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How to add storage to Dell XPS 13 on the cheap

The Dell XPS 13 (opens in new tab) is one of the best Ultrabooks money can buy and it has some great options for internal storage capacity. However, if you still need more space, a quick and easy way of getting it is to use a microSD card.

Products used in this guide

Tiny but spacious: Samsung EVO Plus 128GB microSD card (opens in new tab) ($24)

How to add storage to your Dell XPS 13

Adding microSD based additional storage to your XPS 13 is a simple process that takes only a couple of minutes. Just pick up a microSD card (we've recommended our favorite option here, but there are plenty of storage varieties) and follow these instructions.

  1. Locate the microSD card slot on the right-hand side of the laptop.
  2. Push the microSD card slot into the slot until you feel a click. It should then be tight and not come back out if you gently pull on it.

Before removing the microSD card ensure you eject it properly to avoid data loss or corruption.

  1. Click the Show hidden icons button in the taskbar.
  2. Click Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media.
  3. Click Eject SDXC.

  1. Apply pressure to the microSD card until it clicks again, releasing it from the slot.

Now you know how to not only add storage, but safely remove it should you wish to use the microSD card elsewhere.

Our top equipment picks

You'll need a good microSD card to expand that storage, so here are your best bets.

EVO Plus is a UHS-1 (U3 rating) Class 10 microSD card with maximum read and write speeds of around 100 MB/s and 90 MB/s respectively. It's also great if you travel around a lot, since it's waterproof and won't be damaged by X-rays, extreme temperature changes, or magnets. Best of all, you can get it at an exceptionally good price.

Alternative Equipment

128GB is plenty of additional storage to add, but if you need more still, here are some of the largest alternatives we could find.

Sandisk ultra

SanDisk Ultra 400GB microSD (opens in new tab) ($53 from Amazon)

SanDisk is continually pushing the envelope on what's possible for microSD storage and the 400GB Ultra is one of the highest capacities you can buy.

Samsung EVO Plus 512GB microSD ($85 at Amazon)

Samsung's quality microSD cards are now available in a whopping 512GB capacity, and at comfortably less than $100 it's a smart investment.

Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.