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…
- 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.
- 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?