Save Scanned Data on a USB Flash Drive - TC-20M

Article ID: ART181880 | Date published: 04/13/2023 | Date last updated: 04/13/2023


Learn how to scan photos and documents with the imagePROGRAF TC-20M and save them to a connected USB flash drive.


You can save the scanned data directly to a USB flash drive. You can also delete the saved scanned data.

 Do not remove the USB flash drive from the printer under the following conditions:

  • While scanning is in progress

  • Before saving the scanned data

 For safety reasons, we recommend backing up the scanned data saved on a USB flash drive to another media periodically to avoid unexpected accidents.

 We assume no responsibility for damage to or loss of data for whatever reason even within the warranty period.


Save Scanned Data to a USB Flash Drive

  1. Load original items on the Document Platen.

  2. Insert a USB flash drive into the USB flash drive port.

  3. Select Others on the HOME screen.

  4. Select Scan.

  5. Select Save to USB flash drive.

  6. Select Save to USB flash drive.

  7. Specify settings as necessary.

    Scan Settings Screen

    1. Select the document type.


      Select to scan the document.


      Select to scan the photo.

    2. Displays the Scan settings screen.

    3. Displays the screen to select the save location.

  8. Press the Black  button or the Color  button.

     If the original is not loaded properly, a message is displayed on the touch screen. Load the original on the platen according to the scan settings.

     If you select ON for Preview on the scan setting screen.

    The preview screen is displayed before saving the scanned original on the USB flash drive.

    Preview Screen

    1. The preview screen of the scanning data is displayed.

    2. Select to rotate the preview screen.

      Displayed when you select PDF or Compact PDF for Format on the scan setting screen.

    3. Select to save the scanned original on the USB flash drive.

    4. Select to rescan the original.

     When you select JPEG for Format on the scan setting screen:

    The printer starts scanning and scanned data is saved on the USB flash drive.

     When you select PDF or Compact PDF for Format on the scan settings screen:

    The confirmation screen asking you if you continue scanning is displayed after scanning is complete.

    Scan End Screen

    If you want to continue scanning, load the next original item on the platen and start scanning.

    If you do not want to continue scanning, select End. The scanned data is saved on the USB flash drive in one PDF file.

    When you scan the originals continuously, you can save up to 100 pages of images in one PDF file.

 If the USB flash drive becomes full while scanning images is in progress, only the images already scanned can be saved.

 You can save up to 2000 files of scanned data saved on the USB flash drive in both PDF and JPEG data format.

 The folder and file name of scanned data saved on the USB flash drive is as follows:

  • Folder name: (file extension: PDF): CANON_SC\DOCUMENT\0001

  • Folder name: (file extension: JPG): CANON_SC\IMAGE\0001

  • File name: Running numbers, starting from SCN_0001

  • File date: The date and time of saving as set in the printer.

  • You can import the scanned data saved on a USB flash drive to the computer. After scanning the data, connect the USB flash drive to the computer and import the data.


Delete Scanned Data on USB Flash Drive

With the USB flash drive loaded in the USB flash drive port, select Others > Scan > Save to USB flash drive > Delete saved data from the printer's operation panel. Select the file you want to delete from the list of files displayed, and select Yes on the confirmation screen to delete the file.

If your product issue was not resolved after following the steps above, or if you require additional help, please create or log in to your Canon Account to see your technical support options.

Or if you still need help, visit our Canon Community by clicking the button below to get answers:

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