So now that you are rocking a new Surface, here is a quick tip that will allow Surface’s Video and Music apps see video and music you store on your microSD card.
THE PROBLEM: Windows will not allow you to choose removable storage spaces for things like Libraries that include the Videos and Music Libraries that Surface (and other Windows 8 machines) use for their apps. So if you store videos on your microSD card and want them to show up in the Videos app on Windows 8, it won’t happen. Why? The Videos app looks at the Video “Library” in File Explorer. You can’t add removable storage to Windows’ Libraries.
THE FIX: The trick is to mount your removable storage into a folder in Windows. Pretty easy and done through Disk Management.
- Insert your microSD card behind the Surface kickstand
- Go to Disk Management
- In Windows 8 it is easy if you have a mouse attached. Go to the bottom-left corner of the screen and right-click. Look at all those Admin commands
- Otherwise, go through the normal search and type “Disk Management”. The entry in Settings will show “create and format hard disk partitions”. This is Disk Management. Click it.
- You will see that your microSD card has already been assigned a drive letter. Right-click your “Removable” drive and select “Change Drive Letter and Paths for <drive letter>…”
- Once the card has already been inserted and assigned a drive letter, you cannot simply click “Change…” here (the option you need will be grayed out). So you have to click “Remove”.
- Now the only option you have is “Add…”. Click it and you will see “Mount in the following empty NTFS folder:”
- I always create a folder right in my Users directory or right in C:. For instance, C:\Users\gorbett\microSD
- Select that folder and presto. You are now able to treat your microSD like any other folder in Windows 8, including adding to Libraries like Video and Music
You can now open File Explorer and right-click the Video and Music Libraries in the left hand Navigation Pane, select Properties, then Add… in the Properties, and select the folder you just mounted your microSD in. Now when you go into the Videos or Music app in Surface (or any other Windows 8 machine), you will now be able to see any videos or music you add to your microSD card