01-30-2013, 07:37 PM #4X-Box Music Pass Rocks
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Surface: there is no substitute
We are all just prisoners here, of our own device(s)
- 01-31-2013, 07:40 PM #8
Couldn't you back up the USB stick to your PC to have 2 copies?
And/or if it's a full copy of windows, you might be able to download from MS, just make sure to have the product code.
- 02-01-2013, 03:15 AM #9
- 02-01-2013, 04:39 PM #11
- 02-07-2013, 07:20 AM #13
"Well if you would have just given me an extra 8GBs of space, I wouldn't have to place the recovery partition on a USB. At the same time, I don't want to spend $10 on a USB drive because that's not my responsibility. Wait, I think MS should just give me the partition at the store in case I lose the USB drive. What if I lose it and I need to reset my Surface to factory settings? Yes yes MS should reimage my Surface for free, that's right because it's their fault that I removed the recovery partition.."
The above is what a whiny, blame-shifting, irresponsible person sounds like.
02-07-2013, 08:05 AM #14
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Honestly, I don't think it would be impossible to walk into a Microsoft store with a USB key in hand and get one made, if you find yourself unable to find the one you made.
- 02-07-2013, 08:15 AM #15
However, removing the recovery partition shouldnt have been done in the first place. Just leave it intact because you never know what might happen. That's why there's a SD slot. If you want more memory, then there's your option.
This is what I do. Of course, apps that are downloaded from the MS Store are installed on the local drive. So that stays the same. Any media or work files I place them on the SD card only. Problem solved.
- 02-07-2013, 04:18 PM #16
Here is my experience which I assume can be similar to most, within two days of having the surface and configuring, I had all the 1st party MS apps, i downloaded probably 15-10 or so 3rd party apps whether it is a photo editor, facebook, twitter app, new apps, reader apps. Then probably downloaded about 10 games. I put in about 3 gigs of my music and two videos which totaled about 1.5 gbs. That is all, my storage was down to 3.5 GB left out of the 32 gb model. Is your serious? To even get to 10 gb, i struggled finding apps to uninstall so I did, i uninstalled a bunch of games and a bunch of apps, no would i need those apps every day? I think most people like myself want to be able to use a device and not have to micromanage the storage out of the box. It is one thing to run out of storage over time, it is another to run out of storage out of the box. This includes all the disk management cleaning.
I get it, there is a recovery partition, there is office, but if an sdcard is a solution, then the sdcard files need to read like if it was a local file. I shouldn't have to waste my time transferring back and forth because the 32gb is tapped out by just downloading apps.
- 02-07-2013, 10:42 PM #17
But even if you only use the local drive and load up tons of video files, one should delete them once they are viewed. Why keep a movie or show long term on the Surface since it's going to be a one-time viewed file. Once you delete them, Im sure you have a copy from that file on another computer.
After the process I used, theres no management to keep up with.
I get that many people are not that techy, but anyone that can follow directions can do it.
Here's a link that has the instructions.
It's a longer process to get the apps to read off the SD card correctly but it works.
- 02-08-2013, 10:28 AM #18
Maybe ill go back and do the vhd thing, but just seems too complicated, the storage space saved by installing apps on the sdcards is sufficient for now.
- 02-08-2013, 11:58 AM #19
- 02-10-2013, 05:22 PM #23
OK so i think i was able to get this VHD working and the one of the same issues with the other processes is that new files do not update.
I put one album in the folder and did the configuration and it worked and am able to see it in the music app. So I added one other album and it does not update. I had one movie in the VHD drive video folder and it recognized, added another, did not recognize.
So essentially, the problem that exist with the other ways of doing this still exist. Can anybody confirm that they can add new files to the folder without doing any setting updates and the music/video apps update with the new file real time?
I am assuming the configuration is some where in here:
- Set up automatic mounting on system startup.
- Win+W, type Schedule Tasks, enter.
- In the tree on the left side, click on "Task Scheduler Library".
- From the "Actions" pane, click on "Create Task"
- Put mount D:\disk.vhd (or anything you'd like) as the task name.
- Select "Run whether user is logged on or not"
- Check "Run with highest privileges"
- In Triggers tab, click on New, select "At startup" and press OK.
- In Actions tab, click on New. Select "Start a program" as Action. In program/script, put C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe. In add arguments, write exactly -command "mount-diskimage D:\disk.vhd".
- In Conditions tab, uncheck everything.
- Press OK
- Enter your Windows password and press OK.
- Restart the system and see if your new drive is visible after login
- Set up Windows Indexing.
- Win+W, type Indexing Options, enter
- Click on modify, check the new vhd drive (probably E).
- OK, Close.
The final link is pretty bad in terms of telling us what to do next. So i did manage library to each of the music, video, document, pictures folder i did. I changed the default to the vhd folder and added the folder to the libraries. Clearly it works since it recognizes the very initial music and video files.
Now im not sure what stops actually helps with the libraries recognizing new files such as my music and videos. Any suggestions?
FYI for people still doing this
"In Actions tab, click on New. Select "Start a program" as Action. In program/script, put C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe. In add arguments, write exactly -command "mount-diskimage D:\disk.vhd".
When it says write exactly, you shouldn't, you should not have the last period.
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