3 Ways to Add Portable Storage to Your Surface - dummies

3 Ways to Add Portable Storage to Your Surface

By Andy Rathbone

Your Surface’s drive is speedy but tiny, especially when compared to today’s desktop PCs, which usually include more than 300GB of storage space. Because apps can be installed only on your Surface’s 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 up to 128GB. You can swap memory cards to access different batches of files. However, memory cards are tiny, expensive, easy to lose, and cumbersome to move between computers.

  • 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 more than 4TB of information: That’s about 4,000GB, which should be more than enough space until you return to your desktop PC.

  • Flash drives: Also known as thumb drives, these tiny drives make it easy to transfer files between your Surface and other PCs. (If you can’t find a printer that’s compatible with your Surface RT or Surface 2, copy those files from your Surface to a flash drive and then print them from your desktop PC.)