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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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30GB behemoth
By rvd2008 on 1/29/2013 10:53:26 AM , Rating: 4
Microsoft is stuck with this 30GB behemoth called Windows. It needs serious de-bloating if they want to remain relevant. Right now it is hard to impossible to back it up, restore, maintain or update. And to make things worse OEMs put bloat on top of the bloat. You buy Windows PC and first thing you need to do is to re-install everything as it is impossible to clean it up.

RE: 30GB behemoth
By kyuuketsuki on 1/29/2013 11:20:03 AM , Rating: 2
How are OEMs going to bloat the Surface Pro?

Microsoft really should turn off hibernation and modify the way the pagefile is handled out-of-the-gate, though, especially on devices with such limited storage space. Also, if they should turn off system restore and provide an external USB device to use for the recovery "partition".

RE: 30GB behemoth
By mcnabney on 1/29/2013 11:37:09 AM , Rating: 2
Yep, having a restore partition on a cramped SSD is grade-A stupid. They should include 24GB USB stick with all of the restore data. User data should be synced to the cloud.

RE: 30GB behemoth
By Mint on 1/29/2013 3:23:53 PM , Rating: 2
If you can delete it, why is it stupid to put it on?

It makes far more sense to keep it there and let the user delete it if he wants. If a user messes up his install (such a n00b probably won't use much space anyway), he can restore it with ease and not have to locate his recovery stick, or if it's lost, send his unit in for repair or wait for MS to send him a recovery stick.

RE: 30GB behemoth
By kmmatney on 1/29/2013 7:41:40 PM , Rating: 2
They should have a built-in ROM for emergancy use, with the ability to hook up to the internet, and then you can recover to factory settings on-line.

RE: 30GB behemoth
By Netscorer on 1/29/2013 12:50:22 PM , Rating: 3
If you turn off hibernation on this generation of Surface-Pro like tablets, you would find your tablet nearly dead after night sleep. Not enough battery capacity in combination with Ivy Bridge deep sleep wattage would mean lots of frustrated customers.

RE: 30GB behemoth
By Mint on 1/29/2013 3:15:35 PM , Rating: 2
It needs serious de-bloating if they want to remain relevant.
LOL talk about overreaction. Did you know that this comes with expandable memory, while the iPad and 11.6" Air do not?

<$20 for a 32GB card to offload the recovery partition, and it costs even less to add incrementally more flash to the SSD. Both of these prices will continue to drop.

RE: 30GB behemoth
By messele on 1/30/13, Rating: 0
"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs
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