How to use an SD card with the Music and Video apps in Windows RT

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When I ordered my 32GB Surface I also ordered a 32GB SD card so I could put my music on it without filling up the Surface.  This is exactly what I do with my Galaxy Note and I thought it would be just a case of inserting the SD card and adding the folder to the Music library but its not that simple.

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You can’t add removable media to the media libraries in Windows 7 or Windows 8 but it is possible to add them via a little workaround that involves using Disk Manager.

First go to the Desktop and create a folder on the C drive that will be our link to the SD card.

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Next you need to load up Disk Manager which you can do by right clicking on the bottom right of the screen in Windows and selecting Disk Management.

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In Disk Manager right click on the SD card which is Disk 1, drive D on my device and select Change Drive Letter and Paths

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Now your going to select the folder on the C drive that you want to mount the SD card.

Click on Add and then click on browse

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Browse to the C drive folder you created before and click ok

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This will now make the content of the SD card available under C, in my case c:\SD_Music

Now you can add the folder to the Music library in Windows. To do this right click on the Music Library and click on Properties, Click on Add

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Then browse for the folder on C that you created at the start.

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Click on Include Folder and then any music you have on the SD card folder will show up in the music apps in Windows. This doesn’t copy the music over just creates a link to the card.

I actually created folders on the SD card for Music and one for Video and then in the previous step added the music sub folder of the SD card and then added the video sub folder to the video library in Windows.

So now my music is available in the music apps without taking up all my SD card.

Thanks to Jason Coombes for the tip.

 

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About the author Ian Dixon:
Founder of The Digital Lifestyle.com and host of The Digital Lifestyle Show. Started podcasting in 2005, Windows Entertainment and Connected Home MVP. Lover of gadgets from the Raspberry Pi to the iPad, Android to Windows 8. Also a massive motor racing fan