32GB Microsoft Surface Tablet gives you just 16-20GB of free space

32GB Microsoft Surface Tablet gives you just 16-20GB of free space
Hold on there a second. You didn't think that because you were buying the 32GB Microsoft Surface RT that you were getting 32GB of free storage with the tablet, did you? After many customers asked the Redmond based company to explain it all, Microsoft said that its 32GB Microsoft Surface RT actually provides 16-20GB of free space for music, videos, pictures, etc. While you might accept that figure, you probably are curious to know what happened to all of that space.

Where does all that disk space go on your Microsoft Surface RT?

Where does all that disk space go on your Microsoft Surface RT?

First, we have to tell you that all OEMs report disk size based on the decimal system while Windows displays it in binary where 1GB in decimal =.93GB in binary. Thus, 32GB native memory in decimal equals just 29GB in binary. It is the same size, just represented differently. 5GB is reserved for Windows recovery tools, which in case of a problem, you will be glad that it's there. Windows RT, Microsoft Office and other built in apps take 8GB and before you know it you have 16GB of binary disk space. A Microsoft Surface RT with a 64GB drive would have 46GB of binary disk space left after accounting for the pre-installed programs.

There are three ways that a Microsoft Surface RT owner can increase the storage space on his device. You can use cloud storage fromSkyCloud. A microSD, microSDHC, or microSDXC card can increase storage by up to 64GB, or you can buy a USB flash drive or hard drive. So don't worry about those pre-installed programs taking up your disk space as there are quite a few ways to have enough storage space to keep your Microsoft Surface RT tablet filled with your content.

source: Microsoft via WMPoweruser

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Surface RT
  • Display 10.6" 1366 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 1 megapixel
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB

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33 Comments

1. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Microsoft must be joking....so with Android I need to buy at least 32Gb, with Windows I have to pay more for 64GB version at least :-D Microsoft is really going to die soon with their ridiculous behaviour

2. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

But you can use USB memory sticks or SD cards or external drives as well, so why worry so much about inbuilt memory?

6. MeoCao unregistered

Sure you can always manage the memory, but that's not the point. The point is you get much less for the money you pay to MS. Nexus 10 any1?

11. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Agreed but at the same time u get flexibility of adding different types of memory, to me its looks like a small trade off and not a deal breaker.

14. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

you got a point...but you'll get a very premium, not plastic-made device! nexus 10 and the iPad 4(but still pricey, but atleast retina! hope the heating problem of ipad 3 is resolve on ipad 4) is/are a good alternative..but people will buy winRT tablets coz of the semi win8 offering! and RT is made for practical people who want to experience win8 in an ARM chips, those who just want office, really perfect for students and your professionals!

10. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

actually android can do that too...not sure about others but cheap android has a full USB.. so you can transfer file!

17. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

:) no, you will not change our behaviour.....usb memory I really do not use with my tablet or phone....like everyone :)

7. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

windows Rt has so many pre-loaded apps such as the office RT... so the reason is simple, microsoft put many preloaded apps to winRT to make it efficient...

18. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

ok, but what about the price!! again going down....wait 2-3 months and nothing :)

13. gothicheart

Posts: 83; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

ms has put in everything anyone would actually need in any tablet, unlike in of the others, where you have a lot of options and apps to download, most not working, unsecure and full of bugs, and would probably crash in no time. C'mon MS, take my money!!!

19. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

It's anywherehome again guys don't bother. This guys crazy he likes to drop his devices from 100m high windows and expects them to survive. Even he himself can't survive a 100m drop. This idiot bought a galaxy nexus instead of a nexus 4. He has no idea about the awesomeness of the surface rt.

20. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

drop from 100m do you really like it? I usually take photos from 100m with a string.....you without a string? so do you like dropping your phone from 100m? are you really so clever? :)

23. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

No you said the glass back of the nexus 4 10 will break if you drop it from a window 100 meters above the ground. I mean anything will break if you throw it from 100 meters.

28. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

no, read properly next time :) just said back glass is easy to crack :)

29. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

One way or the other you're crazy. I mean you actually thought Galaxy nexus was better than the nexus 4 and you sound like a guy who goes for vacations every 4 days.

30. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

hey guy, you even lie :) for me is important to swap batteries because I use it as camera, navigation, guide on vacation so yes GN is better for ME....can you read? :)

32. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

You think galaxy nexus has a good camera? It's a 5 megapixel cheap camera which is one of the worst cameras on a smartphone. I think arguing with u is pointless nowherehome !

33. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Where Ive said GN has a good camera? Are you really r*rarded?:) What else will you tell me Ive said? :)

3. Savage unregistered

I would rather buy a 16GB version and plug a 1 TB Flash Drive.

9. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

there's no 16GB version of winRT and the USB only support 2.0... and i think 1 TB supports 3.0 USB... i dont know if it support 2.0 USB port

15. Savage unregistered

That was just an example. Illustrating how space can be expanded.

4. djg71087

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 10, 2010

You mean SkyDrive

5. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i thought they already announce it before? the reason why it dont have 16GB version...

8. brandonrana

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

Why posting the same thing again ? Iphone/pad arena invading peoples mind to buy their ipads?

12. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2343; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Ughhj ,,, one reason why , I took back my 16gb ipad 3,, and bought the 64gb ipad 3 :-) problem solved

16. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

by talking like that, we already know what kind of specie you are.

31. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2343; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

It was supposed, too be for my kids,, but after seeing the retina display, and playing the new need for speed, on it, I was amaze :-)

21. app_droid_soft

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 09, 2012

so,its actually 32gb cum 16gb model!

26. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

This tablet has Micro SD card slot and the Ipad doesn't.

22. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

This is typical of any device you purchase - phones, tablets, laptops, desktops.... whatever it says you have for data storage, it will always be less...no biggie

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