[How-To] SD-Card: Add Content to Library; use as primary destination ...

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  1. Mr.NK

    Mr.NK Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi folks,
    since most of us love the option to expand the free space with a micro-sd(hc/xc)-card, here's a little how to get the most out of it:

    I. Add the content of a removable drive into a library, so you'll be able to play music from music-app.
    (Since my order was canceled, it's more based on hearing about, but this works also with Win 7 - give me a short notice, if there is any mistake or if you made screenshots for this)

    1. Start the file explorer in desktop mode
    2. Create a folder on the root of c:
    3. Create the folders "Video", "Documents", "Pictures" and "Music" on your microSD-card.
    4. Search for "cmd" and start the command prompt as an admin by right-click/hold tap an selecting "run as admin" on the bottom bar
    5. Run this lines (separate)
      Code:
      mklink /j c:\*yourfolder*\d d:\documents
      mklink /j c:\*yourfolder*\m d:\music
      mklink /j c:\*yourfolder*\p d:\pictures
      mklink /j c:\*yourfolder*\v d:\videos
    6. Now check, if the new folder are appearing in C:\*yourfolder*
    7. Open control panel and search for indexing options -> chose "modify" and add C:\*yourfolder*
    8. Right cklick/hold tap on every library and select "Properties" -> add the specific sd-folder from C:\*yourfolder* to your library -> click "set save directory"
    9. Check your apps, if that worked.

    Attention:
    Create a folder for each removable source. Source has to be present, if you want to see the files. Index remains to the next time, if you remove the source.


    Credits going to Toni from Team Radicus - there you'll find this method with some helpful screenshots.

    II. Use your SD-Card as the primary destination for downloads:
    (Like the solution mentioned before, this trick is derived from windows 7)

    1. Open C:\Users\YourName
    2. Right Click the following folder -> select Properties
    3. Click Location
    4. Change C:\Users\Yourname\*pickedfolder* to D:\Users\YourName\*pickedfolder*
    5. Click "Apply" -> "Ok".
    6. Answer YES to all to every prompt following
    7. Repeat steps for each folder

    Credits going to TMavC5 on wp-central-forum

    Additional ideas, comments or screens/videos? Please leave me a message :)
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2012
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  2. Astrix

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    re: [How-To] Add Content From SD-Card to Library

    Nice guide...sticky will be great.
  3. leeshor

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    So, one of your, either of you, could sticky it. It is a nice guide.
  4. billfraley

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    I just found this forum and signed up. Glad to see this info being put to use. I was very upset when I discovered I couldn't access my SD card content from the Music and Video apps. I knew of this feature from both Windows 7 and Server 2008. I was relieved to find out it also works on Windows 8 and RT.

    To be honest, I was ready to box my Surface back up and return it before seeing the lifehacker article. Then I was like DUH, I have already done this before! I am now very happy to say the Surface is a keeper for me.

    I am also glad to have found this forum.
  5. billfraley

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    It appears there are indexing issues even after this hack. It causes the library to not stay updated. You can still use this hack, with a slight caveat. You have to do a manual rebuild every time you add media. You do this in desktop mode. First open control panel, then indexing options, advanced, and finally select rebuild.
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  6. kane4fire

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    The above method didn't update for me either. Try the method in the link below, works much better IMO and is much easier. The libraries updated perfectly for me:
    How To: MicroSD to Windows RT Music, Picture, Video Library | Rashed Talukders Little Place on the Net

    Hope it helps.
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2012
  7. bulls96

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    thanks to this forum I was able to use my 64 microsd for my media!
    Sent from my Windows 8 device using Board Express
  8. machistmo

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    Another Surface SD card workaround

    I had a good experience using the guide below. I think they are all basically getting you to the same end.

    http://www.winsupersite.com/article/windows8/surface-tip-microsd-content-libraries-metro-apps-144658

    This site worked for me. I am also pretty sure that I read somewhere the Surface Team Lead had commented on this issue and that a fix was on the way. :cool2:

    Type and posted via Surface RT

    - I am becoming a Surface Junkie. No Arrow to the knee can stop a Surface user!
  9. bulls96

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    My videos have not been updating. Do I need to re index?
    Sent from my Windows 8 device using Board Express
  10. ArnoldC

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    Yes, just re-index.
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    Big Kahuna New Member

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    I've tried several of these methods to no avail. I'm wondering why Microsoft has made it so difficult. I mean, like There is an SD card slot on the surface. And you can't store anything on the sd card besides data. So why must we jump through hoops to use it? You should be able to simply insert the sd card, format it and change the "save to" setting in windows, and that's it. I really like the hardware on the surface but I'm adding this to the long litany of things I don't like about it. Typical Microsoft.
  14. jnjroach

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    The SD Card issue is the same with any form of Windows (at least since XP and maybe 2000). NTFS sees the card as removable storage so it is treated like any other removable storage device such as a thumb drive. Phone 7 with its file system claimed the SD Card for its internal storage but the process was destructive and one way, once it was used the SD Card couldn't be reused and you couldn't remove it unless you performed a hard reset, needless to say people complained about it. So I've used the Mounted Folder in x86 before, but using the Symbolic Links gives the best of both worlds, allowing you to access it from its drive letter or through the Libraries.
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    Yes, but this is Windows RT, not 8. And for all the limitations we have to accept, there should be an exception. It's a helluva lot easier to use an SD card on my jellybean droid.
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    This worked like a charm - nice and simple!!
    Thanks!!!
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    u don't really understand how this will work as I am indexing everything to the folder I made in C:\ and not any folders actually on my SD card
  18. ArnoldC

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    And that is the correct approach.
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    my pictures are not been updating on Photos Windows app :(

    how do I fix it? Do I need to re index? how ??

    plz, need help here :p
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