Windows 8 is the first potential try by Microsoft in the for the portable market space and in its initial days, it seems that it is a bit hit and miss. Windows 8 is aimed to bring a true Desktop environment along with the functionality of Windows but as opposed, it is not perfect. Bring home the Surface RT and insert a SD Card in it. You’ll soon find some compatibility problems.
As soon as you start your Surface RT, you’ll be greeted with 20GB of space of the 32GB mentioned one. Luckily enough there are SD Cards to save the day. Put the SD Card in and you are good to go. Err..Not exactly! You’ll struggle to find out that how to actually use the SD Card to store more data in the Surface RT because Windows RT libraries won’t let you add any external storage in the Windows libraries — Just for some security concern, I suppose.
Here is a simple tutorial which enables you to use your SD Card in Microsoft surface without any major problems. This method works almost perfectly with a few minor flaws about which I’ll talk later in the post.
Let get some basics. This handy trick is common for any drives using NTFS file system. Basically, you need to create a junction point between the regular Windows directory and any removable directory in your Tablet. Putting it in simple ways, a Junction point acts as a regular directory in your NTFS formatted drive — it’s just remote.
Do note that is not a Windows shortcut but instead it works in the Windows shell to enable some encryption and Shell. In the whole process, the Windows Shell, Explorer and command prompt kick in for some added help.
You can start the procedure by inserting the SD Card in your Surface tablet and let it install any drivers, if any. Make a shortcut of the SD Card in your C:/ Drive named as SD. This shortcut is just for the ease of access to the SD card in your tablet. Now make an empty folder in the C drive named as SD2. Its location should be like C:/SD2. In your SD card, make separate folders for all of your stuff. Put the documents in the folder Documents, music in the folder Music, pictures in the folder Pictures and videos in the folder Videos. Transfer all the files in their specific folders. Transfer all the mp3 files in the Music folder, doc files in the Documents and mp4 in the Videos.
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Give These Commands
To make these Junction points, we’ll use command prompt. Open Command prompt with administrator privileges and type in the following.
mklink /j c:\sd2\d d:\documents
mklink /j c:\sd2\m d:\music
mklink /j c:\sd2\p d:\pictures
mklink /j c:\sd2\v d:\videos
This will link all the required folders from the removable media to the Windows library. That’s it! Now all the data from your SD Card is now available in your Windows library. The good thing is that everything is available for the fancy Metro apps too. Both the Windows RT and Pro struggle to cope up with external storage so in that case, this is the best bet you can get.
So, that’s how we fix the incompatibility problem in the Surface RT Tablet from Microsoft. The process was a bit clumsy but the problem would be solved for sure, thanks to TeamRadicus for coming up with a fix for the problem.
Do let us know if you still face the incompatibility difficulty, we’ll help you out.
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