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Submitted by: Brooke M. Perry

Tablets are the best portable devices that you can ever have. It is lightweight, and you can perform most of the activities that you do on a regular laptop. However, the only thing that stops you from loading more data is the memory or the storage constraint. It happens especially with Windows 8.1 tablets. But don’t worry there are different ways of managing the space related problems. Often Windows tablets come with limited memory, some come with 32GB storage. Experts expect that future Windows tablets might just have 16GB storage. This sure means that the tablet will run out of storage capacity soon. For this reason, you should now learn to manage it all within that cramped memory space. However, all is not that bad as the options of USB port, and Micro SD card slot is still available. You can use these options for expanding memory. Still, it is essential to know how to manage space constraint while you are using Windows 8.1 tablet.

Removing the Partition

Recovery partition is a part and parcel of the tablet. It is used when you need a fresh reset to the system and loads a new operating system. The files are loaded using the partition within the device. It is a convenient option, but it takes as much as 6GB space when you are using Surface Pro 2.

There are ways through which you can deal with cramped up space. You can copy the recovery partition on a USB flash drive.

Press the Windows key-> Start screen, and then enter recovery drive

Launch or create a recovery drive tool

Copy all your recovery partition on USB drive

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Once the process gets over, you can delete the partition from the device

The above-mentioned steps will help you free up the memory space. With the partition gone, you will be able to fully utilize the free space to your desire.

Use of a USB Drive or Micro SD Card o

The tablet comes with Micro SD card slots to help expand storage space. By using a Micro SD card slot, you can store all the content that you need without worrying about burdening the internal storage space. Now all that you need to do is install the apps in the SD card. However, the feature, for storing apps in card, is no longer available with the 8.1 Windows version. The apps that you install will be loaded into the device. To maintain the space you can choose to install desktop apps to another location.

You can use a USB drive for storing purpose, but they are larger, and you will need to carry it along. This sure seems an inconvenient option especially when you are using a tablet. However, the solution is using a small USB drive that would not stick out far.

Using Micro SD Cards

You can easily customize the storage location when you are running the 8.1 version of Windows. You can choose to change the save locations. You can move your library to SD card storage and choose it as the primary storage medium.

Go to PC Settings app-> PC and Devices-> Devices-> Default Save Locations-> Set Up button.

Using OneDrive

A viable option of OneDrive is good for storing your content on the cloud.

Go to File Explorer-> OneDrive-> Properties-> Location tab, this option helps you choose the location for storing files.

You can choose to move the OneDrive folder to the Micro SD card for creating more space.

You just need to keep in mind that while using the cloud option you will need to manually choose files. There is no automatic option for downloading and storing files on the device by default. It is advisable that you can move files to the drive from your internal storage. It helps freeing up internal storage space.

Using Disk Space Tool

The addition of Disk Space tool within the PC Settings application is a great addition. The tool helps determine the usage space percentage and remove the clutter. The tool analyzes media files, Windows Store apps and recycle bin to help free storage space. Sorting out the apps installed is easier using this tool. You can choose to remove the apps that are consuming a lot of space.

Go to PC Settings-> PC and Devices > Disk space to access this tool.

The methods mentioned in the article will help you overcome the memory constrain that your Windows tablet poses. However, if you are keen on knowing or finding out more about tips on managing files then seek online tech support.

About the Author: Brooke M. Perry is an ardent technician associated with Qresolve online computer support with wide experience of fixing issues with PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphone. With a strong track record of devising effective ways of online tech support and system security, she has so far helped thousands of users across the globe.

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