howtoadmin says:

      If you can’t see your SD card anywhere on your computer, there may be a problem with the SD card reader slot on your Mac. Before you do anything else, make sure the card is inserted facing up and that it’s pushed in all the way. Then, follow these steps to see if the card is seen by the computer at all:

      1. Open Finder (furthest icon to the left in your Dock).
      2. In the sidebar, find the Applications folder.
      3. Scroll down the list of applications and select the Utilities folder, then open the application Disk Utility.
      4. Disk Utility opens. This application allows you to see all drives currently connected to your computer, even if they can’t be shown in Finder.
      5. In the Disk Utility sidebar, look for your SD card. If there’s a card there without a formatted drive, it may be that you have to format the SD card.

      Formatting any drive (including an SD card) will permanently erase all data on it, so only do this if you’re absolutely sure you have backed up all your data somewhere else. I won’t write instructions for how to do this here, but you can find them with an easy Google search.

      • Rita Chesterton says:

        Thanks for that info, howtoadmin. For some reason (weeks ago), I was able to resolve the situation by Shutting Down my Mac and then restarting. After that, the SD Card icon appeared in Finder under Devices, and I was able to dismount the SD Card so to speak. As for the many times I DID pull out the SD Card without the proper procedure, my card and all photos are still intact. But, I prefer using the proper procedure. I will ‘copy’ and use your instructions for future problems, though!!

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