Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 is a powerful laptop with a modular design, a touch display available in two sizes, and a high price. One way to save a bit of money at checkout is to dial back the size of your solid-state drive (SSD). To add more storage after purchase, you can use a standard SD card, but it will stick out and run the risk of being damaged during everyday use. However, a special adapter allows you to tidily fit a microSD card into the Surface Book 2 without any risk of damage.
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How to add storage to your Surface Book on the cheap
The BASEQI microSD adapter sits flush along the edge of your Surface Book 2, and there are sizes to fit either 13.5- or 15-inch configurations. Here’s how to get everything set up.
Slide the microSD card into the BASEQI adapter.
Slide the card and adapter into the SD slot on the side of your Surface Book 2. It should sit flush against the edge of your laptop.
Before you remove the microSD card and adapter from the Surface Book 2, ensure you eject it properly to avoid corruption or data loss.
- Click the Show hidden icons button on your Surface Book 2.
- Click the Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media button.
Click Eject SDXC.
You now know how to add and remove additional storage from your Surface Book 2.
Our top equipment picks
Unfortunately, the BASEQI adapter cannot take advantage of the UHS-II bus in the Surface Book 2, so it’s recommended to stick with a UHS-I microSD card. Here’s the gear we recommend for these steps.
There are some other options out there for anyone who wants something a bit different.
Silicon Power 128 GB microSD card
($18 at Amazon)
It has less storage at 128 GB and it’s a bit slower with a read speed up to 75 MB/s, but it’s also significantly cheaper than our main pick. If you want cheap, reliable storage, this is it.
Delkin 128 GB microSD card
($156 at Amazon)
This 128 GB UHS-II microSD card from Delkin comes with a standard SD UHS-II adapter, so if you’d like to occasionally benefit from higher speeds — we got about 224 MB/s read speeds with the UHS-II adapter — while also retaining the ability to pop it into the BASEQI adapter for UHS-I speeds and a flush fit, check this one out.
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