|"First I want to say you can't possibly know how much I appreciate you hanging in here with this old guy."|
I have a lot of respect for any senior who continues to try to learn things.
I'm 60 myself. Many of the people who answer here regularly are older than I am.
My Dad is 86 - he used to fiddle with computers but hasn't done that regularly for about 5 years, despite the fact his memory etc. is okay. My Ma is 85. She's never fiddled with computers.
There was a guy who started a topic here not long ago that I answered who said he's 92. Other people have said they're in their 70's or 80's in topics I've answered.
"I have pictures on this computer that I can’t remember how they got there. I can only guess they were on a disk that I can’t find."
"I have pictures scattered about in different folders etc"
In most cases,
- you SHOULD NOT search the whole hard drive for picture files. That will find MANY files that you didn't personally place on the hard drive.
- ALL the pictures you've added yourself are probably somewhere ONLY in the My Documents folder, on the C partition, or in sub-folders of the My Documents folder on C, UNLESS you deliberately placed the files on a partition with a drive letter other than C. or you deliberately placed the files elsewhere on C rather than in the default C:\Documents and Settings\( your user name) folder and sub-folders of that folder, including My Documents and it's sub-folders.
- if the pictures were made by a camera, they are probably *.jpg files ONLY.
- if you got them off the internet, the most common picture files are *.jpg files.
( * = "wildcard" - the first part of the file name before the dot can be anything.)
Go to My Computer
Double click on the C drive to open it.
Click on Search in the bar at the top of the screen.
On the left side of the screen....
Click on Other search options
Select Pictures, music, or video
Select Pictures and photos
Also select videos if you want to search for those, or you could search for those separately.
Click on Use advanced search options on the left
Change Look in on the left to My Documents
Click on Search on the left
If you followed ALL of the above steps, the resulting files and folders will be ONLY the ones in My Documents and it's sub-folders on the C drive. For most people, that's the ONLY place the picture and video files they personally placed on the hard drive are.
If you want to see what the pictures or videos look like, if you don't see thumbnails (tiny versions of the pictures or the first frame in videos) of the results, in the top bar, select View, then Thumbnails.
(If you see merely an icon....
- when your find a lot of files, if the computer has less memory available, it takes a short while for the thumbnails to load on each screen you're on when you do that.
- if you still see merely an icon after waiting a short time, you need to double click on the file's icon to display it. )
If you want to save all of the files and folders found in one folder,
- (left) click once on a blank space on the right
- in the top bar, select Edit, then Select all
( If you don't want to save all the files and folders found in one folder, hold down the Ctrl key when all the files are selected, (left) click on each one you don't want in the new folder to de-select it. )
- hold your cursor over any highlighted file or folder on the right, then RIGHT click, select Copy
Go to where you want the folder to be.
Where you cursor is, RIGHT click, select New - Folder
Optional - Use the Backspace key to remove the New Folder name in the lined box, type a name in the box.
RIGHT click on the new folder and select Paste.
All the files and folders you selected will then be in that folder.
If you want to copy the folder to somewhere else, such as a USB flash drive, select the folder, with the cursor on the highlighted folder, RIGHT click, select Copy, go to where you want the folder to be, place the cursor there, RIGHT click, select Paste.
Optional - RIGHT click on the folder, choose Rename,use the Backspace key to remove the existing folder name in the lined box, type a name in the box.
I don't recommend that you use Drag and Drop.
Dragging and dropping a file does the same thing as selecting the file or folder, Right clicking, selecting Cut, then Right clicking at the destination where your cursor is, then selecting Paste .
The file or folder is MOVED - if that's successful, the original file is no longer where it was orginally.
If you make a mistake you can lose the folder and ALL the files in the folder,
(it / they can still be retrieved, from the internal hard drive ONLY, (Restored to where they were deleted from) from the Recycle Bin, if the contents of the Recycle Bin have not been cleared (deleted) and it's / they're still listed there. )
...or lose track of where you placed it / them.
Extra copies of a file or folder that are in more than one location can be easily deleted from one or more of the locations.
If you get an error message "cannot read source file or disk". see response 16 regarding files and folders that can't be read.