64GB Surface Pro to come with only 23GB free

Don't you just hate it when you buy a new device, only to discover that the accessible amount of free storage is significantly smaller than what you read on the specs sheet? Well, those of you who are eying the Windows 8-powered Surface Pro tablet should prepare for a similar (actually worse) surprise.

A spokesperson from Microsoft has reportedly confirmed that the 64GB version of the tablet will only come with 23GB of user-accessible space. The other 41GB will be used by the operating system, built-in set of programs and recovery partition. Not cool, huh? You pay for a "64GB" tablet and get only 23GB of storage. On the other hand, the tablet is 64GB so you can't really complain. Or, you can complain, but the best you'll be able to get will be an advice to upgrade to a 128GB Surface Pro.

Still, Microsoft explains that if you need more storage space, and you most probably will, should you chose the 64GB one, you can create a back-up bootable USB and then delete the recovery partition. It is unclear how much space you'll be able to free up this way. And since we don't believe that there will be that many users who'll chose to create a back-up bootable USB drive, we guess that most will just prefer to insert a high-capacity microSD card on which to store their media files and other stuff.

via: TheVerge

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Surface Pro
  • Display 10.6" 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 1 megapixel
  • Processor Intel Core i5, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 64GB



1. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

When the manufactures put some extra storage room they charge $100s more and in this case the available storage is even less than half, now shouldn't they drop the price ?

11. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

I agree completely. This hurts, what an even bigger rip offered

12. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

Boo! Change this issue cuz I (may) purchase 1 so I don't want to get ripped off!!!!!!

13. JeffdaBeat unregistered

33. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Its not a rip off, these devices are capable of doing anything a $1000+ ultrabook can do, the storage on these actually deserves to be more expensive since they use solid state drives not cheap flash memory like your typical mobile devices. $100 extra for a 128gb ssd is fair. The solid state storage scale is about $100 for double till you get to 500gb then it gets very expensive after that.

39. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 974; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

It's not a rip-off, considerin it's only a 64-gig SSD with the full-version of W8 installed. Would you buy an 80-gig HDD today, install Windows, and then complain about having only ~40 gigs available for your programs? No. So by that logic, I doubt anyone would buy a 64-gig Surface Pro while thinking "the OS isn't going to take up any of that 64-gigs". Besides, you can easily use an external HDD or thumb drives for additional storage, and that recovery partition can be eliminated + expand the primary partition to maximize onboard storage. Also, keep in mind, it's an SSD, not a cheap built-in SD card, so you're paying for the much higher performance and far better memory management than an SD card can offer.

42. TritonForceX

Posts: 60; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

It IS a rip-off when you advertise 64GB and you get to use 36% of it! Take an 80GB drive, and, at it's worst for just base Windows 7 OS, a 20GB install. You still have 75% of the disk space to work with. When you're down to 36% usable space, just call it the 32GB or 16GB model, honestly! Unless they like to see fuel thrown on the Microsoft-hate fire.

27. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

No, because Microsoft still thinks we buy Windows because of big Microsoft itself.....but its only a tool for work so its enough to have 5 years old PC and 5 years old Windows....but Microsoft pays a lot for officials (bribing in Slovakia, Hungar etc.) to push his products up

2. Aeires unregistered

Should have just called it a 32GB tablet and wrote off the 9 gigs due to OS usage.

5. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

what if then, some developer created a back-up bootable USB and then deleted the recovery partition and got more than 32GB in total.....that would be an awkward moment...:) But hey then microsoft could advertise...our 32GB model comes with more than what u'd expect ;)

14. Aeires unregistered

Probably less than 1% of the average users are going to do that. Even if they did, who in their right mind would complain about getting extra memory?

21. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

That was a joke dude...and no one would complain...i never said anything like that...bt okay..

28. jimjam unregistered

That would not be the truth since it is a 64gb drive

3. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012


4. SleepingOz unregistered


6. Tones

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Thats pathetic

7. IamTheGodfatherofCell

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

hence why they are flailing and failing as a company.

8. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

WTF is wrong with Microsoft?

9. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

And people r ragging on apple for a 128 Verizon, that'll have about 123 free.

10. khmer

Posts: 95; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

High price and useless hardware keep it to yourself Microsoft, made it poor resolution display sell high price like Nexus 10 with resolution of 2560x1600,

34. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Ya the display might be bad but you can get a windows 8 tablet with an i7 3ghz and a dedicated gpu which will absolutely destory that nexus 10 you think is so good. Nexus 10 loses big time in every hardware category besides screen, if you want a better screen go get a third party windows 8 tablet.

15. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 624; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Is this a surprise to anyone I mean the amount of space that's gone is absurd but when have you ever received the storage that was advertised... NEVER.

18. Aeires unregistered

I've never bought a device and had half the memory used already. It's common for a portion to be taken for files and whatnot, but over half is insane.

35. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Then don't get the 64gb version. It is running the same version of windows 8 that you would install on your desktop/laptop thats why its so big.

16. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Why talk s**t about a product you won't buy or have no interest in? Why all this anger, hate, and frustration over MS? You don't like it, just GTFO! Its so easy. MS's radical new products are for the open minded and nonconforming crowd. If you're one who follows trends and does what everyone else does, this not for you. You know, you may have lost some gigs, but imagine that you're buying the full Cort press here. You also have inputs and outputs to add more memory. Point of the matter is, why this obsession with hate over MS. Who cares! Just move on with your life and be happy.

22. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Wait, are you the one who said that Windows 8 would run smoother than android, on his dual core Android tablet? And I asked, how much space it would take?

41. jsdechavez

Posts: 818; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

It has a USB 3.0 port.. no problemo there.

17. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

When you're planning to get a Surface Pro that means you want it's capability to run legacy programs/apps and those are installed on the hard drive and not on memory cards. Memory cards won't cut it.

23. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Indeed. Battlefield 3 on SD card? Yeah right

36. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

They don't use sd cards, they use solid states which are 11x faster than the best sd cards in phones.

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