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Frustration Exemplified

When I got my first IPhone back in 2006, I was surprised by the fact that it operated just like my PC before I gravitated towards a laptop computer. The fact that many functions were interchangeable blew me away. However, the capability to take photographs and videos with an all inclusive electronic device was more than I felt I could ever hope for. And the quality of the pics and my cinematographic efforts turned out far better than the output from my cameras and videocams.

With that said, the one procedure I have struggled with is transferring long playing videos to my laptop for storage and downloading into video editing programs like PINNACLE STUDIO. Since email programs like Yahoo Mail and Google Mail keep complaining about everything being sent that exceeds a minute long, I have searched for other programs to fill the bill. Dropbox worked somewhat, but I don’t like the functionality of its storage and transfer options.

So, I remembered a time way back when I attempted to send a video via Google Mail that was oversized and got a message that reminded me of that fact, but also automatically shifted my emailing process into a new format called GOOGLE DRIVE to handle the overload, something said program was designed to take care of. That was an extremely nice feature at that particular point in time, but my current Google Email Video Export efforts don’t receive that same help anymore. Since I am not a stalwart example of patience personified, my frustration knew no bounds.

Dealing With My Dilemma Performing Uploads

After going online and searching for an acceptable program that would meet my needs and not cost me an arm and a leg, I found myself gravitating back towards GOOGLE DRIVE. Notwithstanding, I found the learning curve somewhat daunting at first, and more frustration set in once again.

When I first went to transfer a lengthy video from my iPad, the choices presented did include GOOGLE DRIVE, which I had already established an account with some time ago and found it still active, though never used on my own per se. So I clicked on the GD icon which immediately transferred me to a screen that had a button in the upper right hand corner with the word UPLOAD imprinted, and also with an image of my choice positioned in the upper left hand corner identified with a number and also the data size of the image.

When I clicked the UPLOAD button, the process quickly transferred my picture to the GOOGLE DRIVE program and it arrived within seconds of that maneuver as an image on my GOOGLE DRIVE Home Page. No problem.

However, when I made the same effort to transfer a video, I was a bit dismayed by the length of time said procedure took. So, I felt I could pass the time by doing something else either on that same iPad, or closing the cover and walking away while waiting. When I returned to the transfer screen sometime later, I discovered the words “UPLOAD FAILED“. After initiating further attempts that generated the same message , I finally did something different.

Before I clicked on the UPLOAD button once again, this time:

  • I left the cover open
  • I left the charging cord plugged in
  • I left the display auto lock feature set to NEVER
  • And, I left the transfer screen page visibly open and running

I then clicked the UPLOAD button and simply walked away for a half hour. When I came back, Voila! The video finally uploaded to the GOOGLE DRIVE platform on its home screen successfully. By allowing enough time for the UPLOAD process to complete itself, and summoning up a bit of patience, said operative maneuver went smoothly.

Even though that was just the beginning, I concluded that you must dedicate the electronic device to the GOOGLE DRIVE UPLOAD function completely while the procedure is in progress. It will fail if you turn off your device or switch to another App while doing so..

Manipulating Images On GOOGLE DRIVE

What I wanted next was to create a folder that would contain all images/videos for the one particular subject matter that my UPLOAD was part of. So, after right clicking my mouse aimlessly on the wrong buttons, I found the NEW FOLDER option embedded in the MY DRIVE menu up at the upper left corner of the home page as shown in the following image.

After clicking on the NEW FOLDER option, a dialogue box popped up as shown:

Google Drive Screen Shot

After clicking on highlighted UNTITLED FOLDER icon in the box, I gave said folder a name and then clicked on CREATE. This maneuver then created the newly named but empty folder in a bar below the Suggested Images Row and the left side of the bar contained the word “Folders“.

Then, I right clicked the ID tag at the bottom of the image I had just transferred in, and a drop down box appeared like one in the screenshot below which displayed the function “Move To”.

I then clicked on the Move To button as shown in the screenshot surrounded by the boxed highlight and arrow pointer. Then the next dialogue box popped up:

I then clicked on FAMILY PICS, which was the name of the FOLDER I just created. This maneuver highlighted it as shown. Once done, I clicked on the MOVE button to complete the function.

Please note, YOU MUST CLICK THE “MOVE” BUTTON or nothing will happen. Sounds simple enough, but that critical MOVE button was often so low on my screen, I couldn’t see it and spent gobs of time trying to figure out the problem. As for a permanent solution, Google needs to address that issue and fix it.

The Google Drive To Laptop Folder(s) Transfer

With the new image uploaded and stored in the newly created folder inside my own GOOGLE DRIVE WEBSITE (A.K.A. MY GOOGLE DRIVE), I found myself pleased that said procedure is provided free by GOOGLE up to a limit of 15 GB (GigaBytes) of storage. Since I have only used 4.5 GB after uploading numerous pics and videos, I still have lots of storage left. But I also wanted to store them in my own safe storage vault as well.

That brings up the primary issue of transferring all of those GOOGLE DRIVE images to my Laptop Hard Drive which, thanks to my son Eric’s (and the rest of my immediate family’s) generosity, was provided to me the previous year on my birthday inside a new Laptop Computer which has 1 Terabyte of storage capacity. Since that is 1000 GB, and most of the System Requirements and stored programs consume around 450 GB, then I still have around 550 GB of free space left.

That extra capacity is approximately 36 times the Google Drive limit. And it belongs to me, which means I don’t have to concern myself with the possibility of being kicked out of the system or being erroneously banned from using the program at all. So, with that said, here is what I do:

I clicked on that ID tag below the image once again and that same dropdown box appeared, just like before. As shown in the image below, I then clicked on DOWNLOAD .

That maneuver created a downloaded image info box at the bottom of my laptop screen just above my menu bar. I then clicked on that box and the downloaded image popped up on a full sized media page which then gave me several options to choose from. For this particular operation, I then right clicked on the image and chose the SAVE AS function which immediately brought up my FILE EXPLORER tab. I then saved the image to the appropriate folder. Done!

The Reason For This Pursuit

The main reason I sought out a transfer program is because our gifted iPads and iPhones in the latest versions, again compliments of our son Eric’s unbelievably generosity, have one half the storage capacity of our outdated older electronic devices. When we transferred all our data to the newer devices, the massive number of photos and videos residing inside said previous units maxed out the storage limits.

I also wan to create videos for venues like YouTube that I can monetize after I edit them on programs like the PINNACLE STUDIO choice I alluded to in a paragraph earlier in this article. Since both my iPhone and iPad take quality images that feature high definition characteristics, it is easy to capture momentous events and worthwhile displays that have a professional appearance to them. Add our GoPro smart device captured videos to the mix and I have even more options.

By shifting the storage burden to GOOGLE DRIVE, I can still pull up a folder on the companion App and view same without any hassle. I just log in (if required more than once), click on a folder, then click on the desired image, and you are off and running.

As for protecting all your images in a secure format, you can load everything on to your laptop (or PC/Mac) hard drive in selected folders and back it up with a separate method of your choice. As for me, I use a SanDisk 128GB 2.0 Flash Drive which now sells for about $15 on Amazon, a cost which is about 10% of the price paid for mine several years ago.

So there you have it, my solution shared with you. If you like taking lots of videos, you’re going to have to up the ante sooner or later. Why not prepare your options ahead of time before you hit a brick wall. Yes, you may have other choices for accomplishing this task, but this works for me, and now it can work for you.

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