How to Import Pictures for the Second Time – “No New Pictures or Videos Were Found on This Device” Message

Today I imported pictures from my mom’s iPhone into my own picture library and, before upgrading her to iOS 5, decided to import them into a different folder so that there is a separate copy of just hers pictures in case it needs to be restored. Well, if you try to import previously imported pictures, you will get a message saying that “No new pictures or videos were found on this device” because Windows keeps track of what was already imported. While it would have been nice of them to maybe ask the user if he or she wants to import again into a different path, that’s, of course, not the case. Thankfully, there is a simple way to work around this if you know where to look. Windows keeps track of the imported pictures and videos in a file called PreviouslyAcquired.db in C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Photo Acquisition. To get and see the file, you will need to have the Show Hidden files, folders, and drives option enabled in Windows Explorer, under Tools > Folder Options > View. Once you’ve located the file, simply rename it to something like PreviouslyAcquired.db.bak and import again adjusting the Import Settings when the import window pop up. Once done, delete the newly created PreviouslyAcquired.db and rename the PreviouslyAcquired.db.bak back so that you do not double-import media from your other devices.

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