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As a thin and light laptop user which typically has 128gb to 256gb of SSD storage I find that too small for my taste and usage, especially when you’re installing a lot of programs, games, and/or syncing your cloud storage offline.
Fortunately, most laptop nowadays has provided slots for SD Cards which in my case was a microSD slot. In this tutorial, I will show how I can use it to expand my storage (it would work the same with a normal sized SD Card but you might want to get the half sized card so it would sit flush on the side of your laptop). Right now, I’m using a 128gb microSD Card from Samsung and I would say it helped a lot to keep my files and workspace organized.
- Install programs to your SD Card
- Put your cloud storage directory in your SD Card
- Pretty much anything you could normally do in a permanent storage
STEP 1 • Precautions
- Install the latest builds and drivers
- Update and install the latest drivers for your Windows
- Update your Windows OS
STEP 2 • Reformatting
- Connect SD Card and format to the NTFS file system
- Open This PC
- Right-click on the SD Card and select Format
- Choose NTFS for the File system (Optional) Rename it with the Volume Label, e.g. EXT
- Click on Quick Format checkbox
STEP 3 • Mounting
- Create a mount point
- Open This PC
- Right-click on the C: drive
- Create a new folder and name it the same as your SD Card, e.g. EXT
- Mount SD Card
- Press the WinKey + R and type in diskmgmt.msc
- Right-click on SD Card and select Change Drive Letters and Path
- Click Add, select Mount in the following empty NTFS folder and click Browse
- Browse your previously created folder in C: drive
- Click OK
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