Expanding Your Storage Space

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The WFU base model of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and Helix is equipped with a significantly lower hard drive capacity than we have grown accustomed to on campus.  After subtracting the spaced used by the software load and the minimum free space required for MS Windows basic functions, there is approximately 50GB of usable user data space available.  For most campus users, 50GB is more than adequate storage space.  For campus users with large data needs, there are many options available to expand your storage.

SD/XD Memory Card Slot*

Micro SD Card with Adapter

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is equipped with a 4 in 1 memory card reader (MultiMediaCard, SD, SDHC, SDXC) that may be used as additional data storage.  This type of storage medium will mount in File Explorer as a lettered hard drive device.  We strongly recommend that you purchase a quality, class 10 memory card for this use.

Benefits

  • Memory card is contained within the chassis of the computer
  • May be used across computing devices
  • Small and easily stored or transported
Drawbacks 

  • Only available in smaller storage sizes
  • Higher cost per GigaByte than external disk drives
  • The technology is not as reliable as external hard drives
  • Small and easily lost

USB Flash Drives*

USB3 flash driveThe ThinkPad X1 Carbon and Helix are equipped with multiple USB ports that may be used in conjunction with an USB flash drive to expand your data storage.  This type of storage medium will mount in File Explorer as a lettered hard drive device.  Although you may use an USB2 or USB3 flash drive, we strongly recommend that you purchase a quality, USB3 flash drive for this use.

Benefits 

  • May be used across computing devices
  • Small and easily stored or transported
Drawbacks 

  • Only available is smaller storage sizes
  • Higher cost per GigaByte than external disk drives
  • Device protrudes from chassis of the computer
  • The technology is not as reliable as external hard drives
  • Small and easily lost

Western Digital External DriveExternal Hard Drive*

Attaching an external USB2 or USB3 hard drive is one of the more reliable methods to expanding your data storage capacity.  This type of storage medium will mount in File Explorer as a lettered hard drive device.  Although you may use a USB2 or USB3 external hard drive, a quality, a USB3 hard drive will provide better performance and a higher data transfer rate than a USB2 hard drive.

Benefits

  • Higher reliability than memory cards or USB flash drives
  • Very high capacity drives available
  • Lower cost per GigaByte than memory cards or USB flash drive
  • May be used across computing devices
Drawbacks

  • Device is external from chassis of the computer
  • Connected via a cable
  • May require additional power supply
  • Larger physical size than USB flash drives or memory cards

Cloud Storage

Windows 8 – Designed with Cloud Computing in Mind

Cloud/Online Backup Solutions

Relocate your iTunes Files

iTunesMany of us have vast iTunes music collections that reside on our computing devices.  Unfortunately, vast music collections, as well as photo collections, consume a large amount of data space on local drives.  It is advisable that you relocate your music files to an external device.  The link below will show you how to move your iTunes collection.

 

NOTES

* As with all data storage devices, it is imperative to utilize proper backup procedures to prevent data loss in the event of device failure.

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