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Windows 8 Pro and Microsoft's pre-installed apps take a big bite out of available storage

This isn't the first time that we've heard about space constraints in Microsoft's Surface tablets, and this likely won't be the last. Back in early November, we briefly touched on the fact that Surface RT has its available storage space seriously encroached by the operating system and pre-installed software. The 32GB version only has 16GB available to the user, while the 64GB version has 45GB available to the user.
For comparison, the 32GB and 64GB iPad/iPad mini have roughly 28.6GB and 57.2GB available respectively to the user.
We are now hearing reports that the upcoming Surface Pro takes an even bigger hit due to Windows 8 Pro and pre-installed apps from Microsoft. According to Hexus and Softpedia, the 128GB Surface Pro will only have 83GB of space available to the user. So the user is losing 45GB of storage space due to formatting/OS/pre-installed apps.
That's a big chunk of space robbed from the user on the 128GB version, but users who are thinking about the 64GB Surface Pro might want to think twice if it too is going to get hit with a 45GB punch to the gut. However, it should be noted that both the Surface RT and Surface Pro do features expandable storage via an SDXC slot; and the Surface Pro also features a USB 3.0 port.
For a refresher, the Surface Pro will be available in the U.S. and Canada starting on February 9 at $899 and $999 for the 64GB and 128GB models respectively.

Updated 1/29/2013 @ 2:16pm EST
The Verge reports that the 64GB Surface Pro will only have 23GB of available free space fresh out of the box. Microsoft also states that you will be able to get some of that free space back by "creating a backup bootable USB and deleting the recovery partition."

Sources: Hexus, Softpedia, Microsoft

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Not good enough as a PC
By tayb on 1/29/2013 9:41:04 AM , Rating: 3
This machine is not good enough to replace my work laptop and if it can't do that it has zero value for me. The exciting part about Windows 8 was the idea that I could replace my work laptop and my iPad with a single device. So far so... nothing.

The Lenovo Helix looks as if it might be that device but it's extremely expensive.

Surface is a major letdown for me.

RE: Not good enough as a PC
By Nortel on 1/29/13, Rating: 0
RE: Not good enough as a PC
By nikon133 on 1/29/2013 3:03:32 PM , Rating: 2
Sandisk has SDXC with 45MB/s read/write. That wouldn't be bad at all, considering that USB2.0 HDDs hardly reach over 30MB/s in real life scenarios... unfortunately both 64 and 128GB cards are bitterly pricey at the moment... but potential is there.

RE: Not good enough as a PC
By ritualm on 1/29/2013 4:40:46 PM , Rating: 2
Up to 45MB/s sequential read/write for cameras and camcorders. Laptops and tablets are rarely compatible with the UHS-1 standard, so you're stuck with something closer to 10MB/s. My 64GB microSDXC cards do only 11MB/s just writing data to the card.

USB 2.0 HDDs are still faster than SD card storage.

RE: Not good enough as a PC
By TakinYourPoints on 1/29/2013 6:14:31 PM , Rating: 2
It might be a few years ahead of its time. Internal components will eventually catch up with the potential of the device. Haswell is a major first step. The UI will hopefully be addressed as well.

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