To add file storage space on your Windows Mobile device, purchase a compatible storage card and slip it into the card slot on your device.
The file storage cards shown here, from left to right, are: CompactFlash, Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, miniSD, and microSD.
Here’s how to do it:
- Purchase a storage card that is compatible with the card slot in your device. These cards are usually available from the device manufacturer or wireless carrier that sold you the device. In addition, you can get them from card manufacturers like SanDisk ( sandisk.com ) and Kingston Technologies ( kingston.com ). They are also carried by online stores like MobilePlanet.com . These cards use non-volatile flash memory, which means that you will not lose data contained on them if your battery runs low.
- Slip the card into the slot on your device. After you do this, the card appears as a separate folder in the device’s File Explorer (or File Manager).
- Create a new file folder on it called “My Documents.” Store documents, pictures, music, etc. in that folder or a sub-folder within it. Any file stored in the My Documents folder (or a sub-folder in it) will appear in the list view of Word, Excel, or other applications.
Main types of storage cards available:
- SD cards (Secure Digital): Many touch screen devices have SD card slots, as do most of the older Pocket PCs. They are about the size of a postage stamp and as thick as a piece of cardboard. Data can be protected from being modified or erased when needed and they also have copyright protection. MMC cards are nearly identical in size and can also be used in an SD card slot. They do not have the copyright protection of SD cards.
- MiniSD cards: These are smaller in size and available in smaller storage capacities. MiniSD card slots are found in many of the more recently-released phone-enabled devices. (Note: With an adapter, they can be used in an SD card slot.)
- MicroSD cards: These are smaller in size than the miniSD cards. Many of the non-touch screen smartphones have microSD card slots. (Note: Like the miniSD card, they can be used in an SD card slot with an appropriate adapter.)
- CompactFlash (CF): The largest and least expensive card available. It also has the largest storage capacities. Unfortunately, you’ll only find CF card slots in pre-WM 6 Pocket PCs.
Here are some things you need to consider before purchasing a storage card:
- Check to see what type of card your device accepts. If you are unsure about this, consult your user’s guide. These cards are different in size—make sure you buy the right card.
- If you have a large number of files to transfer to your device’s storage card (for example, all or part of your MP3 music collection), purchase a card reader for your desktop PC and use it ...