Well that got expensive quickly

I bought my Surface Pro 7 laptop in late September as I needed a Windows laptop as I was struggling sitting at my desk due to an injury I’d incurred at work in late-June 2021. What I didn’t realise till recently was it had a memory card slot I could use to overcome the limited (256Gb) storage I had.

Looking at my options it was clear I should go with the SanDisk Extreme SDXC card which was capable of 160MB/s read and 90MB/s write. Though not SSD speed, it was going to provide a solid alternative for files and applications storage. I decided to go with 256GB in the end doubling my storage, costing $188. I could have gone with this as is, however, wanted to encrypt the card to ensure if it were taken at any point its contents could not be easily read.

It was this decision that added additional expense to today’s purchase as my Surface came with Windows 11 Home which did not support bitlocker on additional drives, including bitlocker to go that supports SD cards and USB drives, thus an upgrade to Windows 11 Pro for $169 was needed. And expensive upgrade in the end, but worthy I think as the laptop has felt a little limited with just 256 gigs.

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