The NVIDIA SHIELD happens to be one of the most popular Android TV boxes. Well, if you’re thinking about getting one for yourself, you should keep in mind that it doesn’t come with a microSD slot. This is one of the key changes between the new model of the device and the earlier one. But it also means that you cannot take advantage of an external microSD storage. However, looking closely, that’s not really an issue. The new NVIDIA SHIELD comes with room for adoptable storage that allows you to directly use a USB drive the same way you might use a microSD card.

To be quite plain, the entire process is easy and you’re able to plug in your external USB drive within no time. Once it’s connected into any of the SUB ports at the back of the SHIELD, the console immediately recognizes the attached storage and asks you what you want to do with it.

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If you want to view the contents of the USB storage, select ‘browse’. However, if you want to configure the USB stick as the storage device, then tap ‘setup as device storage’. The system informs you that the device needs formatting. Thus, if you’re not using a new drive, make sure that all your content is backed up elsewhere. The formatting process is meant to delete everything and prep the drive so that it’s compatible with the NVIDIA SHIELD.

Once the formatting process is complete, you’ll be told that the USB device is now working as the storage for your SHIELD. You’ll be prompted to move existing device data to the attached USB drive. You can activate this later if you don’t want to do it right now. However, the process takes just a few seconds.

Under your SHIELD’s settings option, the new USB should be listed under ‘Storage’. All your apps and data will also have been migrated to the new storage. A key point is that you should purchase the right kind of USB drive to make the best out of NVIDIA’s adoptable storage. To make this easier for you, NVIDIA already lists a number of flash drives that provide the best performance. These include the Samsung BAR METAL (128 GB) which goes for about $40.99. SanDisk’s 128GB Ultra has also been listed as a recommended USB stick, and also the Corsair Flash Voyager Slider x1 128GB drive.

So you no longer have to be worried that there’s no microSD slot on your new NVIDIA SHIELD. All you need to do is plug in a little USB drive and you’ll be ready to go!

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