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How to use Windows VM to save photos from an exFAT SD card?

Saving photos from an exFAT SD card to a QNAP NAS using a Windows VM

exFAT is a proprietary file system from Microsoft that is currently unsupported by QNAP NAS. However, by using Virtualization Station, you can create a Windows-based virtual machine (VM) that can read and save the contents from an exFAT SD card to your NAS.

A USB-based SD card reader (sold separately) and a QNAP NAS that supports Virtualization Station is required. If you already have a Windows-based VM set up on your NAS, then start from "Connecting the exFAT SD card to the NAS".

Setting up Virtualization Station

  1.  Virtualization Station must be installed from the App Center.
  2. The Windows ISO file must be saved in the “Public” folder (this is the default path for Virtualization Station - another default folder can be set when initializing Virtualization Station.)

Create the VM

  1. Open Virtualization Station.
  2. Click “Create VM”.
  3. Click “Create Custom VM”.
  4. Enter the required information to create the VM. Allocating at least 2GB RAM is recommended for the VM. Click the folder icon next to “CD Image” to select the ISO file.

Install Windows on the VM

  1. Select the VM in the “VM List”, start the VM, and click “Console”.
  2. You must now go through the Windows installation process until the VM is ready to use.

Connecting the exFAT SD card to the NAS

  1. Insert your SD card into the SD card reader and plug it into the NAS. In Virtualization Station, click “Connect USB Device” to select the SD card reader to use in the VM.
  2. You should be able to access the SD card in the VM using File Explorer.

Use Qfinder Pro on the VM to copy the photos

  1. In the VM, download and install Qfinder Pro from www.qnap.com.

  2. Qfinder Pro will automatically search for all NAS on the network. Find your NAS and click “Media Upload”.
  3. Log in using your username and password.
  4. Click “Create Media Upload Job”.
  5. Select “Add folder” or “Add File” depending on your needs. Using "Add File" as an example, you will be able to select the files you want to save.
  6. Click “Start Upload”.
  7. Qfinder Pro will copy the files to the NAS from the SD card.
Release date: 2016-05-26
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