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64GB Surface Pro Only 23GB of Free Storage (does it even matter?)

January 30, 2013 5 Comments

A lot is being made about how much space is really left on a Surface tablet after the OS and apps are installed. Lets take a look at the numbers…

Surface Pro:

  • 64 GB Surface Pro = 23 GB of free storage out of the box
  • 128 GB Surface Pro =83 GB of free storage out of the box

The remaining storage is consumed by the Windows 8 Pro operating system,  recovery partition and built-in apps (like People/Mail/Calendar). This is a lot like the Microsoft Surface RT which has the following free space available.

Surface RT:

  • 32 GB Surface Pro = 16 GB of free storage out of the box
  • 64 GB Surface Pro = 45GB of free storage out of the box

Microsoft recently contacted Zdnet with the following:

“Surface Pro has a USB 3.0 port for connectivity with almost limitless storage options, including external hard drives and USB flash drives. Surface also comes pre-loaded with SkyDrive, allowing you to store up to 7GB of content in the cloud for free. The device also includes a microSDXC card slot that lets you store up to 64GB of additional content to your device. Customers can also free up additional storage space by creating a backup bootable USB and deleting the recovery partition.”

Now, this might come as a shock to some folks but I honestly don’t think it is a big deal. Why you ask? Simple, you can buy a 64GB microSDXC card for super cheap now a days. Windows and Surface give you options where as some ‘popular’ tablets give you none.

Now personally this isn’t too much of a big deal to me. Is it a deal breaker for you?




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  • http://davepermen.net davepermen

    put the backup-image external, 8gb more free. turn off pagefile and hibernation, another 8gb free. there, 16 more storage. with some features lost, of course.

    i’ll get the 128gb version, anyways. because i would not buy a laptop with 64giga, too. and this is the same. it’s windows, on laptop hardware. just in a tablet formfactor. but as i want to use it for all i used my laptop before, i know, 64gb won’t be enough.

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  • Marky

    It’s not a deal breaker, but it does look ridiculous and misleading – regardless of what other arrangements are available to consumers. I don’t believe “creating a backup bootable USB and deleting the recovery partition” passes the “can my grandma use this” test.

    Regardless of how cheap additional storage is, it doesn’t change the fact it must still be bought (even a spare USB stick for the backup). That the headline figures are 64GB / 128GB just feels like a slap in the face.

    • http://twitter.com/MyMarcio Marcio Correa

      In all seriousness… does your grandma need more than 20gb? The average user streams music / video nowadays they don’t store it.
      Pictures are mostly all on Facebook, Picassa, SkyDrive or w/e people use.
      Applications are the biggest windows memory hoggers and if you think about it most grandmas don’t use anything more than AOL for e-mail or Skype.
      But if your grandma is going Heavy duty on Torrents then I’d say she knows a thing or two about external storage devices. 🙂

    • http://twitter.com/MyMarcio Marcio Correa

      Not sure what happenend to the first comment. But in summary:

      The average user does not store music anymore. Everyone streams. Video: Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, etc. Pictures aren’t stored in PC’s for the most part anymore, they are on Facebook, SkyDrive, Picassa, or what have you.

      The biggest storage hoggers nowadays for “average” non-techy users are applications. We all know they have 100 Excell sheets, or word documents but those together don’t take more than 100mb. So if you’re grandmother isn’t using Skype for messaging and AOL for e-mail and she is more into torrents, I would say she knows a thing or two about external storage! 🙂

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