Thursday, April 17, 2008

Mounting HP Photosmart All-In-One printer SD cards on Mac OS X

I have an HP Photosmart 2575 All-In-One printer with flash, SD card, USB drive, etc reader. I have been frustrated since I started trying to use my card reader on my printer with my Mac. There does not seem to be an easy way to mount one of the cards with the HP provided software like I expected there to be. The only way I could get a card to mount so I could import my pictures into iPhoto was to run HP Photosmart Studio Software and start importing the photos from it. But the problem is it started importing my pictures to my Pictures folder as well as iPhoto and I had to remember to delete the duplicate photos from the Pictures folder.

Well after a year, I have solved my frustration. I figured out that HP was just using sharing to access the printer and the card became a drive on that share. Below is how I now mount my card without running the HP software.

Mounting SD Cards on HP Photosmart All-In-One Printers

1. Put card in appropriate slot on printer.
2. From Finder choose Go > Connect to Server.
3. Enter smb:// where ip address is the ip address of your printer.
4. Press Connect.
5. When prompted for user name and password select Guest and press Connect.

At this point, your printer should be added as a share and if you are lucky iPhoto will auto start.

6 comments:

Warren said...

Excellent, This was just what i was looking for. Thanks...

Leinies Guy said...

This is exactly what I was looking for as well, helped me out copying images from my mother-inlaws camera card, because I didn't have a cable at my house.

jazzzzdude said...

Cool. That did the trick.

Roger said...

Absolutely the coolest method to connect! Best tip for the day!

hathor said...

Judd, I just spent an hour trying to figure this out, thank you for your concise solution, perfect.
sincerely,
Heather

Sonya Isenberg said...

I have a Mac OS X version 10.6.8
and I want to load pictures from an SD card to my MAC through the printer.
when i use your directions, I can't find Go> Connect to server.
I put the SD card in the HP C3100 printer.
I clicked on Finder, but could not find Go.
Help??