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How to: Transfer video to Microsoft Surface via USB connection?


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How does the Surface RT hold up after a few days of use? Do you feel like putting some videos and music to the Microsoft Surface RT so as to enjoy them on the road? The following guide shows you how to transfer videos and songs to Microsoft Surface RT wirelessly or via USB connection.

Transfer Files to your Surface
There are 2 ways that you can easily add music, pictures, videos, and documents to your Surface:
  • Connect to a networked computer
  • Use a USB flash drive or a memory card -- microSD, microSDHC, or micro SDXC cards all work with Surface.

1. Access/Download videos from home network to Surface RT
Microsoft bundles Office 2013 Home & Student Edition with your purchase of the Surface RT. This means you can access all files in your Homegroup, access shared folders from other computers on your network, and even map network drives which will automatically reconnect upon restarting the machine. As you can see from the screenshot below, Windows RT is functional well beyond the Start screen tiles and “Don’t call it Metro” interface.


Surface can access music, pictures, videos, and documents on computers that are part of your home network. To see the files and folders that have been shared on your network, go to the Start screen and open File Explorer. Shared items appear under HomeGroup or Network.

2. Use a USB flash drive or memory card to transfer videos to Surface RT
Surface with Windows RT includes a full-size USB 2.0 port. You can also transfer files to Surface, by copying them to a USB flash drive or memory card (microSD, microSDHC, or micro SDXC cards all work with Surface) and then adding the files to Surface.

Here’s how:
Step 1. Copy files onto a USB flash drive or memory card on your other computer.
Step 2. Insert the USB flash drive or memory card into Surface.
Step 3. Tap or click the notification that appears in the upper-right corner of the screen.

Step 4. Tap or click Open folder to view files. File Explorer opens.


Step 5. Select the files or folders you want to add to Surface, tap or click Home, and then tap or click Copy to.
Step 6. Select a location. For example, choose Documents if the flash drive or memory card contains documents.

Before you transfer videos to Microsoft Surface RT:
Always check 2 factors before you transfer videos to Microsoft Surface RT, the video format is supported by Surface RT and there is enough local storage space.

1. Microsoft Surface RT supported video formats includes MP4, WMV ASF and AVI. If your source video is not playable by Surface RT, convert the video to compatible format before transferring.

2. See how much storage space you have as it shows follows:
Step 1. Open the Settings charm, tap or click Change PC settings.
Step 2. Tap or click General. Scroll down to Available storage, to see how much storage space you have.

Or don’t move files to Surface. Store them in the cloud instead using Your files on SkyDrive. This way you can access your files from other computers or your phone.