Nook has 2GB of internal storage (with 1.3 GB usable for your content). You can expand the storage capacity by adding a microSD card to the device. Cards of up to 16 GB are supported and the cards can be:
- Class 2, 4 or 6 microSD cards. 2 GB.
- Or Class 2, 4 or 6 microSDHC cards. 4, 8, or 16 GB.
Ideally, you'll want to use a Class 6 microSD or Class 6 microSDHC card as these are faster than Class 4 cards, which in turn are faster than Class 2 cards. Note also that the card must be formatted with the FAT 32 or FAT (also known as FAT 16) file system.
You can add a microSD card by following these steps:
- Power off your Nook by pressing and holding the Power button for 5 - 9 seconds. Unplug the device from AC power, and disconnect it from any USB connection.
- With the Nook face down on a soft or cushioned surface, locate the tab near the center of the bottom of the back cover. Carefully remove the back cover by holding the Nook in one hand and lifting the tab up from the bottom edge of the device.
- The back cover is snapped in at the bottom, the middle and the top. Once you've unsnapped the bottom, unsnap the middle and then the top. Do so carefully without bending the back cover or you might damage the screen and/or the back cover.
- Remove the metal cover on the microSD card holder by carefully pushing up on it and then lift the cover by inserting a fingernail into the bottom edge and lifting.
- Insert the microSD card by lining up the contacts on the card with the contacts in the card holder and dropping the card into place.
- With the card fitted and positioned properly, close and then lock the metal cover on the card holder.
- Carefully, insert the bottom of back cover into the bottom of the Nook. Gently, press down on the lower portion of the back cover to snap it into place, then do the same for the middle and top of the back cover. Ensure the back cover is securely attached. Do so carefully without bending the back cover or you might damage the screen and/or the back cover.
Keep the following in mind when using a Nook with a microSD card:
- When you connect your Nook to your computer via USB, you'll see a drive for the Nook itself and a drive for your microSD card.
- When you power on your Nook, the device connects to the network and then scans your microSD card to determine if there are any content changes that need to be processed.
- If you plan to lend out your ebooks, note that you cannot save a copy of a lent ebook to the microSD card.
- If you plan to use images for screensavers or wallpapers, note that you cannot place the images on the microSD card.
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