If you are using the cable that came with your digital camera to transfer images to your computer, you are going to be VERY glad you read this post!You need to buy a card reader.
A card reader allows you to take your compact flash card out of your camera and insert it into a device that attaches to your computer by high speed firewire or USB 2.0. The data transfer rates from the card reader are MUCH faster than they are from your camera. Sometimes five to eight times faster.
If you have a USB 2.0 port on your computer, and you probably do if it was purchased in the last few years, you will need a $20 USB card reader. If you have firewire on your computer, for $10 more you can get a fast firewire card reader.
Both the USB and the FIREWIRE card readers act like disk drives. They show up on your desktop and you can simply drag files from the card reader to your hard disk. Once you have moved all your images to your computer, you unmount the card reader and you’re done.
It’s faster and more efficient and you will love it.