Microsoft's 128GB Surface Pro will ship with just 83GB of usable space

By Shawn Knight ยท 34 replies
Jan 29, 2013
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  1. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    'Computer toy' being the operative word. How could anybody be stupid enough to pay so much just to do tasks like presentations when a similarly priced ultra book can do exactly the same thing with the same portability convenience of a tablet and far greater storage capacity. Go figure.
  2. David Andrews

    David Andrews TS Rookie

    I normally do a 'clean' barebones install of the OS on machines that I buy as it's often quicker than uninstalling excess junk. We've yet to see how much bloat there is on this new Surface Pro. I expect that a chunk of this is an Office Trial of the kind included with mainstream PCs and system restore partition - both mentioned above.

    Enthusiasts and IT administrators can optimise that storage space for the target use. I'm quite confident that this machine won't be popular with the average user, anyway.
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,994   +2,528

    Well um, are you sure I can't change your mind with some video?

    Sorry about that, I just couldn't resist! My impulse control is poor, you all know that.......:oops:

    In our next segment, we're bringing in a world renowned psychologist from Harvard to discuss, "ROFLMAO", and its impact on the educational development of the computer buying public....;)
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  4. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    ^-- I haven't yet seen a classic Windows ad, for getting work done. It's all hipster douchebags getting drunk, taking photos and uploading to a non-existent facebook app.
  5. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,471   +375

    I would too ultimately, but the allure of having what is effectively an AIO (full) windows system with a decent digitizer is not something for me to scoff at, and most if not all convertible laptops are as expensive or more so. You can be sure I won't be a starting gate adopter however; there are too many unknowns for me at the moment.
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Excellent :D I may yet take Microsoft's tablets seriously. I hope you don't work for Apple...
  7. Gary Roberts

    Gary Roberts TS Rookie

    All Tech reviewers claims of Surface Pro reduced storage is matter of making a mountain out of a mole hill:

    Because Microsoft has a handy little tool on the surface that allows you to move the recovery partition to a usb drive. During the process it will prompt if you want to delete the partition and recover the space. Worked great and took about 10 minutes!
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,994   +2,528

    Gary, I couldn't help notice your "Newcomer in Training" title. I just wanted to welcome you, and allow you to be privy on a little secret. That's exactly what online forums are for, "making mountains out of molehills"....;) So see, we're doing it right...!:p
    Allow me to rework this a bit; "M$ is too trifling to ship the Surface with a stinking 10 dollar USB drive, with the recovery information already mounted". So, the proud new owner has to supply a thumb drive, and do it themselves. But it's not difficult, because M$ has condescended to supply the instructions".

    In any event, the reason that this "molehill", became a "mountain" in the first place, is due to the fact that some putz is suing M$ because available space in these tablets doesn't match with the published capacity of the "drive".'s the link to that debacle:
  9. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    Have companies been sued before for not shipping 1TB drives, and not allowing the full use of RAm if you have an IGP? :S

    Also, MS stopped handing out recovery media with Windows 7 OEM. Laptops/desktops purchased in a retail store require you to make your own recovery DVD. Yay, cost cutting..
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,994   +2,528

    Gosh, Windows 7 you say? I had to burn my own recovery discs when I bought my eMachines T-5026 in 2005....!

    (IDK or remember about your lawsuit questions. The most recent one was stuck in my mind).

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