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I have a Nikon D3300 and ample amount of space on its memory card. However I have noticed a pattern that it creates a new folder after reaching 1000 images in one folder.

For instance, DSC_001 to DSC_099 in one folder and then the following images in a seperate folder. How can I make it save everything I shoot in the same folder? I have looked all the settings on the camera and still cannot figure it out.

The problem it creates is that when I copy the photos to my laptop, the previous set of 999 images have the same name as the new set of photos that I take. For this reason I have been unable to save all the related images from one day/trip/event in the same folder on my computer.

UPDATE: 1. I pop the SD card from the camera and use inbuilt card reader on my laptop to transfer images. 2. In the new folder that the camera creates, the images start from DSC_000 to DSC_999 making it impossible for me to save all images in 1 folder on my laptop.

Can someone help me? Thanks.

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    What are you using to download/copy the images to your laptop? Are you using specialized software or the built in operation system tools? Please describe. – dpollitt Nov 8 '15 at 18:02
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    Is it the folder name or the resetting to 0001 that is the problem? – mattdm Nov 8 '15 at 18:05
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    Your statement is wrong. It is totally possible to store the images in one folder - just rename them with a prefix. You want to rename them anyway so you can key in date, a shot reference and a load / camera ID, otherwise you start falling apart sooner or later anyway. – TomTom Nov 8 '15 at 20:32
  • I took the suggestion of user 'ths' and turned the file number sequencing ON so that even if the camera creates new folder, all images will be named in continuous increasing number. I should be able to copy them in a single folder on my laptop without overwriting. That's the best and easy workaround I have found thus far. – BNKS Nov 8 '15 at 20:43
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In your cameras reference manual, page 249, the menu setting "file number sequence" is described:

  • On

When a new folder is created, the memory card formatted, or a new memory card inserted in the camera, file numbering continues from the last number used. If a photograph is taken when the current folder contains a photograph numbered 9999, a new folder will be created automatically and file numbering will begin again from 0001.

  • Off

File numbering is reset to 0001 when a new folder is created, the memory card is formatted, or a new memory card is inserted in the camera. Note that a new folder is created automatically if a photograph is taken when the current folder contains 999 photographs

So, if you set this to "On", your photos will be numbered continuously up to 9999, spanning folders. (Unfortunately, there are only 4 decimal places available)

There is no setting to put all photos in one folder (probably because of performance problems on FAT file systems), but this will help solve your problem of duplicate file names.

  • Thank you. I found that setting and have turned it ON. Even if the new folder issue cannot be solved, at least I should now be able to copy all images without fear of overwriting old images. – BNKS Nov 8 '15 at 20:27

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