The other day, I saved all of my photos and videos off of my iPhone 4S onto my computer using the “Import Pictures” wizard. I decided to not check the box that deletes the pictures and videos after saving, so after the whole process was done, I was stuck with 1000+ photos on the device. At this point, I was not ready to spend 20 minutes tapping on each picture one by one to mark them all for deletion. It really bothers me that Apple made a weird decision to not implement a “Delete All” button for the camera roll.
So I thought to myself, why not just delete all the photos and videos that were imported off of the computer, and repeat the process, this time checking the box to remove the items from the device. As soon as I plugged the phone back into my computer, I navigated to the “Import Pictures” wizard, and it gave me this awesome prompt…
Here’s when I began to worry about losing my precious photos and videos. I decided to take a picture using the camera on the device to ensure that there was a new picture for the wizard to pick up. This way, the wizard might recognize that none of the other pictures have been “saved” (even though I had already saved them previously). This time around, when I got to the wizard, it allowed me to save pictures, but it was only the one new picture that I had recently taken.
It turns out that Windows persists information about which photos or videos have been previously saved to your computer, so you can’t really save them again. I guess this was designed to prevent duplication of photos and videos on the computer. So to fix this solution all you have to do is delete or rename the file which stores all this information and you’ll be set.
For Windows 7 this file is:
For Windows Vista the file is:
C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Photo Gallery\Pictures.pd4 (or sometimes .pd5)