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Install Desktop application on micro sdxc card

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    Install Desktop application on micro sdxc card


    Hello. I have recently got a Linx 10 windows tablet (Intel atom based), but it only has 32gb of storage of which 24gb is available. I recently purchased a Micro sdxc class 10 card (benchmarked at 25mb/s read/write on the Linx10 with crystaldisk), i was hoping to install applications on it where storage speed would be less critical. When i try to install programs on it such as visual studio it states that i cannot install it on removable media and steam does not list it as a drive. Is there anyway to make the tablet treat the micro sdxc as if it is an internal storage device so that i can use it like a hard drive? Or are there any other ways to make applications install onto it?

    Thanks for any help,
    Aljowen

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    you would use your SD card for the systems storage - ie picture, video, doc's etc

    Thus freeing HD space for apps
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    While that is one way to do that my device has no video's or images stored on it. Just applications. So i have nothing to move onto the sd card. Which is why i am wondering if there is anything that can be done (not excluding registry edits) to allow me to install applications on the sd card. For instance visual studio is 7gb alone, that is 1/4 of the devices total storage.

    Actually, my mistake. You get 14gb of free space. There is a system partition which reduces it from 32gb to 24gb and then there are 10gb of files in the windows directory on the c: drive. Therefore visual studio would use 1/2 of the internal storage which is not ideal.
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    OK.. Glad you said that..

    Hopefully you have nothing you want to save an that drive, if you do copy it over to something..

    Go to control panel - recovery - create a recovery drive..

    It will then ask you if you what to remove the recovery partition.. you can and it will increase the size of the windows partition, But if you ever have to reset or refresh the PC you will need the recovery media..

    So far to this point you will lose no data


    Or I can help you to increase the windows partition size and still keep the on-disk recovery - but you will lose your data unless you copied it over somewhere
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    I am have seen that people on the forums for my particular device have created tutorials for moving the recovery partition onto a usb drive to gain an extra 6gb of space. Which i probably will do at some point, but that still isn't quite the same as 60gb of extra space to install applications. I also don't want to do that until i know that i have everything set up as i need it just so that there is less hassle if i need to use it.
    When i am at home i have a perfectly good desktop that i can use for everything that i need but when i am outside of my house i would like to be able to use the device for programming or playing some older or less demanding games. One of the big issues are that visual studio is 7gb and games are often between 300mb and 10gb. While the device is fine as it is for installing the games that are less than 1gb there just isn't enough space to a few of anything much bigger than that. So the extra space would be of real advantage.

    But having said that if there are any large windows files that can be removed that would serve as a bonus even if it isn't really a solution.

    People have posted ways to allow windows store apps to be installed on the sd card, do you think that trying one of them could allow desktop apps to also be installed on a micro sd card? (eg, How to Install Windows Store Apps to an SD Card or Another Drive)

    Thanks for the help
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    You can not use a removable drive as your primary drive.. you can not merge the two drives either (act as one drive)

    24 from 32 is 8GB of space

    and without see you disk management - you may even gain a few 100MB of space more..

    On an android you can do what your asking..
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    On my dell windows 32GB tablet I was able to go from 14 free space to 24
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    There is 8GB of space that is not on the c drive that is being used for the recovery partition as well as other things the device manufacturer will have done. The C: Drive is 24GB, there is a windows folder inside the C: drive called windows. This folder contains 10.1GB worth of operating system files. I am currently using space sniffer to look at the windows directory, i cant see anything there that immediately jumps out as being unnecessary other than maybe the speech engine, but it is only 120mb so its not worth fiddling with imo. Maybe there is more there but deleting bits of the os is something i have to admit that i dont really want to do.

    Please correct me if my logic is completely wrong but usually with windows (for example on a desktop) you can have multiple hard drives and or ssd's, you would be able to install desktop applications across many of those drives. Which is why i don't see why it would not be possible to do so on a windows tablet that is running full 32bit Windows 8.1 (not RT). Since it would just be installing applications on 2 separate storage devices.
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    On your desktop try install apps to your removable USB

    You asked the question and I was trying to help.. Sorry if it was not the answer you wanted.

    as you seem well versed in windows and small hard drives..
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    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    On your desktop try install apps to your removable USB
    You asked the question and I was trying to help.. Sorry if it was not the answer you wanted.
    as you seem well versed in windows and small hard drives..
    I apologize if i come across as being angry with you etc. I assure you that is not actually the case. I just cant see any logical reason why windows would not allow me to use an ntfs storage device to install applications if i am not planning to ever remove the device. It seems like a software restriction that was put in place to prevent people from messing stuff up by installing applications on a portable device and then removing it leaving the registry etc in a mess. While removing some un needed files that the manufacturer put on the device would help, for me it isnt really a solution since even if i had all 32gb to myself it would probably still be a bit too small.

    Sorry if i have made you feel bad in the process.
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