With size of the laptops and computers shrinking, the size of internal storage also has reduced drastically. Although modern tablets have enough storage space, there will always be a scarcity which will force you to start installing apps on SD card, USB drive or an external hard drive.Windows had stop supporting installing programs on SD card with Windows 8.1 update. However, with recent Windows 10 update, Windows has started allowing its users to install or move applications to external drive such as SD card or USB drive.
In this article, you will learn how to install programs on to Windows 10 applications and along with that you can also move applications to SD card or USB drive. If you are one of those users with those sleek tablets and notebook, then this is the right article for you.
Choosing the Right Drive, SD card or USB drive:
First, get an SD card or USB drive that suits your device. Different devices come with different SD card slots. If the SD card doesn’t fit into the slot, you might consider using a smaller one like a Micro SD card. Often Micro SD cards are available with adapters, which works as a larger SD card as well.
When buying an SD card, it’s not just the price that matters. It’s about the storage class. You don’t want to buy the slowest SD card for app installation and end up slowing down the app itself. So be careful while choosing an SD card.
Note: If in case you come across any SD card or memory card errors you can refer to this info.
How to Install Apps to an SD Card or USB Drive on Windows 10?
To install programs or Apps on SD card or USB drive on Windows 10, connect the SD card or USB drive and follow the below mentioned steps:
- Insert an SD card, memory card or a USB drive and then open Settings app from the start menu.
- Now, in the Settings program, go to System and then Storage.
- Here, scroll down and click on Change where new content is Saved
- click on New apps will save to option. Choose the memory card or USB Drive or any other storage drive and click Apply.
- You have another option here – you can choose a drive to save new documents, photos, music or movies.
You have now set the SD card as a chosen location to install apps. Go to Windows Store and install the apps like how you would do normally. Windows will now install the apps on an SD Card or other chosen drive saving the space on your device’s internal drive. Now you can install all the apps which otherwise wouldn’t have been possible on the small storage devices – which includes cheaper Windows 10 laptops or tablets.
Note: Sometimes the SD card on which you have installed Windows 10 applications will refuse to open or the SD card reader will throw some error. You can check the above link to fix this issue.
How to Move Already Installed Apps to SD Card or USB Drive?
Enabling the above settings will allow you to store the apps you install in the future. But the apps which you already installed will not be moved to the SD card. There are different unsupportive methods to move the installed apps, but that won’t serve the good purpose in the long run.
For this, Microsoft recommends a simple solution – uninstall the applications and this, in turn, will be removed automatically from the internal storage. And then, install the apps again. Now, Windows 10 will store these apps on the SD card.
Here is how to uninstall the apps.
You have to find the apps from the Start Screen or Start Menu and long press it or right-click the app and select Uninstall. Later you can search for that app in Windows store and download it. The app will be installed on the SD card.
What If The SD Card Is Removed?
If you remove your SD card, memory card or other storage devices, the apps will not work. Even if click the tile to run the app, you’ll see nothing. If you want the apps to work normally again, just insert the SD card or plug in the storage device to your computer. Everything will work just fine.
Undo The Settings
If you, in future decided not to use the external device to store the apps, in the Settings program, go to System and then Storage, choose This PC for New apps will save to. This will store the new apps downloaded in the internal drive.
However, the apps that are already stored in the SD card won’t be moved to the internal storage. To migrate those apps, you have to follow the uninstall and reinstall process.
Installing, uninstalling might be an easy process, but in the process of plugging and unplugging the SD card or memory card, there might be chances of corruption of card. In such a case, you can make use of reliable software for data recovery from corrupt memory card or SD card. This will help you in restoring the data. They even come with technical support assistance for any help.
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