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Three Ways to Add Portable Storage to Your Surface

Your Surface’s drive is speedy but tiny, especially when compared to today’s desktop PCs, which usually include more than 300 GB of storage space. Because apps can be installed only on your Surface’ internal drive, that doesn’t leave you much space for your own files.

If you need more storage, your Surface offers you several options, each serving different needs:

  • Memory slot: This slot in your Surface, hidden beneath the kickstand, accepts a tiny memory card that holds 64 GB or more. You can swap memory cards to access different batches of files, but memory cards can be expensive and cumbersome to move around.

  • Portable hard drive: Essential for people who collect a lot of information in the field, portable hard drives let you tote a huge amount of files. Today’s portable hard drives can hold 3 TB of information: That’s about 3,000 GB, which should be more than enough space until you return to your desktop PC.

  • Flash drives: Flash drives work best for quick file transfers between PCs and your Surface tablet device. When you need to copy files onto your Surface, copy them to your flash drive from your PC. Then, insert the flash drive into your USB port and copy the files to your Surface’s hard drive.

    (If you can’t find a printer that’s compatible with your Surface with Windows RT, copy files to a flash drive, and then print them from your desktop PC.)

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