How to Put a MicroSD in a Dell Computer

Updated April 17, 2017

A MicroSD card can store thousands of music and picture files, and it is only the size of your thumbnail. It is mostly used in cell phones and other handheld devices, where space is at a premium. MicroSD cards use similar technology as regular SD cards. SD, or secure digital, is an external storage format that is standard on most computers. As long as you have a MicroSD adaptor, you can access your MicroSD card from any SD slot.

Orient both the SD adaptor and MicroSD card so that the label faces up and the metal pins face down.

Insert the MicroSD card into the adaptor. Do not force the card. If you encounter resistance, reorient the card and try again.

Locate the SD slot on your computer. On most Dell computers, the SD slot is in the front. It may be behind the panel with the "Dell" logo on it. On a Dell netbook, the slot may be located on the side of the computer; for instance, a Dell Mini 9 features an SD slot on the left-hand side, in front of the USB ports. The SD slot may be labelled "SD/.MS" or "SD.MS/Pro.MMC"

Insert the SD adaptor into the SD slot. The computer should automatically recognise the card.


MicroSD cards are usually sold with an adaptor. If your computer is too old to have an SD slot, you can replace the MicroSD to SD adaptor with a MicroSD to USB adaptor.


Do not remove the card without ejecting it from Windows first (In the Computer window, right-click on the card's drive and select "Eject."

Things You'll Need

  • MicroSD Adapter
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Amber Viescas is a 23-year-old freelancer who has been writing since 2009, penning articles for sites such as Nu Home Source. She has a Bachelor of Arts in computer science from Swarthmore College and has co-published a paper in the "Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing."