How to Put a MicroSD in a Dell Computer

by C. Taylor
    MicroSD cards conveniently transfer files between your cell phone and Dell computer.

    MicroSD cards conveniently transfer files between your cell phone and Dell computer.

    David Paul Morris/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    The impressively small size of MicroSD memory cards make them the preferred medium for cell phones and ultra-compact electronics. These tiny cards significantly boost the internal storage of peripheral devices, but they also enable you to conveniently transfer files between the device and your Dell computer. To read the microSD device, your Dell needs to have a card reader. Most modern Dell laptop and desktop models will have an integrated card reader, but others will require an external USB card reader. Even if your Dell contains a card reader, it may not accept microSD cards, but a simple adapter converts it into a Dell-compatible SD card.

    Step 1

    Insert the microSD card into a SD card adapter. Make sure both labels are oriented in the same direction with the smaller end of the microSD card going into the adapter first. If your card reader supports microSD cards, you can insert the card directly into the reader.

    Step 2

    Slide the lock on the SD card adapter into the "Unlocked" position to allow writing to the card. If you are inserting the microSD card directly into a compatible card reader, skip this step; the microSD card does not have a locking mechanism.

    Step 3

    Plug an external USB card reader into an available USB port on your Dell computer. This is only necessary if your Dell computer does not have a card reader.

    Step 4

    Insert the microSD card or SD card adapter into the card reader. For most Dell laptop and desktop card readers, the memory card's label should be face-up, but that is not always the case. If you cannot find specific instructions, you may need to experiment, but don't force anything. The card should only fit in one direction and require no force.

    Step 5

    Click "Open Folder to View Files" in the AutoPlay window, which appears shortly after inserting the microSD card. Doing so opens Windows Explorer to view the microSD card's contents on your Dell computer.

    Required Items

    • USB card reader
    • SD card adapter

    About the Author

    C. Taylor has been a professional writer since 2009. He has written for online publications and the "Journal of Asian Martial Arts." Taylor specializes in martial arts, traveling, sciences and computer repair. He received a Master of Science in wildlife biology from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Arts in biological sciences from the College of Charleston.

    Photo Credits

    • David Paul Morris/Getty Images News/Getty Images