Originally Posted by isaiahbrink
Hey Dave, while I shoot Nikon, in RAW, I believe I can be of at least a little assistance here. I'm not sure what the .CRW and .THM files are, but I always get the .XMP files after I open them and manipulate them in Photoshop CS2. I agree with what the previous poster mentioned about first coping all files over to your hard drive first before even opening them. Well, I hope that this was of some help, good luck!
Isaiah, thanks for the advice but I have been doing this ever since I bought my first digital camera. I always upload from the CF Card into my computer onto the hard drive via a card reader. I never transfer my photos from the camera due to the drain on the camera's battery.
After I upload the photos the first thing I do is to copy all of the photos onto my backup hard drive so I have a "safety" copy.
As a caveat to this I found out something interesting that has saved me some time. I recently upgraded my computer to a sweet Dell rig. Intel Core 2 Duo processor, bunches of RAM, wicked fast graphics, 8 USB 2.0 High Speed ports, Firewire, the whole 9 yards and for the most part a nice computer that I am happy with but I have noticed that uploading photos from a CF Card takes noticeably longer with this new computer. I can make a sandwich in the time it takes me to upload 100 photos and I found out why.
Dell took the cheap way out and gave me a USB 1.0 No Speed Card Reader and when I first noticed the slowdown and called Dell the Tec had no clue as to what Card Reader was in my computer.
I got pissed off at having to wait for my photos to upload and I finally got out the portable USB 2.0 High Speed Card Reader I keep in my laptop case and presto, I was back to speed in the blink of an eye. Now, when I upload 100 photos I don't even have time to get a cup of coffee so beware of manufacturers who cut corners and don't let you know about it.
I hope to be able to post some images from my first RAW shoot tonight so be on the lookout for them.