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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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By DaveLessnau on 1/29/2013 2:06:44 PM , Rating: 2
Adding to the above, I'd like to say that my wife and I have ALL of our personal data backed up on SpiderOak (secure cloud storage). For the TWO of us, that totals about 16.5 GB. So, for normal people, the amount of user-accessible storage on these devices is plenty.

But, even ignoring that, it's time to move into the century of the fruit-bat (or whatever it is). Windows 8 (and Office 2013) is DESIGNED to work with the cloud. As "Da W" noted, everyone gets 7 GB of free storage on Skydrive (which does NOT store your information in encrypted form, so watch out for that) and an Office 2013 subscription gets you an additional 20 GB. There are plenty of other free cloud storage providers to look at, too. The 100 GB of secure storage we have with SpiderOak lists at $100/yr (or $10/month). So, it's fully feasible to either keep everything in the cloud or just keep your currently active stuff local and archive everything else to the cloud.

Yes, there are exceptions. but, for the vast majority of people, the available storage on these machines is fine.

By ritualm on 1/29/2013 4:34:56 PM , Rating: 2
Adding to the above, I'd like to say that my wife and I have ALL of our personal data backed up on SpiderOak (secure cloud storage).

That's not a very secure way of storing your personal data.

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