Saving Some Space
Early this year I replaced my 2018 Dell XPS 15 with a 2020 Dell XPS 13. I gave the older laptop to a son. It's still fine, runs well and has an I7 and 16 GB of RAM. I just upgrade every 2 years and keep up to date. I make my living developing web applications. As soon as the warranty runs out, I upgrade.
I really like the new XPS. It's touch and has a pen. The XPS 15 was non-touch but the XPS before that was touch. The new generation is really quiet and has better cooling than the previous generations. It also comes with a microSD card slot.
With all the applications, tools, libraries, databases, and code the SSD was filling up. I could easily make sure I'm all checked in and push my repos and remove some code but I like having it at the ready. I decided to move, for now, all my repos to the SD card.
I first had to upgrade to Windows Pro. I was running Windows 10 Home for the last few months. Windows 10 Home has encryption but only for fixed disks. Then I formatted the SD card and encrypted it. In Window 10 Pro, encryption leaves it removable and encrypts it with a recovery key and a password.
I figure this is good for disaster recovery also. My code is my livelihood. So far, after a week, I don't even notice it. My code is on the D: drive now but that is the only difference. Performance is the same. I also have a buffer before my hard drive fills up.