I am starting to use Google Drive and I´ve been using Picasa for a while now. Some days ago Google announced that they were going to start considering Google Drive and Picasa space as one storage unit. I believe this will make things easier for the end user, but something crucial is missing.
I needed to back up my pictures and videos, they are around 80GB of more than 10 years of scanned, and digital pictures I´ve been taking since I had my first digital Epson PhotoPC 650 camera (1 Mega pixel yeah!). As you can imagine I have to get some order to the “My Pictures” folder but until I have time to do so, I really need to have a backup of everything outside my house, you know, just in case…
I decided to backup all my pictures and videos (80 GB) to Google Drive. For USD 5 a month I get 100 GB of storage, which is half the price of Dropbox. Anyways I love Dropbox and use it for files.
The problem I encountered for what I wanted to accomplish is that there is no option in preferences to move the Google Drive folder to another physical drive. My C drive is an SSD and I dont have enough space for storage there, thats why I needed to change it to a one of the 2 TB drives I have…
I´ve been having a problem when moving images from my iPhone and iPad to my PC. Some images that require to be rotated were not rotating when trying to use the embedded “Rotate Clockwise” or “Rotate Counter-clockwise” within Windows Explorer (right clicking on the image). I received an error “You cannot rotate this image. The file might be in use or open in another program, or the file or folder might be read-only” or also “Windows Photo Viewer can’t save the changes to this picture because there’s a problem with the picture’s file properties”
To avoid this I had to open the image on Paint or a more powerful editor to be able to rotate it and then save it again.
As you can imagine this is quite a big hassle, so after some research online, I found a tool called: “JPEG & PNG Stripper” this portable, free tool will allow you to strip the metadata that the iPhone and iPad add to the images that prevent Windows Explorer to rotate the images by right clicking on them. One good thing about this tool is that it doesnt affects at all the quality of the image itself, it just strips the metadata you dont want.
How the tool works is very simple, once you open it, you just drag and drop the iPhone/iPad images into the white space in the program windows and you are set. The default options work for me, for example I like to preserve the original date of the taken picture. Of course you can modify the options as you please 🙂
You can download the tool from the developers website here.